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The status of the official wow forums.

So, in this blog, I’m going to comment on the -EU- forums, more peticularly the realm forum where I used to hang out from time to time.

I’ve stopped writing guides there, I’m mainly commenting on my own guild thread or a rare topic now and then, but by no means in the same degree as I used to.

Why, you might ask?

Well, the voting system, which I strongly dislike is one thing, I’ve written about that before, so I won’t repeat myself there.

But frankly, the generally allowed toxic tone, how people jump on you, sometimes in groups, and how namecalling and badmouthing, trolling and hostility is allowed, is more than enough to discourage even the most friendly and polite poster.

Report them, you might say. And yes I do report them whenever possible, but we never see any consequences, a 3 day ban is hardly felt and the guys are back to continue.

These days, we are actually being downvoted and told off for being helpful and for speaking common sense and supporting good behaviour.

It is not a forum I wish to engage in, hence I’m sticking to my blog and twitter.

To give you an example, in an offtopic thread the other day, a girl told about her beloved cat, who recently passed away, and granted us a short little video of it drinking water, while growling almost like a dog. A cute, non-offensive story about a pet she had loved and sorely missed.

A guy replied to her post, quoting her video and made comments as if he was pleasuring himself due to watching the movie.

The girl ofcourse reacted rather strongly, to a guy fapping to her deceased pet.

Anyone who tried to speak reason, or to agree with her right to be upset was downvoted and told off, the others told the girl herself she was an attentionseeker and should quit whining pretty much.

So goodbye wow forum. Until the day Blizzard decides to clean up their forums, I won’t participate. I will not support a field for trolls and hostility to grow in.

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My comment on the wow-forum vote system.

Now, we have had the voting system in place for a while on the EU forums now. WoW players gets to upvote or downvote other players posts.

While this seems nice and fine on the paper, it sadly opens for a cesspit of abuse.

We saw it as a MVP once posted a helpful post on the Argent Dawn EU forum, and got 120 dislikes, as the reply was perhaps less well thought out. It was followed up by an infamous goblin from the Iron Vultures, who made a post on customers forum, congratulating said MVP on “being the most disliked person ever on Argent Dawn forum.”

We have seen it countless times, as a dwarf made himself unpopular due to some events on alliance. He has not been able to post anything ever since, without getting heavily downvoted, no matter how friendly and helpful his posts might be from time to time. I’m not saying his previous actions were alright, I don’t know the factual happenings well enough to take a side, but what is happening nowadays is pure bullying if you ask me.

Finally I can give myself as example. I have a couple people on the realm, who dislikes me for various reasons, I also have a person who has stalked me for 1,5 years ingame and on twitter, after I kicked him from a guild due to bad behaviour.

I’ve received friendly messages like this one, ingame:

And the up- and downvotes are just another way for him to be after me. Often my guilds recruitment page had all their posts downvoted -1 on all posts, so we had to go upvote it after, to even it out. I cannot prove it’s him ofcourse, but I feel rather convinced, as he has shown a rather large stamina in his efforts so far.

I decided to give out money to random strangers on the realm, together with a friend, during the Christmas we gave out 27k gold, promoting friendly, helpful attitudes. We decided to repeat it to celebrate our realm turning 10 years on February 11th, and even posting a thread like that, gets me downvoted by those who hate me.

This has caused me to not write much more on realm forum, any RP guides I’ll make in the future, will be placed on my blog instead.

I know several others have stopped writing on wow forums due to downvoting-abuse, and frankly it saddens me to see the good, constructive, friendly posters being shunned away by this.