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EDITORIAL: Agencies to Blame?
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Jojo
Jojo
Old Shoe

Jun-20-2007 12:56

***This is my opinion. Strictly my opinion.***


I've looked at the community, and anyone who's been here longer than 100 days is able to see that Sleuth activity has gone down the tubes. Dead. And what is to blame? The agencies.

Now, agencies aren't the root cause. Let's get that straight. But the way they have been operating is. The problems with agencies are (1) the quantity, (2) the purpose, (3) and the role they play.

Okay, first, the quantity of agencies. Not too long ago, there were about 20-30 agencies. All full at 12 persons each, coming to a total of roughly 240-360 people. That was a good amount. But now, we have almost 120 agencies. That's right. 600% of the amount we had about a year ago. Sure, some may argue that the community has grown, and it certainly has. But 600% growth? I don't think so.

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Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-20-2007 15:00

I dont see Sleuth as being broken and therefor needs fixing. Sleuth to me is more of a individual game. Even though we have agencies and work, together we work on our own detectives at our own pace and own time...something that will never change.

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-20-2007 15:01

I reposted to fix my grammer since its being pointed out...

should aslo point out that im at work, and I'm trying to post my thoughts and at the same time trying to do work, while avoiding anyone seeing me doing this!

:)

Jojo
Jojo
Old Shoe

Jun-20-2007 15:02

We understand. It's an addiction, so much that we all have to sneak it. :D

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-20-2007 15:03

Agreed Jo that the community does need some work. It's not fair to hav e people die off such as hawkeye and fiddler because of other players...and for those newbs that like to start crap...its our job as a community to talk to them and get them to see how things are done around here and guid e them in a right directions...thats a big prblem a lot of people on here have. They get so annoyed with newbs that they dont take the time to actually help them when they need it. Ive tried my best to help out when I can, but we need more help with newbies and oldies who are looking to go in the right direction.

Jojo
Jojo
Old Shoe

Jun-20-2007 15:05

A great point to bring up: treatment of newbies.

I think there are certain people who are very much against people coming in, and they aren't wiling to give them a chance.


Completely agreed. That needs to be changed.

Rhiemma Moon
Rhiemma Moon
Well-Connected

Jun-20-2007 15:06

Agreed, Jojo. Not necessarily 'fixing'.

But, many of us have lost our sense of 'community'. We don't take the time to welcome the noobs and to integrate them into the 'Family' of Sleuth. Instead we castigate them for not reading the already written out rules and how to's while essentially telling them, 'Go away, kid, you bother me'. They're noobs and not worth our time, it seems until they have read everything and gone their own way. No wonder they start their own agencies with a small roster of other noobs. No one else seems to realize that these are the future of Sleuth.

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-20-2007 15:12

Exactly Rhiemma, which is why I try and help thenm out as much as possible. I do admit they some do get on my nerves, but I know I'm doing the right thing by loking past it and still helping them out.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jun-20-2007 15:18

Ok, I don't post very often but just wanted to chime in here. Helping out the newbies is a very important part of the growth of the game. Just like I do in other games that I play, when a newbie asks a question, I politely answer it for them and then refer them to where they can find the answers on their own. That is what the newbie FAQ's are for and I've seen them on almost every online game I play.

The main thing to remember here, is that we were all newbies at some point.


Rhiemma Moon
Rhiemma Moon
Well-Connected

Jun-20-2007 15:27

Some of these people (well a lot, actually) are kids. Many of whom have few if any real social skills. So, guess what? We become their examples of how to act socially. Oh, but let me guess... you're not here to teach some kid how to act in public or in a social situation. you're here to play Sleuth. So... go play Sleuth and get out of the Community. PLEASE NOTE: I'm not talking to any one person, this is a hypothetical conversation!!! COMMUNITY is family, clan or tribe. or village. We DO have an obligation to these people. If they are irritating, TELL them what YOU perceive is wrong with their behavior. Not wrong with them... wrong with their behavior. if they continue to behave that way, IGNORE THEM. Shunning is a well known and highly successful form of behavior modification. ie DON'T FEED THE TROLLS eventually they either make the mental shift and change their behavior or they go somewhere else that will continue feeding them the drama they require to feel that they exist.

But, we also can't expect that we will get along with everyone. So, we do the best thing for the community as a whole and don't address that person unless it becomes socially necessarily and then we do so politely. We treat each other with respect and consideration, understanding that we are all individuals who are unique unto ourselves and highly valued for those differences.

ok.. sorry. ::sheepish grin:: *kicks away soapbox*

Rhiemma Moon
Rhiemma Moon
Well-Connected

Jun-20-2007 15:29

thank you for your contribution, ctown. Indeed, we most certainly were. :)

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