Hi, everyone, it's Griff again. Haven't done one of these threads in a while.
-- Hi everyone, it's Caststarman here interjecting!
TL;DR: Keep discussion focused to the topic at hand. --
I'd like to bring up the topic of relevance on this Forum again and where it's appropriate or not, and I'll use BBG and BBO as an example.
Before I say anything else, I want to confirm (since I'm a Moderator and the new members might get confused) that this technically isn't a rule. However, it's still a glaring issue within the community and I simply made this thread to get people thinking about what they're posting.
When making a post, you have to determine if what you're going to say will be relevant to the conversation at hand. If you believe that you are contributing to the main topic by keeping your post primarily focused on the topic and what other people are saying about it, that's the type of reply to post. It's always cool to keep your posts as relevant as possible. What you shouldn't do is go off-topic, or "derail". For example, your mind is set on something else at the time you're making a post, something completely different from the point of a thread or the conversation around it, and you can't help but put your thoughts into a reply. You don't think twice about the topic or what people will say to you and post whatever else is on your mind anyways. That's what's not good. It makes people question whether or not you either payed any attention to the thread's topic or just even care about it at all. You're setting a bad example, and it makes very few members out-right cringe. If you don't care about a thread's topic or the conversation surrounding it, don't say anything at all. That's what you should keep in mind.
Unfortunately, the negative solution is most apparent with threads contributing towards Battle Bears Gold and its younger brother, Battle Bears Overclock. It should be incredibly obvious by now to just about everyone that SkyVu (BATTLE BEARS Incorporated) is currently heavily focused on polishing and expanding upon BB Overclock as much as they possibly can. Understandably, fans of the older brother are quite upset about this, as it seems to them that SkyVu abandoned their favorite game. So of course, complaints are bound to be rampant, but the problem is that people are going out of their way to complain about the shift of focus within everything involving BBO itself. Take one look at the first reviews of BBO from February and you'll see reviews that completely bash the game with no remorse simply because "BB Gold is better". That's the only thing that most of these types of reviews state with everything else regarding BBO thrown out the window, no chances taken whatsoever. Now, BBG fans are starting to take out their built-up impatience on these very Forums too. Despite BBG literally just getting an update, if you dig through some recent BBO threads, you'll see a few posts that are basically just there to force SkyVu's attention in order to get them to completely shift their focus towards BBG. Keep in mind what I talked about earlier, these recent posts also happen to be completely irrelevant towards the topic at hand. Now, I would start saying a few, rather personal words about how I feel about this, but this isn't the thread for that.
I will say though that posts like these are not what you should be making, they are completely off-topic and only serve to derail the thread and possibly hurt a few people because of what they're trying to do, which is the point I'm trying to get at. It's not just within the BB player base either, countless other threads have had numerous posts that are there to derail as well, making quite a lot of members aggravated. I'm sure all of you can list at least one example of this.
So just, you know, stop. Be mindful of what others expect you to post, be aware of what you are posting. Don't go around saying random things that pop up in your head, it'll only create more trouble for you than help you. There's also a chance that others could get annoyed or even offended, and you could regret it at some point in your life.
Keep it relevant, keep most topics separate from each other, don't force the attention of anyone in order to shift their focus, and don't derail threads. It's all you have to do, that's one thing that makes you a respectable member in the community.