On Expansions And Rational Discussions (aka don’t be a jerk).

So last week Blizzard announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft to very mixed responses. A lot of the people I interact with online either play or have played WoW, and as I’ve mentioned before I’ve played it off and on since vanilla. The thing is a lot of people, including myself, were very vocal about how they were not pleased with what was shown, or how they felt let down by it.

Like I said I was one of those people, but after I had made a few comments about it I realized that all I was doing was raining on the parade of the people who really do enjoy the game. Now I didn’t go in trying to specifically ruin someones day, but I know that it probably bothered the people who were thoroughly excited about the game to see so much negativity towards it. I think a lot of the things that were said were due to our ability to type out what we’re thinking and post them online before having time to really stop and think about what we’re saying. I know that when I said negative things about it I wasn’t thinking about whether or not I was going to hurt someone’s feelings, and if I did that wasn’t my intention.

The thing about this is that it goes both ways. Both sides do have the right to be vocal about how they feel, but we have to respect that they may have an opinion that differs from our own. If you don’t agree with what someone is saying, then you don’t have to respond to it. All you’re going to do is start an argument. Having a civil, well thought out discussion is one thing, but this is the internet and you really don’t see a whole lot of that.

And don’t misunderstand me, I think both sides have to right to express how they feel but you don’t have to be that person who goes around just trying to ruin someones day. You don’t have to respond to them just to say that you don’t agree and that they should feel bad about being excited/displeased about something. Whether or not you agree with what someone says we should all try to be a bit more respectful to what other people think. And maybe we could all do a better job communicating why we are excited/displeased over something. If you are really excited about something maybe you should spend more effort than 140 character talking about why you’re excited/displeased with something. I think that if we could all just communicate a bit better we could at least have more rational discussions on the topic. Arguing doesn’t help make things better, it just causes us to close up and not want to share how we feel about something.

In the end that’s the point I feel like I’m trying to make. You can feel however you want about things, but try to be understanding about how other people feel. You don’t know what kind of day they’re having, and having one less negative comment could mean a huge difference in how their day turns out.

I think we could all learn a thing or two about being more understanding and respectful.

If you feel that strongly about something write about it, open it up to a rational dialogue. Don’t just go around being a jerk.