Captain I am sorry that you feel my thread only brings negativity. I dont think it is a zero sum game.The more interesting BB content there is, the more time I (or other players) will spend on it.
Did not say that your “thread brings only negativity”. What I said was:
Regardless of the original intent of the OP in each post, each of these threads at some point delve into the lingering resentment.
I did not indicate that the op in any of those threads was the instigator nor did I single your post out. I included what was at the time a list of 25% of the first page posts all of which in one way or another exemplified the type of resentment I am referring to. Nothing personal, it is called feedback.
To your point about not posting content that is any way negative here, that would really cut the amount of activity. How is that helpful?If players want to share negative feelings and get feedback, how is that bad?
Whether it is bad or not depends upon your goals. If your goal is to create a small close knit community bonded by the common trauma they went through. A community that outsiders visit and decide “no thanks, I’ll go somewhere else”; I would agree there is nothing wrong.
If the goal as I have seen stated on the forum is to be a stand out, a shining alternative where new players come to find value and join the community because it has so much to offer; then repeatedly reopening and rehashing these old wounds is indeed bad because it works in direct opposition to the goal.
As for cutting any
negativity, that is not what I said. I am specifically talking about the bitterness toward SuperCell and other channels. I love a good debate. I can enjoy a good argument. I am the last person you will find to say that we should be all peaches and cream. You have known me through the forum for years now. You should know that about me. I am no Polly Anna. I think that you fight for what you have a chance to change and that doing so is healthy and even admirable. The forum closure, the elevation of other channels; we can do exactly nothing to change that decision so let it go. There is a parable my wife uses that I love: “Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
Let’s look at a hypothetical that takes this completely away from Boom Beach and the forum. Consider: you are moving and looking for a new school for your child. Some of your co workers tell you about this great school. It sounds wonderful, you go to the school to attend an open house. 25% of the parents and students bring up their negative feelings about how this school was formed after another school was shut down and its population redistributed. The negativity somehow seems to find its way into many of the conversations that come up. The same litany of grievances repeated over and over. What impression would you have of that school? What would you think of the culture of that school? Would you enjoy being around those people? Would you find it toxic and exhausting? Would you want your child to go there?
This is about empathy. Being able to set aside our personal feelings and perspective in order to understand and accept how an outsider could percieve this forum. If the goal is growth, then we need to provide a place that is welcoming rather than off-putting. In my opinion we don’t need to talk about the politics of Boom Beach, SuperCell, and different channels. We just need to talk about the game. How to play, strategy, share knowledge and know how. We need to be the fans of the game that we know we are! If we do that none of the official channels can hope to compete. We have so many really intelligent, great, and very experienced players in this community. That
is our greatest strength and greatest value that we can offer.
I dont know how to attract users of the other platforms, if mentions of the Forum are deleted from those platforms.Once again I would point out that my post on discord was merely a link back to here, with the message that all the accumulated info and threads from the old Forum were still available.To me, whoever deleted my post is contributing to a diminishing of teh community, not me.
Luring people from other channels by going into their “house” is admittedly a somewhat brute force tactic. Some might even consider it poaching.
We need to get creative. Think outside of the box. zMot was here today. On this very forum. He is a name in Boom Beach. Yallik is a regular here. Could we forge relationships with these content creators and get them to throw a little love our way? A kind mention from zMot could help us out. But we need an inviting space before we can ask people like zMot to put their good names on the line by in essence vouching for us.