Has actually kept my faith in humanity these last few days.
There are many forums I use on many different subjects and I have to say, for better or worse, the RPG communities seem to have less ‘trolls’ than anywhere else. A large online community that over the years I’ve helped run, promoted and generally seen it grow from a free forum that let people talk about the nights they had had in a local nightclub to a forum with a worldwide readership as well as the owner buying their own nightclub and running their own nights has exploded virtually overnight. It’s thanks to these people that just can’t seem to get on with anyone unless they gang up to bully others that I’ve gave up and walked away.
I’d be lying if I said this only ever happened in this one forum but it happens everywhere. People will get on swimmingly talking about any subject until someone takes a dislike either to the topic or one of the users and it spirals out of control from there. I have no doubt it’s happened somewhere in the RPG community at some time but I’ve never seen it. And it’s the only place that I’ve never seen it.
I don’t know if its because of the subject itself or whether its skills we learn through playing tabletop games that we have the personal skills to deal with things like this before they get to bad. Either way I thank you good people for keeping my sometimes misguided belief in humanity from dying.