Hey guys! This is going to be a thread with honest opinions from me, and I am pretty sure a lot of people will agree with me. Be prepared to be disagreed with, confused, and possibly enraged, but I am making this from my heart. And my brain. To serve as a warning: do not rage at me, call me names, and think that I am stupid, because these are my thoughts. It is up to you to take them seriously or not. If you are a staff member, it is up to you to make changes based on my thoughts or not. Make sure to read the whole thread to completely understand my points and not misunderstand, misinterpret, or just miss anything. To start off, the state of the community. This has been an issue long existing, and I honestly have had enough of it, and it seems some other people do to. If you don't know what I am talking about, it's the way people express themselves on the forums, for starters. As an example, if you still don't know what I am talking about, let me bring up a fake-but-likely-to-happen-in-real-life scenario. Let's say someone makes a thread about a topic that some people either don't appreciate, think is dumb, or any other negative thing. The person posts the thread, and the first response they get on the thread is "ok". No punctuation, no explanation, nothing. I even have an actual real-life example. Take a look at this: See what I mean? Imagine being the person that creates the thread. You think of an idea, post the thread, and wait for the responses. You expect them to be serious, staying on topic, and answering either your question or confirming your statement. Only instead of that you get "ok". How would you feel? Sometimes, it even takes days for some threads to get responses, and they are still not serious. Basically, the community is a bunch of endless banter-producing machines who don't understand people's feelings and can't handle answering questions or statements seriously. Next, "reputation". What I mean by this vaguely named section is the fact that most things that are done to these forums and this community are based on the reputation of the people who suggest them or do them. Let's say a person that just entered the forums makes a suggestion thread. The thing(s) they suggest might be small, but they still have a very little chance of being done. That is because people don't know that user. Even though the user is kind, serious, and intelligent, the community still will not take him/her seriously, simply because the person's history on the forums has got nothing to say. That is a very big problem. And the only response they get are things like "ok". Also, whenever someone with a lot of reputation does something or says something that they want to change or do, everyone assumes it's the right choice, just because the person has a reputation of being popular on the forums. And those people with high reputations simply overshadow those with more intelligent minds and more creative ideas. Just because a person has shown to do good before, does not mean that they will keep doing good. Now, let's take the opposite of that. Someone who has done some not-good things gives people ideas and suggestions. Practically no one will listen to that person or take that person seriously. If a person has been doing bad before, does not mean that they will stay that way. People change, sometimes drastically. Next, having too much to your name. Sometimes, what happens is a person with a lot[of good] to their name does something, they get automatic attention. Even if what they say or do is absurd or irrelevant, they still get a lot of other persons who like their posts or actions. And sometimes, people could make too much use of that. They could start using their own power to their own advantage too much by hurting others that are not as popular or well-known. And people who have a lot to their name could do practically nothing in the community or to the community, and they would still not lose their popularity. Next, the state of the staff. An issue that has annoyed me for a long time on multiple websites. The staff, and how it puts itself in front of absolutely everyone and everything else. People that are known as Admins or Global Admins, or even other staff members might be a lot relevant than other people, just because they are the staff. And if a person becomes a staff member, trust me, that does not mean anything about them. The only thing that will prove good or bad about them is time. "Time will tell". If a person is a staff member, again, they could pretty much explode a whole thread or section. Some threads don't even get popular until a staff member replies to them. That's sad when you thing about it. A person could be putting tons of effort into an idea and putting it into a thread, and that thread will get absolutely nothing. Zero. No recognition. No understanding. Nothing. But if staff member makes a thread, it is suddenly like a global event, and everyone feels the need to respond and get their opinions (or just useless banter) out. Imagine a person finding about MKBoards.com and realizing that it is the kind of website for them. They go on to the website, and start scrolling and searching through (with or without an account) to see whether the website actually fits them or not. Suddenly, they realize just how much of MKBoards is complete unfriendliness, arrogancy, and discouraging phrases. That scares and/or saddens the person, and they realize that they wasted their time looking over what they thought was a website/community with potential to suit them and their expectations. Come one guys, be more serious. I am not saying that banter and fun should be restricted, I am just saying that a little more friendliness and acceptance would be nice. Thank you, - Plex.