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#1 May 05 2012 at 9:04 AM Rating: Decent
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I just had a stroll in the official forums and stumbled over this post.
http://forum.square-enix.com/ffxiv/threads/44771-Peti-...Request-Allow-welcome-back-members-to-post-in-the-forums.

Basically the first 3 pages is full of current players that are adamantly AGAINST as much as feedback from
welcome-back players and newcomers. This is one of the most disturbing and ultimately dangerous cases
of siege mentality I've ever seen in a game that claims to not have died yet.

For me, it just shows that even current player are very, very unsure whether their game can withstand the
scrutiny of newcomers and veterans that left for some time. To justify their position, they even claim that
most of those who come back would be "trolls that just want to ruin the forums". As if a) the forum needed
to be ruined and b) there were any trolls left even remotely interested in destroying their precious gems.

I think trying to shut out anyone with a fresh view on things is very, very, very dangerous, and generally an
unmistakable sign of a game breathing it's final coughs. If you are proud of what you are doing or even just
about the promise your game holds for the future, there is no need to hide in the dark, behind iron doors and
a hundred feet underground. There should be no need to gag the mouths of "dissidents" and "outsiders" in a
healthy, breathing community.

I know that pulling the red **** card imediately loses any argument. But this time, I feel compelled to pull it
anyway. Because once people like these control what is said, though or written in a forum, it's Game Over.
For real.
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