I wanted to come forward and address the current state of things, mainly regarding our community here.
UnScape has been around for a very long time now, we will be 7 years old this December. This is grandfather age when you compare it to most other private server communities.
So with that in mind, it needs to be understood that UnScape will not be going anywhere anytime soon. The server will continue to remain online and this community is always going to be around. However, this community is a give and take relationship, and the behavior around here has been unacceptable. There is constant fighting, flaming, spam, and so much abuse is being thrown around between players that something has to be done. I take this personally because UnScape has been a big part of me for nearly the last decade, and not me or anyone else wants to see the community this way.
This is not a call to Ben to ask him to invest more time into development, the speed of development here at UnScape has always been the same. UnScape is not one of these servers like Soulsplit which are only in place as a method of business, those developers over there are out to take money from it's community. We are a much more personal and try to be involved with our community, we are all about the experience and relationships you can make here - like an online game should be. Having said that, you all need to keep in mind that Ben is our only developer he is just a college student, and even though he is fantastic at what he does, he can't pour all of his free time into UnScape, that is simply asking too much. The development of UnScape is the hobby, but the community and the game itself are something else, that's where we spend our time together. Why would anyone want to continue development on a community that consists of a bunch of childish bickering name-calling kids? Why put in the effort just to temporarily satisfy a bunch of people who are going to turn this place into a battleground as soon as things begin to lose a little bit of momentum? I don't see the point. As I said, this community is give and take. The administrators and moderators of UnScape are here to help weed out the individuals who reflect a negative image on our community, but it's you, the players and those who surf these forums that are the foundation of this relationship.
So here are some things to keep in mind, things that you should do to help our community:
1. Before you post, read what you have typed. Is it constructive? Is is legible? Does it provide anything to the topic/conversation at hand? If not, you probably shouldn't post it. Never post anything if it includes an insult directed at another player and don't stray away from the point being made in the OP of the thread. If you see someone being violent on these forums, you can click the Report button at the bottom of that post and the staff will deal with the situation. Do not call attention to someone who is breaking this rule, just report them. I am going to take it upon myself to be very strict when it comes to moderating these forums.
2. If you have an idea and there is something you'd like to see added to the game or any change in particular, you can post a thread about it in the Suggestions subforum. (Click here) Suggestions are evaluated, if there is something the community would benefit from then there is a good chance it might be added.
3. Check the forums regularly and do what you can to partake in conversation. The forums are in many way the backbone of our game, and there is a lot that goes on here that you don't see in-game. This is where you will find information on all of our contests and information on the latest updates.
4. I am still a firm believer that voting for the game will help in the long run. More votes means more visibility on these other topsites which helps gives us more traffic. For this reason I have added a new 'Vote For UnScape' tab to the forum's navbar to replace the notice that we recently removed from the website and shoutbox. Voting at least once a day can help more than you may think!
Also, I am going to make it a personal chore to remove any drug-related material from the forums. I fully support the freedom to use and do whatever you want to with your body, but discussing it and posting big flashy pictures of it is a turn off to a lot of people, so to make the forums more welcoming for everyone, this needs to be something we put a stop to. If you have a lot of references to marijuana in your avatars or signatures then you can expect to be contacted by me soon with a request to remove the offensive material asap. Failure to comply will result in a temporary ban. Feel free to continue drug-related discussion in-game.
So please take what you have read here as a guideline, something to build your behavior on in the time to come. We're all friends here, and we can all get along, it just involves a little cooperation and decency. I look forward to playing with you guys again soon.