[MUD-Dev] Community Relations
SkeptAck at antisocial.com
Tue Jan 18 21:28:14 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000
Ola Fosheim Gr=F8stad <olag at ifi.uio.no> wrote:
> And I don't think there is much use in getting into the specifics
> without getting the other parties viewpoint either.=20
Right, sorry. I don't mean to get into the specifics so much at all. =
just not sure what questions to ask. As far as I can tell, the things I =
to be doing are on the "Well, duh" level.
> Most admins will justify anything they do (I had no choice, it is my =
> he asked for it, it would have happened anyway...), and that's rather =
> people that acquire positions where they can exercise.
I should explain, maybe. We've been up for ~6 months. I have ~6 months
experience as an admin - and all of that's been on the game design and
development front, nothing to do with player-relations apart from =
to them gripe about how various things work, or don't work, or should =
etc., explaining what changes I'm making and why, and so on. The dialog =
had with players up to this point has purely revolved around game =
=46our of us setup the mud. No posted policies beyond "How to join" and =
be a jerk". No mud hierarchy. No Arch-Wizard or Grand Poobah or =
you want to call it. The host pulled the plug a few days ago, I found a =
host and put it back online. And now I have a few days experience being =
Arch-Wizard or Grand Poobah or whatever you want to call it.
And the first thing I had to do, was to deal with this incident - which,
yeah, never would have happened in the first place if we'd done anything
right. I still don't think that I *did* deal with it. I think I tried,
couldn't do it, and finally banned the player just to shut him up. I =
But I'm not happy with that solution, and I don't like the aura of fear I
sense now on the game message boards and such. People are afraid to =
now - even about legitimate problems with game mechanics (and they were =
shy about reporting these problems before).
> I am personally in favour of the empathic/autonomous/peerage with no =
> admin, but that assumes a design without serious flaws...
I think we're stuck with the fascist model. heh.
> Yes, but the real question is not how to deal with him, but what skills
> do you require from your admins and what systems are in place to avoid
> the admin-player conflict?
That's a good question. Currently there aren't any systems in place to
prevent it. We still don't even have a code of conduct posted, for =
players or admins.
I wish there was a check-list somewhere. Setting up a mud: a) Post this,=
Post that, c) Decide this or that, d) etc.
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