I am going to be the evil jerk here per se and go ahead to respectfully disagree.
While your analogy is interesting, here is where it goes wrong:
Chinese food buffet: implies that all patrons paid the same minimum to get in, and that some premium options are available (e.g. wine) at a small additional percentage of entry fee (unless you are an alcoholic, then you should upgrade to the AYCD!). Further, it implies that the basic offerings are identical (the buffet itself) and that the experience in general of most patrons in the establishment should be relatively consistent (minus allergies that will spike th experience), as well as that the establish has an obligation to ensure that the offerings (all features of the general buffet outside of limited premiums like crab legs) should be refilled to be made consistently available as it depletes.
—> Is this true in this digital product? I am going to say no, for obviously reasons.
- On “First off, there is a misconception that you have the right to say whatever you want here, because it is an open forum. This is simply wrong. Being able to walk in, doesn’t mean you can say whatever you’d like and keep being here. You can walk into a Chinese buffet and start screaming dim sum suk dik, but you won’t be there for long.”
—> Most normal establishments will make an effort to rectify things almost immediately. This is what normal business practices entails, unless the management don’t care (brand is so bad it doesn’t matter, or it’s an monopoly, or if they are going out of business, etc). Which, well, is kind of the stance we have in this digital product. Promises: not held accountable and do not follow through; Commutations: some levels demonstrated but only if you consider “keep surviving” as something that is meaningful; Product integrity and consistency: cheaters, loaders, dying regions, Xgate (pick from wendy, vicktor etc), and the list goes on.
On Second, people consider all topics and conversations to be acceptable here. Again, this is not the case. Consider the people here patrons at other tables or next to you at the buffet line. If you start saying harsh things to them for no reason, you’re going to be asked to leave the restaurant. // Trolling. Being an ass isn’t acceptable anywhere. Trying to start arguments for no reason isn’t acceptable anywhere. If I need to explain why, let me know.
—> Why should certain topics be ok and others a taboo? I would agree that common sense complains like “OMFG GIVE US MOAR X or Y or Z BECAUSE I NEED” is not valid and pretty nonconstructive, but this circles back to a more fundamental reason: why are users posting such trivial, self-centred, subjective comments here? Trolls will exist no matter what, but those other comments? HINT: in-game Support.
On Cheaters. Some guy who didn’t get the upgrade to the steak and shrimp for the weekend took the last of the shrimp while you were behind him trying to get some crustacean goodness? The solution isn’t to start screaming at the top of your lungs, HE STOLE MY SHRIMP, WHY HAVEN’T YOU KICKED THIS PRAWN PILLAGER OUT YET? It’s to go talk to a manager.
—> Shrimp in normal Chinese Buffet, they will bring more out provided you are there during the main business hours and remain calm. It’s called a product/service promise/guarantee. Here with Scopely, either many actions have taken place against cheaters and the majority of the active 1 year+ user base accessing this forum have failed to notice OR not enough actions have taken place. I can understand why you think this way, because Dead End dominates on its server. Now imagine if a bunch of cheaters/hackers joined (I know it’s not possible because your server is closed, I am doubtful you would be able to be so nonchalant about this.) Ya … I am optimistic and I will go ahead and say that this would be an area of work in progress.
On Spending-------Strike. Go into a buffet and start trying to convince other customers to never eat there again, because fuck that bourbon chicken, fuck that coconut shrimp, and I don’t know General Tso, but he sounds like a bitch, management is gonna ask you to leave.
—> You better believe this when I tell you: if a group of customers start going to social media and start doing a #spendingstrike on a known service/product provider that their retention/satisfaction team will be on this like bees on honey and get this resolved ASAP because it could cause a dip in consumer confidence and hence stock price etc etc. Here with Scopely, digital product, net forums, already sitting on some $150million, focused on LTV only, literally, no fxxxs given. (I will go ahead and censor this so that this reply doesn’t get deleted per shane’s stance on friendly environment)
On “When you go against one of these things and the manager says, hey, can y’all quiet down a bit, you should. Why? Because it’s their restaurant and you were raised better. Following them around and trying to pick a fight, because you got told screaming dim sum suk dik isn’t acceptable behavior…isn’t acceptable behavior.”
—> Last time a real manager stepped in (GM Albert Wei), how did that go? Ok next.
On “I hope all of our parents raised us well enough for us to be able to trust us at a Chinese food buffet. This isn’t golden corral, don’t act like you were raised in a barn.”
—> I am not sure why you have such a high level of Scopely confidence, and I applaud you for your bravery. Chinese food buffet, Scopely WD: RTS is not. Not even close. At least, I would suggest a state owned lottery ticket distributor. Most promises are borderline half-truths (nothing actually goes to education, no really) and they are just out for the addicts.