Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is to hold your tongue. There’s always a ‘tomorrow’, and in some situations, responding to someone’s comment, action, or decision can only lead you to places you simply don’t want to go. Sure, silence means you haven’t proven them wrong, and that contradicts the very point of debate and argumentation.
This week, I wrote and discarded a few blog posts about a number of topics I read, or comments folks made on reddit or EveNews24. Only after writing them out did I realize I was pretty much saying the same thing again, and that didn’t strike me as particularly helpful to anyone. So I decided to just hush up and let the topics rest.
But that decision got me thinking about how silly all of that really is when you’re talking about Eve. The forums have moderators specifically because so many people post without thinking things through carefully. The external sites that cover Eve all have the full range of commenters, from completely sane to bat-shit crazy.
On the surface, all that vitriol and hostility that pours out of Eve players could strike an outside reader as genuine hostility and hatred. But Fanfest proves that even sworn enemies on the Internet in-game can sit down and share a drink and a laugh. So there’s definitely something deeper at work there.