So, today I wanted to write about my game last night at the convention I was a guest GM at; the adventure (Dark Albion, Appendix J) was tremendous fun, though it ended quite tragically with 3/4 of the party getting killed when they put their lives in the hands of the team Magister, and he flubbed his spell-check for Feather Fall.
But instead, I had to write this, over on theRPGsite, as a result of some members repeatedly complaining about how "awful" theRPGsite had "become" because of some of the political threads on the Pundit's Subforum. A subforum which, I'll note, is only the 5th largest of the whole forum, and is 8.7 times smaller in terms of thread count and 7.2 times smaller in terms of post count than the main RPG forum of the site.
So here's what I wrote:
If you're here on theRPGsite because you love RPGs, and don't want to be exposed to political topics, don't claim that theRPGsite is "ruined" by the Pundit's Forum because of it's political talk. No political talk is allowed on theRPGsite outside of the Pundit's Forum, and no one is putting a fucking gun to your head making you come in here. The only thing "ruining" theRPGsite for yourself is YOUR lack of self-control in having to come and read threads that make you angry.
So if what you want is a forum where there's no political discussion, and where you can just talk about what really makes you happy (RPGs), there's a very simple solution for you: just show some goddamn self-control and stop going to the pundit's forum, and go only to the RPG or other forums.
If you really like the conversation on RPGs here, don't let something on a minor subforum ruin that for you. Exercise some fucking willpower and just ignore it. Because unlike RPGnet, there's no way it will spill over to affect you in some way, there's going to be no policies of enforced ideological conservatism, banning of leftist users or finding excuses to kick out people who don't like certain games by accusing them of being unpatriotic or something. The Pundit's Subforum has literally NO effect on any other part of the site, except the effect it has on your own head. If you don't like it, just pretend it doesn't exist, STOP FUCKING READING IT, and you'll see it will no longer affect your experience of RPG-discussion here in any way.
Because if you can't do that, it's not the forum that's the problem: it's you. Stop blaming the site or myself or other posters for YOUR lack of personal discipline, or your deluded obsession with thinking that you must peek into the Pundit's forum because people must know your valuable thoughts on the issues of the day, which you only share because you're a self-sacrificing martyr for truth rather than a narcissistic fucktard.
In other words, Do what thou wilt. But own it. If the thing you really like is all the RPG talk, that hasn't gone away, it hasn't been 'tainted', it's just that you need to stop reading threads on the Pundit's Sub-forum. Go back to what you actually love. If deep down, you really like reading threads about politics that sometimes outrage you, quit fucking pretending that you're all indignant about it.
From now on, any indignant moron who pipes up about how awful the Pundit's Subforum is, or how toxic it is for the site, or how it has 'ruined' theRPGsite, should be referred to this thread. Thank you.
I'll note that the problem in RPG.net with Tangency is twofold:
1) It has become more important to the site than the RPG side.
2) Its Identity Politics have become the ideologically imposed totalitarian rule of the whole site. So that even someone who has no interest in talking about politics, never goes to tangency, and only posts on the RPG forums about RPGs can very easily find themselves banned by some disgusting Regressive Leftist who never actually played D&D in hir life, because it's not really rpg.net anymore, it's "tangency.net"
theRPGsite is NOTHING like that. If you like talking about RPGs, and don't want to talk politics, there's one simple step you have to take: just don't fucking read the Pundit's Subforum threads!
That is all.
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