The quizzes are supposed to help build community spirit and bring the community together. What I've seen in the last quizzes is something quite the opposite. Several mutes because people wanted to disrupt progress. People ignoring other people's requests and the moderator's requests to play the quiz or leave the chat room.
When you take into account that a sixty minute quiz takes about the same amount of time in terms of preparation, you can see why I'm not in the mood to have it ruined by a few buffoons.
Last night's quiz wasn't even my own, but it was symptomatic to what the community has degenerated into at times. Some random shouts and "humorous" attempts at an answer.
I suppose we have to accept "Abu Hamza" as a valid guess to the question "Who was deemed the Asian Maradonna, before the Iranian government forced him into retirement?"
The same applies to answers regarding Germany, where it's apparently perfectly acceptable to name Hitler or other nazi party members.
Under the new guide-lines, we have to be pretty lenient with that, so we didn't even mute on first offence, but only used this on repeat offenders.
This usually stops the trouble, but the fall-out means we have to deal with adding mod notes to someone's dossier, as well as dealing with the muted user after the quiz.
To be fair here, most acknowledge their mistake and just move on, but there's always one who vehemently protests his treatment and claims victimisation on our part. A bit of a mail contact between me and a user is below:
i never swore.. kum is a player ive been offered by jim !!!!!!! i can prove it !!!!! unmute me <:emoticon#67> and i want compensation
Mind your language and you wouldn't have been muted in the first place.
unmute me i was discussing a transfer with jim <:emoticon#3> i dont pay money for you to be an idiot
It's this general shift in attitude that gets to me, as this attitude is becoming more and more common. You know there's a quiz in place.
Picture the situation if you will. You've been asked several times to discuss your transfer outside the Tactics Chat (which makes sense to begin with, quiz or not). You persist anyway. You get muted and then you proceed to call the moderator in charge an idiot, demand compensation and hurl in some abuse in the Lobby as well?
Oh haha, Guido! Grow a sense of humour. The player is called Kum! That is bloody hilarious.
Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but when it's clearly disrupting an activity which seems to amuse about twenty or so other managers and you are asked to stop it, why do you insist on continuing?
People seem to enjoy challenging the guys with the badges a bit too much for my liking, as well as trying to get others into trouble or disrupt whatever chat is going on in the GameWorld with inane drivel and spam-like comments.
No more of that for me, please. When running a quiz means we have to have a second moderator tag along to clear the debris and fall-out from users going berserk, I feel we've taken a wrong turn somewhere along the line with our community approach.