You think you could do better?
An opinion on NS and it's forums, from a long term member of the community, a server op, a Constellation donator, and a regular poster to the NS forums.
This post sprouted from a reply I started on the Changelog thread, but it wandered enough that I felt it deserved a new one. So bear with me, it rambles a little. (But hey, all my threads do.)
I've stood by this mod a long time, and while I've not agreed with all the decisions made, game change wise (Blink being a long standing one) anything that shows a continued dedication & commitment by the guys is class.
Please bear in mind people, this is done for the love of the game.
Flayra, Elven, voog, all the various minds behind development as well as those who keep the different communities in check (the server ops [waves to compatriots], the PT's, CM's, Forum & IRC mods) do this in their own time, because they believe in the game.
NS is still the most refreshingly different thing I've played in years, and I'll continue to love it. They could soullessly balance the game until the two sides became undistinguishable from each other (A crime too many RTS & FPS games have made in the past) but they don't, and new things do periodically appear, and the gamestyle changes.
So will everyone lay up on the guys, because they're doing their best, and they certainly don't need grief from the community they serve for their efforts. I know how it feels from community work, and it's awful. You go through phases of "Why did I ever bother trying to help?" because of it, and it has previously made me want to quit doing the things I do, so I'm sure for the dev's it's 100x worse.
If you don't like it, say so in a reasoned, calm manner, and it'll be examined and if lots of people agree with you, maybe it'll change. Maybe it won't, that's the way of the world. But if you can't do that, the door's over there, don't let it kick you in the colloquial word for donkey
on the way out.
This is a game, and games are played for fun.
EDIT : Goddamn swear filter.