The problem is, lots of people find an "online community" and instead of using it for the purposes it was intended for (educating the Uplink community, in this case), they use it as an outlet for refueling their ego. They poke fun at someone, and one of their buddies gives them a pat on the back for it, because he just did the exact same thing five minutes ago.
I don't feel I need to have a new member with no experience with me or this forum insult me. If you have comments then make them in a civil and respectful manner. Going around insulting people _is_ rather childish, and there is no need for _us_ to have to need to hear _you_ vent _your_ angst.
That comment was nothing if not civil and respectful. It was not an insult... it is true that many people do this. If you feel it applies to you, however, then you have already proven my point, as a veteran of this forum.
Uplink has been out for 3+ years and the number of new players is rather low.
I believe what he was talking about was that you are saying Vets have no reason to insult or berate new members for posting poorly, yet apparently feel that new members have the right to insult and berate Vets. It is a rather hypocritical argument.
What I am saying is, many people may learn about Uplink from this forum. And when these people post a question, and essentially get a "fuck off, you noob" response, it may kill a sale.
That sale may have been from someone who would have taken Uplink and made a new and wonderful mod for the community - maybe even a FUNCTIONAL online version - and someone just ruined it by acting in a fashion condoned by the community as a whole.
If you want ANY continued interest in the Uplink community, you need to rally to the flag HERE. You need to increase popularity by increasing awareness, and these forums put out the information necessary to do just that. Get other websites with "techie" style games to link to this forum if you can. If you care AT ALL, do something CONSTRUCTIVE.
And if you don't even play the game any more, if you DON'T care, then for god's sake, quit fucking with the newbies. Just use the forum for talking with your friends. You could be ruining things for those of us who would like to sell a few more games for Introversion. It's nice to find other people who have a common interest, especially when the interest is in a game 99 out of 100 people in the U.S. have never heard of. I would like to try tipping those odds a little.
And if you objectively feel my recent posts do not apply to you, fine. You are either right in that assumption or have an enormous ego I would not EVEN attempt to tackle.
I am not here to piss people off (although that tends to happen), I am here to increase awareness about a wonderful game I enjoy, and to make this community more friendly and inviting to prospective Uplinkers. So let's all play nice, guys and remember:
If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you have your pudding if you don't eat your meat?
(Sorry; obscure reference. Will try harder next time.)