Sometimes the voice of reasoning is needed. I feel now is the time for it, so this is my suggestion. I hope many of you will listen and follow. This Forum indeed should be a friendlier place where players suggestions will actually be heard, considered and answered in a constructive way from both players and Flare.
So, the Devs and Madlen want us to be more friendly and polite. This is not too much to ask and very understandable. While this is something that is not easily achieved over night or with a set of new rules, I suggest we - the players - all try our best and tone down and just try our best to be nicer in the future.
There were reasons for things having developed to the current state. Mostly because this Forum has been abandoned for a long time by Flare and players have been left alone with their frustration. When I joined here a few years ago, it was a much friendlier place. Alysea answered many important questions and there was some kind of mutual respect, but also humor (on both sides). I hope we can get there again.
So, everybody, lets try a new start, be polite and respect each other, the Devs and our CM Madlen. They all deserve a chance for a new beginning. If you want to use sarcasm or other forms of humor, think twice if it is really helpful, meant in a friendly way or maybe not. If you just want to rant about something: Do not write anything now, come back with a cool head and say what is bothering you in a constructive way.
On the other side, strict censorship and excessive closing of threads does not lead to anything constructive and will cause a lot of bad feelings among players and will turn them away. Players want to be respected. And I am sure Madlen does not want to spend all her time locking or hiding things. So, this clearly has to change too, otherwise it is like pouring oil into fire.
But what I think is most important: Sometimes players just want answers they can relay to their Alliances. Even if it should be a negative answer or knowing that things will take some time but are at least being worked on. As Madlen is working directly for KeenFlare, this is something that should be possible now.
To the Devs and Madlen: Be truthful, listen and answer to us. Ignoring / sitting out our concerns creates anger. Share what you can and try to communicate about good suggestions or the reasons for players dissatisfaction. Respect can be mutual again, but trust will only be build over time. Too many things went wrong in the past. It is time for you Flare, to do your part and correct them in a smart way !
I know some of you will laugh about this post or just find it naive. But these are simple truths. Everybody please try your best to improve the situation and both sides can win. We all want a better game and not people running away like they are doing at the moment.
Thank you and try your best!