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A discussion of how players and staff communicate.

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- Mickey and Bill

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  • Patrick D.

    Do you think there is a reason or reasons that people dislike giving Staff constructive criticism? Is it related to the fact that just about everyone is either on staff or has a friend who is staff at a game due to the large number of different games in the area, and the length of run? I mean I know at Ravenholt, practically everyone in the game is either on staff, or has been for one chapter or another.

    I will say from the other side of things, if I had a bad event, I tend to assume it was my fault, cause either by my mindset going in, or the weather, or something else. I tend not to see it as a problem stemming from a staff issue.

    ~Patrick D.

    Jul 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm
  • Mickey

    It comes from a number of reasons. Some are: - Friends whose feelings they don’t want to hurt (exacerbated by the self-martyrdom of some staff members) - Fear of retaliation - Lack of trust that the staff will care about the feedback - Self-blame (this is your example) - The growing culture of being nice in NE larps being taken too far - Don’t feel like spending the time/effort

    Some aspects of these are inevitable. They are the background inertia that games must struggle against to get feedback. There will always be a certain amount of feedback resistance. However, almost every single factor is something staffs could mitigate or at least stop exacerbating. Less whining about legitimate concerns, less retaliation, more affirmative reassurances that retaliation will not happen, *acting* on feedback in a positive way all contribute to building an atmosphere that encourages both positive and negative, yet constructive, feedback.

    And, to be clear, I have indeed seen staff members whine about complaints, retaliate, ignore PELs, and various similar things. I have also heard from people about their reluctance to PEL constructive criticism because of their various fears.

    Jul 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm
  • Zoe

    You’re such a grumpy old man, and I love it.

    “Whereas everybody else thinks of it as jovial community building… for me, get to the game. I’m not here for your lame jokes.”

    Ahahahahahahaha. Me too.

    Jul 13, 2012 at 5:03 am