(This is a continuation from my second post, respecting the max char limit.)
As may be clearly seen from the emails reproduced above, the admin's reasons for having banned me have nothing to do with my quality or style of play (no cheating, no abuses of bugs, no botting or multiplay) but everything to do with the fact that he cannot find it in himself to accept that (a) people actually disagree with him, (b) they have good reasons for so doing, (c) he has no logical answer to those reasons and (d) it is a matter ultimately of pride.
I did not wish to say this in my original post as I thought that the post might actually spur the admin in question into doing some serious reflection about the shape the game was getting into, and start taking constructive criticism positively. This did not happen. I have been in contact with 4 players who, like me, were longtime players of Bedlam and very committed at one point to the game and its interests. One of us actually wrote an entire new zone for Bedlam, only to be told after a lot of work had been put into it, that it was inappropriate and all names in the zone had to be changed (the zone was based on Rome). Quite why this could not have been said earlier, i.e. that 'no real is allowed' mystifies me. The admin's excuse that 'people don't usually finish whatever they start' also holds no water.
It's like saying that since 1/3 of all marriages are going to end in divorce anyway, why bother telling your intended at the altar that in fact, you really are gay and don't want to marry her??
Veda, the admin, has also apparently nerfed individual players that he wanted out of game but could not find reason to ban. This is pathetic and puerile. Fiddling with individual players' thac0 is plainly an abuse of immo powers.
But then again, Veda's conduct for the past year has been an increasingly lurid display of arrogance and an overweening sense of self-superiority.
In case he is reading this, I have only one thing to say to him: change that attitude, Veda. You are not always right. Accept that. It is a fact of life that people who are genuine listeners, truly interested in what others have to say, will always do better at knowing what it is people want. Looking down your nose on the people on whom your game depends and writing them all off collectively as you did me (and others), as 'power players' who want their own way, when all these people have ever done was provide feedback about how your changes were negatively impacting the game and poorly thought through - the game is starved of a pbase today because you have successfully alienated every single person who actually CARED about it. You have a serious attitude problem and a great deal of intellectual arrogance. Get this: the fact that you have a PhD means *nothing* if all that education has done for you is to cultivate in you a sense that you are better than others. Don't deny this because it is written everywhere in the Internet. I have seen how you conduct yourself on MUD builder/ admin forums, and it smacks of self-satisfaction. Pretty much how you always dealt with others.
Finally, banning me was your choice. I frankly do not care that you did, since it more or less confirmed my evaluation of you as a person. Dictators always silence the voices of opposition that make the most sense.
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