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I write as someone who has been a longtime player of this game, and one who still supports Pirates of the Burning Sea. However, I am well aware that what I write there will never make the light of day. My previous attempt to do so has resulted in a 2 week forum ban for "insulting FLS staff" of which i did nothing of the sort.
In short, I write, along with the support of many others, in protest of what they have done with the firing of one of their general managers, as well as their inconsistent rules for banning players. Over the weekend, one of their GM's was fired, for a host of reasons. One of them was she was in her eyes, she was becoming too friendly with the players on Blackbeard Spain, even though FLS told the GM's to get out there and provide a visible presence. She was also fired for not banning someone she didn't know was on a perma ban (and who during this time had done nothing worthy of a ban) and for handling people's support issues directly, rather than going through the support system. In short, she cut a lot of the red tape, everyone loved it, but FLS wanted their hands in the til.
Now all of these could merit discplinary action to be sure, but I support the question that FLS needs to ask themselves is the following:
In today's troubled economy, is it worth firing someone who has done nothing destructive, and has done nothing but good for FLS, and has done nothing more than make the players happy? Criticism of this decision resulted in across the board forum bans over at FLS. When people complained about it in-game in private tells with other players, they were receiving messages from FLS letting them know their private tells were being monitored. While such is the right of FLS, are such strongarm tactics really neccessary?
There has also been some serious problems with the consistency of people being banned because of in-game actions. A certain individual was banned, and the official email stated that he was banned for "continious violation of forum rules" and apparent account sharing (he shared his own account with himself once and only once to post something.) He fully admitted to cross teaming a long time ago (before it was made illegal by FLS) and submitted a ticket to have his characters transferred once FLS stated it was a bannable offense, which was subsequently ignored.
Today on the Blackbeard forums, Danicia stated that nobody can be banned in game because of anything done in the forums. Yet during an IRC chat with Rhaegar, he stated that his in game ban had to do with forum rule violations.
This game is an excellent game, but actions like these need to be voiced. As someone who used to write here for this website, I'd like the opportunity to write a guest editorial on this issue. So whoever is running the writing department over here now, if you see this, would appreciate being contacted.