Polygon Daily: Off-Topic: The Last One (Mon 1/4)

Welcome to Polygon Daily. What is this thread you ask? It's your daily Community Off-Topic thread where you're given the floor to talk about anything that's caught your eye over the past 24 hours. Just be sure to stick to the Polygon Community Guidelines, and we'll be golden folks.

After some thought and a lot of deliberation, we've decided to cancel Polygon Daily, as is. Unfortunately, due to low performance metrics, community fragmentation, passive-aggressiveness (and aggressiveness!) to change, and a few other things, we've just decided it isn't going to be healthy to maintain Polygon Daily, as it is, in the future and promote forum growth within Polygon.

Polygon Daily is a part of Polygon. As such, we need to warn you in advance, that trying to replicate the format, etc. will unfortunately force our hand in removing said posts. We recommend starting various topic posts and exploring the forums for discussions you want to participate in. While there's no notification system, remember that your user profile page will show both recommends and replies to your posts.

Remember, there's a huge group of awesome people right outside the Polygon Daily doors. Polygon is sitting on a large user base, except only a handful participate here in Polygon Daily. We need to find a way to bring more of the user base in to the forums and commenting. Hiding in Polygon Daily isn't going to do that.

Inside Polygon Daily, we've had countless conversations. However, there could be heaps more happening and we feel that the style of Polygon Daily isn't welcoming to those unfamiliar with the format and the overall unfocused chaos of the commentary. We don't dislike Polygon Daily, we just feel something needs to be done to prevent fragmentation of the community as well as appear more welcoming to new users.

Lastly, we've kept mentioning Polygon Daily as it currently is. This is because we will be relaunching Polygon Daily as 'Around Polygon', which will maintain a similar format to Polygon Daily, in highlighting recent articles, features, reviews, and posts, but comments will be locked. Comment of the Day will be changing to being the highest recommended comment on Polygon with a timestamp within the past day or so.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to sound off below!

NEWS

Forza Horizon's Top Gear Car Pack launching April 2 with six new cars by Dave Tach

Deliberately diegetic: Dead Space's lead interface designer chronicles the UI's evolution at GDC by Dave Tach

The surreal, inspiring and beautiful games of GDC's experimental panel by Chris Plante

Cinematics emotionally connect players to game narratives, says StarCraft 2 writer by Alexa Ray Corriea

Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet released for iOS and Android by Dave Tach

FEATURES

On 'GDC: The Gathering of the Game Makers' by Colin Campbell

REVIEWS

007 Legends

BioShock Infinite

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

FORUM POSTS

Lasers! Comics! Cartoons! Anime! Crisis Vol. 2, No. 11: Rahmics! Rartoons! Ranamie! by BreadKnight

How About a Polygon Minecraft Server? by Revolurt

Upcoming Fallout News and Hopes by JimmyGajewski

All games are not created equal, but they worth the same? by The_Icon

Next Generation Game Design - Ditch the by GunFlame

COTD

Open letter to all forum posters including mods -

In forum posts, please can people stop feeding the trolls? As much as I understand the compulsion of replying to crap like this:

Long-winded troll bait garbage. I had heard this was supposed to be an exceptional gaming website, but it’s just as much of a dumpster as Joystiq. Pathetic.

…even the act of replying to comments like this goes some distance to ruining the rest of the thread. It makes the forums an uncomfortable place.

Understandably there may be the feeling amongst some community members that in these circumstances, in order to defend the site and its more respectful community members we should aim to give trolls a good telling off; but it seems apparent to me that this approach only exacerbates trollish behaviour.

Internet trolls want nothing more to bitch and moan; we all know that most trolls do this to generate a negative response. In some ways, trolls are psychologically similar to terrorists who do things to create fear. I make this comparison, because like how the government deals with terrorists, the Polygon policy should be not negotiate with trolls. Don’t reply to them, don’t ask them why the say the things they do, don’t try to prove them wrong – just leave them; and if you need to delete their posts, and they ask why afterwards, don’t address them. Harsh, perhaps. But if you accept the community guidelines and abuse them, it’s your own damned fault.

Sorry for the rant.

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