I went through the process of creating a BI forum account for a completely different purpose.
I wanted to rant a bit. To rave. But foremost to give some suggestions that I thought would be common sense.
I knew there would be many proponents to the BI cause - their games have quite the following.
However it seems apparent to me that BI is not the least bit interested in constructive criticism.
From the sheer number of hurdles that I had to jump to make this post happen, I can tell this.
I understand the need to rule out spam bots, but I can count at least 4 preventative measures that wanted to stop this post from happen.
And there are only 2 types of people that would put up with all that.
1. Very dedicated people and
2. Very angry people
Just as I can surmise that these measures are in place because BI must be sick of anti-BI behaviour, I'm sure you can surmise which category I might fall into right now.
It is easy to deal with people from category 1. They are like religious zealots. They will forgive all transgressions from the almighty, defending and destroy all in the name of love. They will put up with bugs and poor development choices, putting them down to the tiny freckles that make their loved one unique and precious in their eyes. It is the C1's that make dealing with those from category 2 even easier.
Dealing with those that fall into C2 is easy. In the case they are not banned at the first comment they make, everyone from C1 will bombard them with flames, and delight in the telling them how wrong they are in their views that their beloved game is some how possibly flawed - inevitably incensed into writing something over inflammatory against BI, it's products or proponents.
In the end, the game will be pushed forward by the diehards.
Suggestions will fall by the wayside,
and what could have been a great game will end up being mediocre at best, just like this post.
I wanted to add.
Instead I have deconstructed - my original suggestions forgotten for now.
If somehow I am still a forum member when I next connect, perhaps I may try again, hopefully without distraction.
Until then I welcome your comments with open arms and a firm back foot.