Firstly, I want to make it clear that this is by no means a direct attack on any n4g user in particular as it is more an opinion on a way of thinking or frame of mind. Due to the topic at hand it is imperative that I utilize direct comments from certain members of n4g in order to bring across the entire point of this blog and draw attention to what I would consider the general issue. With that being said should any member take personal offense to my blog then I apologize beforehand but please bear in mind everything I post here is easily accessible to anyone with an internet connection. It is not private information.
One of the most controversial topics on n4g is the bubble system. For years people here have argued about its fairness and the manner in which it is awarded. Depending on who you ask you will get a host of opinions on whether the bubble system actually makes sense, works or is worth keeping. From what I’ve been told n4g will be redone in the future and part of that change will be the removal of the bubble system. I have no idea how true this is so I cannot vouch for its validity but one thing I can say is that should that happen I would probably cease to comment on this site. In no way am I saying that removing it would be a right or wrong decision, I believe that n4g staff knows what is best for their website, so I think should they remove it they would be doing what they believe needs to be done, but it would deter me personally from commenting
Why? One word, trolling. There is a general consensus here among certain members that the bubble system is abused to allow certain other members to achieve high bubble counts and restricts other members from having the same privilege. To put it more bluntly, some xbox supporters claim that sony members have a lot of bubbles while xbox supporters quickly lose their bubbles. Personally I find this statement to be false as I can show numerous xbox supporters that have between 7 – 10 bubbles and numerous playstation supporters that have 4 -1 bubble. I have seen die hard PS supporters that closed their accounts and started new ones due to losing all their bubbles.
What I don’t think people look at and are honest about is the reason why some people lose their bubbles. There is a difference between saying something that most people may not agree with and saying something that is so mind numbingly ridiculous that it borders on trolling. Case in point is this comment here http://n4g.com/news/1775588... When someone can make a comment that is bordering on wilful dishonesty you have to ask yourself, do you want to read a thread where someone has unlimited opportunities to peddle false information and derail a conversation? What about this one http://n4g.com/news/1773462... Trying to derail a post with false information that was proven to be inaccurate in the very next comment.
In no way am I saying that they are the only ones who do that as I myself have been marked on a number of occasions http://n4g.com/news/1694981... & http://n4g.com/news/1687732... My point is that there are people on all four corners of the playing field that make comments that are ridiculous and deserve being marked down, but there are some members that seem to make it a habit of deliberately spreading false information and making comments that seem to be for no other purpose than to get a reaction out of people. Whether or not people should react is not the point.
From my observation people with diminishing bubbles, 90% of the time, tend to deserve getting their bubbles removed. There are some members of n4g that I do not agree with on almost every topic and sometimes we may even become very direct and overly sarcastic with one another, yet I do not think they deserve to lose their bubbles simply because we may aggressively disagree. There are others on the other hand that I constantly ask myself why their accounts have not been banned.
At the end of the day I see the bubble system as a last line of defence to having meaningful proper debate, and sometimes some good humour, without having to deal with constant comments that serve to only frustrate and degrade the commenting process. Is it perfect? No, but something not being perfect isn’t a reason to eliminate it, if that was the case we would all be dead.