(Don’t know if this goes to #general or #meta)
As we all know, IF has redone the callsign system in 20.2 which wiped out a large number of inappropriate callsigns. We IFATCs can also report users for inappropriate callsigns. However, the username is still completely free to choose and as a result, some people used their usernames instead as a new place to say their political opinions (e.g. something related to HK and TW issues, US elections, etc.), which can make other players feel like being insulted.
Some may argue “That’s because you are Chinese and can be easily triggered by different opinions.” But sorry, it’s not the case. Personally, I hate that politics infiltrate into every corner, even a mobile flight sim which have nothing to do with politics. Even if someone’s username is political but with my belief, I still consider them as childish and ridiculous. This is Infinite Flight, not a political debate room. It’s of no use fighting for one’s political belief in a flight sim except making you look immature.
And what annoys me that we have no ways to get rid of those usernames. A friend of mine, who is also an IFATC, once spotted a political username and asked a supervisor if he can report them. The conversation went as follows:
(Names are censored for privacy issue)
Even an IFATC supervisor allows those usernames to exist, and consider them as acceptable and fine. This made me feel at a loss. If you believe it’s a freedom of speech issue, then again take a look at where you are. This is Infinite Flight, not a political debate room. The freedom of speech isn’t supposed to be utilized everywhere in the world.
A bad example of total no monitoring is RFS. In RFS they have public text channels, opensource livery templates, etc. Not only can they use usernames, but also custom liveries and public messages to shout out their beliefs. This often leads to chaos in the channel with people who hold different opinions abusing each other with harsh words. The livery collection also contains many political and insulting paintings. That really pollutes the whole environment and ruins the flying experience.
Today I searched for that FreeHK guy and surprisingly found that he is in the forum, though not active:
Then I checked the new rules on politics:
1. No party political slogans, photos, or other media or text in any profile
Considering his username is used as a slogan by a group of HK people (trying to remain neutral), I wonder if this kind of usernames violates the forum rules. Not only him, but many others. And I hope that sups and mods think twice before allowing their existence.
We’ve had enough politics IRL, why still taking them into virtual world?