Enough Is Enough.
Before the staff, mods & some folks decide to bombard me, close & unlist the topic before removing my TL3 status (which I honestly don’t care about at this point) &/or suspending me, please hear me out:
Enough is enough. Story time:
When I joined the IFC back in September 2019 (Almost 1 year now), I didn’t know that I had just joined a community with aspiring aviators, amazing events & content creators, & nice staff & moderator team. More importantly, I felt that I was part of a family, because as some of you may already know, I don’t really have friends at school. What used to be sitting alone & eating lunch turned out to aviation flights, FR24, & longing to log on to the IFC.
I remember the good ol’ times with @Infinite_Flight_Sims, @Thunderbolt, @BravoCharlie, & so many users on the IFC at the time. Fast forward to around February 2020, everything seemed to be going fine with a few new users & a few veterans retiring.
But then, in March 2020, COVID hit & everything spun out of control. The IFC got a ton of users, more events & traffic, & some good times in between. But then, the atmosphere suddenly changed. Nothing was going to be the same…
Everyone is in the middle of a pandemic. Riots break out across the country & it seems that catastrophic events will keep going on. Well, that’s true. But in the middle of all of it, we didn’t need Infinite Flight to start a huge issue altogether.
@anon79257371 (Also used to be known as Alex) posted a topic earlier about how fun topics were gone, new users were mistreated, loss of connection between members & regulars, politics, mini-modding, & passive-aggressive text. While the staff & moderators did make some changes, clearly, new issues came up.
And the replies to these comments made me turn green.
To RTG113’s post (I can’t quote it, so please just check the topic “A few concerns” if you want to verify):
“Please don’t assume that everyone who’s the brunt of a sarcastic reply from our social media team are customers. We deal with thousands of non-paying trolls and often a public roast is the last straw for us. Not all criticism is constructive, and not all company replies will be serious."
To Guxk’s post:
Look, I have nothing against Jason & the marketing/social media team, but clearly, these are lame excuses. Here are some points about these comments:
- IF said that “Please don’t assume that everyone who’s the brunt of a sarcastic reply from our social media team are customers.” I’d also like to ask, how can you assume that the person you sent a sarcastic reply is NOT a customer?
Also, in some of the cases where people just say "Infinite Flight is bad”, why does IF have to comment? If you know that they are a waste of time, then why write sarcastic replies? There’s something called “live & let live”.
Haters are haters. You don’t need to post a reply to every single comment. Not to mention, some of your customers write some good comments on your social media pages, which you fail to address because you are wasting time writing to some person who wrote 1 tiny bad comment on your page.
- Jason mentions “I was calling myself a boomer for cracking the old “I’m disappointed" dad comment…”
Clearly, that was a lame way to excuse yourself from writing a comment that you know was terrible. Rather than trying to prove a point every time, why not just say “I’m sorry for what I said.”? Just apologize instead of trying to defend your comments each & everytime. We all make mistakes, but if we don’t rectify it, the pattern continues on.
I don’t understand… why can’t Infinite Flight take some criticism? Criticism is something that makes you want to strive to do better, even if it hurts at the heat of the moment.
A fellow friend & member of the IFC said that, “It would be one thing if they took criticism and said something about fixing it and made these jokes, but they’re never willing to take criticism, they just deflect it and blame the consumer.”
And it’s not just him who says it, others agree too. Other members stated that, “they treat the IFC and customers like some sort of a joke”, “like why not fix the problem instead of insulting your paying customer smh”, & “It has been proven time and time again that nothing bad can ever be said about this community, and everything has to be censored.”
About censorship of posts, there’s no more creativity in the IFC. While I do like the idea of IFC-Gametime, fun topics are only going to be posted by mods & regulars, which honestly seems unfair. People have ideas & they’d be interested in sending them across, but that’s not allowed.
Sometimes, when people do post topics like this one, it just gets unlisted or deleted ASAP so that the IFC cannot see or discuss anything. The moment someone posts something like this, it’s gone. Zero, zip, nada.
Of course, IF would try to unlist it because they also don’t want a bad impression of the IFC & IF altogether, which is understandable. But some of their repetitive mistakes is going to & has already caused problems to many users on the IFC. I no longer enjoy that same ol’ IFC which had Alex (@anon79257371), @Infinite_Flight_Sims, & so on. I know new users come & go, but at least showing some respect for your current users can go a long way.
I also remember how many were asking for regular evaluation of TL3 members. While that’s totally fine with most of us, sometimes, you should also evaluate TL4 members. I know many users have been mad about how some of the TL4 members abuse their powers. This has been a factor that has caused many users to leave as well. [I’m not saying that all TL4 members are bad… many deserve their roles, but some have abused their powers].
I know my words may be controversial & this topic might be closed [which IF really shouldn’t do, maybe a civilized discussion below would be nice], I get demoted, warned, banned, & all the 1000000+ things that IF can do. But please, take into account of what the users have to say. This used to be a safe, fun, & loving community, but it’s not anymore. I know IF has the potential to change that & it starts by small steps towards the right direction. Even if the steps are small, they can create a huge difference to the IFC.