Before this topic is unlisted, closed, deleted, or becomes a general bashing thread. hear me out:
What is this topic for?
This is a topic to talk about something I like to call ‘Realism Culture’, a unhealthy trend I’ve observed since I joined in June. This is to talk about the negative effects of this trend, why this shouldn’t occur, and to hold a productive discussion in a thread.
What is this topic not for?
This isn’t to bash those who like conducting realistic operations on Infinite Flight. This isn’t to create an environment to bash specific users, mods, IFATC, the dev. team or anything else.
So what is ‘realism culture’?
Realism culture is a trend of hating, disliking or annoying those that do not conduct 100% realistic operations on the expert server. It usually takes place on IFC threads and VA/VO slack channels. Here is how this usually propagates itself:
A user posts a picture or makes a post about a user flying on expert server or controlling, usually on a VA/VO slack channel or a IFC thread. In this post, they usually insult the user for flying a unrealistic route, using a unrealistic route, etc. If that user is there or someone else that cares, they usually respond with “But why does that matter to you?” The original person responds with something to the effect of: “Its expert server! You should be conducting expert operations. Please reconsider your choices and reconsider the server you are flying on. Use solo for this.”
Why is it a problem?
It creates a toxic environment on our forum and VAs. It discourages users from participating in these, knowing that they will be bullied despite following all rules. Its the definition of bullying. You are harming and intimidating users.
Expert server ≠ realism server:
Here is the opening text you recieve upon spawning in to the expert server:
Welcome to the Expert Server,
This server is reserved for serious users only, Real-world procedures apply and will be enforced by ATC.
- Be respectful of others
- Follow ATC procedures
- Do not pause or leave the app while communicating with ATC
The live servers are a communal environment dependent upon everyones participation for an enjoyable experience. Happy flying!
A common argument is 'Its expert server. Its expert flying" However, expert is not defined to realism. In the opening message it states nothing about using correct runways, correct aircraft, correct routes or anything related. It asks for correct ATC procedures and consideration of others, thats it. The user guide doesn’t mention anything about it either.
It does not effect you:
There is literally zero effect that occurs on your flight or life when someone flys Jetstar from Miami to Toronto. There is no effect when a A380 lands at an airport that has the biggest commercial service of a 747, as long as its fits at the airport. There is no effect when a British Airways A321 flys Cardiff to Heathrow. It does not matter. It does not matter. It does not matter.
It is just plain mean:
Lets consider a real world example, not about realism in a flight simulator but in a similar format.
“Why are you using Excel instead of Numbers?”
“Because I do not like using it, its confusing to me and hard to use.”
“You KNOW the industry standard is Numbers, you should use it, you can’t be an accountant without it! We conduct professional services here, you are fired, effective immediate.”
You see the similarity, it still in this case does not effect the hypothetical company (unless their clients require it or something but that is not the point) and is essentially a excuse to insult/harm someone. It is just mean to insult someone for something so insignificant.
To be clear:
I do not hold a grudge against those who like flying realistic flights, tutorials such as this wonderful KORD runway guide, or any specific person in the IFC and surrounding social platforms, or any type of realistic operation. I in-fact love doing real routes using real aircraft along with many here. My problem is with those that whine about someone else doing something not to their standards. Not with people who don’t do this.
What can we do now?
Those that don’t do this:
Continue to not encourage this, actively ask those who do to stop.
Those that do:
Realise the errors of your ways please. Apologize to those you’ve harmed in the past in a PM. And then head over to Those that don’t do this:
Moderators and staff:
I do not claim to be a expert on moderation or running a large forum, however, it should be made to cut down on these incidents.
Cut down on these postings and dish out punishments and a clear explanation about this and why not to do it again. Slack channels are very prone to this occurring, so be on the lookout.
Hold a productive discussion about this in the thread below. DO NOT insult specific people, moderators, or anybody. Please.
Many times these topics are instantly deleted, closed, unlisted, etc to prevent anything taint of discontent with the forum and IF. I must ask this remains open as long as possible and listed at all costs. Please consider before closing please.
Let me know of mistakes in the topic text please!
Smooth flying IFC!