What’s happening on TS is nothing new. Since inception, the Training Server has always been more popular than any of the other servers and for a number of reasons.
People like to fly and they like ATC. However, in my observations on Training Server, people just want to play around with no rules attached (minimal rules at most)
We have 2 groups of individuals. Maybe 3.
- The first being those folks who take the sim in a serious manner. They plan their flights out and take the time to do a flight from point A to point B. I usually hang out in this category.
- The second are those who just want to spawn in, take off and take flight. I can be found here about 10% of the time. Its fun to just go fly!
- The third unfortunate group are those who simply want to ruin the experience for you and I. I like to call those the trolls.
Training Server is more populous due to the fact that people are afraid, unwilling, or don’t find the motivation to learn some of the simple tutorials that our community members and Infinite Flight staff have created. (yes, I’m calling it like it is. Just hear me out.) People say, “I was ghosted for no reason” all the time. Yes, that’s a fact and we see it on a daily basis. However, that’s no excuse because folks have these vital tools and information at your finger tips. All it takes is a few minutes to browse the #tutorials category and find something that you don’t feel comfortable with or are unsure about.
Because of #3 people are afraid to enter the Expert Server over the fear of being ghosted. Its unfortunate that that’s some of y’alls mindset, but do realize controllers are not out to get pilots. If that were the case, we have a lovely group of ATC Supervisors, Mods, and Staff to deal with the controllers who abuse this ghosting feature.
In the end, numbers don’t really mean anything if we take a step back. Its not about what server is more popular. The deciding factor between which server has more people is dependent on YOU. Its a choice between, do I want to fly following instructions when instructed or do I want to be on the server that I can complain about because I don’t want to fly on the server where action is taken.
The training server should be a transitionary server in my opinion. Ideally, it would be nice to see an Expert Server loaded with pilots following the instructions, flying appropriate SIDs, STARs, speeds, alts, etc. But its cool that people find the training server home. 🙂