One of things that I seldom talk about is the conversations I read over in the Discords. To be more specific, the Discords of @steemflagrewards and @steemcleaners. For the most part, the Steem Cleaners have the most back and forth with people coming into their channels.
Often, conflicts resolve in quick and painless fashion. Although, it was not uncommon for dragged on anger fest. Sometimes, they are funny. Sometimes, they make you question people's sanity. I'll be the first one to admit that there exist no customer service personnel for those groups. But, they aren't businesses anyhow. They are more like community/neighborhood watch.
There are occasions when things escalate and skirmishes involve libels and downvotes ensue. Usually, it's because some people felt like they were victims. While it's true that mistakes can happen, there's always a reason. The above two parties don't approach accounts out of nowhere. I can't say the same for individual members of those groups.
From my experience, those conflicts can last either a few hours to ongoing. There are a lot more crazy people than you think out there on the chain. Many times, I found myself amazed by the persistence and absurdity.
In the end, this is how I would feel after reading through those conversations.
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Yeah, you get that feeling? I get that feeling. It's the feeling that you have lost a few brain cells understanding what went down on Discord. I can no longer tell if someone is trolling or dead serious about being stupid.
Again, I would be lying if I said anti-abuse persons don't inflame the conversations. I often find the counterargument from the "victims" being "the community should decide". You know what goes through my mind?
"What do you think is happening? The people from the community are deciding." Is it only a community if they agree with you? Is it not a DPOS system (despite how flawed it can be)?
It's a thankless effort. People want a nice environment where no one would be abusing or exploiting the system. Unfortunately, there hasn't been enough fundamental bounds set in the codes. The bounds I am talking about are the incentives. Things that discourage people to do crummy stuff.
Sure, you can have your freedom, but I would like my stake to be worth something. Not first sell, first win. There is always consequences to every action. Whether how apparent they are is another story.
I have ranted enough.
At the end of the day, we could blame people being pricks in general. We could also blame top stakeholders not setting the tone. We could go another step further and blame the delay of community features and SMTs.
After all, what could go wrong when we put a bunch of people with different values in one box? Steem is like an African nation with people who don't like each other put in one border. Then, everyone wonders why nobody gets along.