First of all, I dig all of you guys around here. Oddly since moving to this new community and forum, everybody is much more open to share their workings and techy-findings with others, which I can already see is pulling this into a very tight and knowledgeable community. When I was starting out, my biggest frustration about the UDK forums was the smarter bunch among us figuring out how to pull off something incredibly cool, then not sharing even a smidgen of information about how it was done. Not even a tutorial or a breakdown, but sometimes even a link to some relevant learning material was too much to ask. This new community seems (for the moment) to have changed that mentality, which is ultimately very cool. I think that’s largely due to Epic being very personally involved with this new Engine, so kudos to them for setting a great example.
To my point… I’ve recently been posting some work to YouTube that I’m particularly proud of, given the often uphill struggle it’s been to learn how to pull some of it off. I am determined to eventually ‘tutorialise’ most if not all of my technical findings so that others can learn too. After giving some very neutral advice recently in a topic I thought was very unnecessarily heated, I’ve seen a significant down-voting spree from one individual across my entire channel, and I doubt it’s by coincidence. I’ve also received some extremely insulting comments on my recently updated blog, which is currently being scrutinized by a studio for a potential industry job. It seems remaining extremely neutral towards a ‘debate’ will still come back on you somehow.
Usually, I wouldn’t be bothered about such a thing. It’s the nature of YouTube and internet anonymity that these sorts of things happen from time to time. This one has irked me though, enough to write this. There’s the potential that the (now removed) comment spree on my blog and youTube down-votes could tip the balance with my new job potential, and after working pretty **** hard for many years and doing 18-hour days for a week to get it ready on time, it’s irked me something chronic. We’re a public forum and differences are going to be made, but they should remain HERE. These sorts of petty retaliations do have an impact regardless of how small, and can ultimately come back on you too.
The thread that I’m fairly certain contains the responsible member was derailed by a very argumentative OP so many times that it’s now locked (possibly the first lock on the new forums?). Pretty disappointing really, but there’s nothing I can do about it so I just want to comment that being hostile towards strangers will not help you or your project, politeness and manners are underrated, and criticism should be taken much more lightly and constructively.
PS Mods: I hope this thread is within the T&C’s, the forum sub-description said chat about the community which I feel this is.