Foreword After speaking to several upper staff and prominent members of the community, I've come to a few conclusions as to what is doing the most harm to our servers across the board. It would be easy just to blame everything on the start of the school year, but the sad reality is that there are issues within the community and servers themselves that are causing a huge drop off in the player base, and a serious drought of new players. Those that have contributed to this thread shall remain unnamed unless they decide otherwise, as things have become toxic enough, I don't believe anybody should be receiving any unnecessary heat. I am fully aware that Garnet isn't in the best position right now to dedicate more time to the community, even though I may not know all the details, however I believe that there are better uses for what time he has to benefit us all, and some that do not require him at all. I would like that everybody come to this thread with an open mind. If you have something shitty and unproductive to say, leave it at the door. Thank you. ~Shrimps DarkRP -An Aging Staff Team A recent drop-off in the amount of staff on DRP has resulted in an overflow of minges, MassRDMers, and overall undesirable players. More and more staff resigning to return to real life has left a lot of empty space on the staff roster, often left unfilled. Changes would be simple. Ease the already simple application process, and open up an Official recruitment guide, as proposed by upper staff. The only real restriction here is an underlying disconnect in communication between upper staff and the people with legitimate authority any power, as is the theme for this entire thread. The aforementioned disconnect results in poor coordination in the staff team, few meetings, and a lack of recurrent training for staff of all levels. MilitaryRP -Downward Toxic Spiral Due to the generally divided and competitive nature of MRP, pride is bound to become an issue, and it has. Every server, even outside of GG, has its fair share of less than friendly players, however the atmosphere of MRP has devolved into a middle school-esqe environment of hyper competitive, die hard, extremely unnerved players similar to that of a Silver CS:GO match. It's a sad truth, but one that has grown to the point where Garnet has spent several hundred hours on a number of new maps due to widespread complaints about cscdesert. I was in the position myself where I had become part of the problem for a long time, where I lost sight of the fact that it was an RP server, not a bi-hourly War gamemode, where I cared about 'game balance' rather than focus on cultivating a better RP environment, however my efforts were not welcome, and the server descended into madness as a result of the competition of war. Is war bad? Not entirely, war is always good fun for the most part, obviously there are some dumb things about it, but with a light heart it is enjoyable. As Garnet has said many times before, War should not be the focus of the server, and I am now able to see exactly why that is. Toxic people doing toxic things because they believe their organization is better, and nobody has done a thing about it. Why? Because the people in charge have their reputations to defend as well, and so the cycle continues. Well how do we fix it? Easy: EGO CRUSHING COMMITTEE StarWarsRP -Restrictions of the Upper Staff, Community-wide. Before I get people spouting below about how this is biased because I'm upper staff on SWRP, the problem itself is pretty universal. I haven't been on GG for very long, but it didn't take long for me to figure out that plenty of people in the past have betrayed Garnet's trust and abused powers granted to them to the utmost extremes, resulting in the removal of many powers from said ranks, and others due to the issue of trust. As staff, we understand the trust issue. It happens, and those people were punished accordingly for doing dumb stuff, however it creates problems for staff moving forward, and severely limits our capacity to do our job. Let's get some things clear, I do not believe in the slightest that staff positions should have the power to exceed their own position, for instance, managers should not be handling donation support. However, staff should have the power to do the duties within their realm to their fullest extent. Most managers lack the forum powers to lock threads, move threads, create sub-forums, and manage the community. Not to mention the restrictions on the individual lack of permissions by each server, including lack of tool-guns, phys-guns, necessary commands to do shit vital to maintaining the player population, like events. The more power bestowed to the trusted subordinates, the more Garnet can focus on important matters that have to be handled by him, such as real fucking life. When we have to bother Garnet, Evity, or some other poor SA for every activity we have to do beyond the duties of a tMod, it becomes a very inefficient form of staffing. If the reasons for these restrictions are beyond me, feel free to let me know. Trouble In Terrorist Town -Lack of Content Sadly, TTT isn't a super prioritized or popular server within the GG community. Not to undermine it's validity as a server, but as far as I know, it wasn't intended to be a self sufficient venture by Garnet, and is kind of a meme, but a functional meme. The only real issue that an average TTT server would face in a saturated market would be a lack of diversity, and as nice as loads of custom content would be, it's not worth subtracting from the larger servers in terms of assets (joke). It's not a priority, but it's a possibility for the future.