Hey, I am probably the last member of this community that is known for being serious, but I wanted to get this off my chest. Thus, please dont shitpost ITT.
Recently, by that I mean kinda the last 6 months, it has been a reoccuring scheme that a great deal of people join discord VC mute. This mute is a lot different from its previous use as a temporary measure to shield from your dad walking in, his TV, or hearing whatever one might be disposing of on his favourite ceramic throne.
Rather, people are joining VC because they very much want to listen to it, but do not wish or want to speak for themselves. Their interaction ranges from partaking in chat, or not talking at all.
I have previously, sometimes quite agressively spoken up against this, and was greeted with silence. Ironic, I know. Also I am shockingly bad at being polite so I thought this might be a better way of adressing it, in a carefully written, but verbose af post on ORE’s “I-can’t-believe-its-not-Discord” - MyBB Successor.
So, whats my problem with Mute Parties? Why cant I let everyone do whatever they want how they want it? Free love!
The thing is, its a Voice-Chat. It is meant to be used for talking. Despite it being abused for it, its not like
Twitch where you sit back and look at what somebody else has to do or say.
Lets adress the two behaviours seperately:
First, the ones that interact with chat. This kinda works. But! It is kinda difficult to notice what one writes, as It needs me to have a window open. Bad when u only got one screen. And it doesnt help that some do it in MC where there message just gets lost in server chat.
But what if im shy? Dont be. We dont bite. And this is all anonymous. Dont get scared coz some tend to show their faces. You will never have to. You are doing yourself a disfavor. because people have to read chat to interact with you, they will either dislike it or just straight out not do it. It is more work to follow chat, for no reason. You COULD just talk.
Please realise that using chat to talk is inconvenient for everyone involved.
But what if my Mic sucks? Most mics do. Its fine.
But what if I don’t have a mic? A) Use ur Smartphone B) Why does your computer not have a mic? Honestly, I call Bullshit.
Secondly, the people that just hang in VC but don’t say anything. You should not be in VC if you do not wish to take part in the conversation. Competitions are exceptions of course, but in general ORE is not your podcast. It feels very weird talking in VC with someone just sitting there muted listening to you. It feels like your being spied upon. If anything, this practice must stop. Do not sit in a VC u do not want to have a say in it. Its a chat, not a podcast, not a lecture.
I guess this is mainly a problem with being too shy. ORE is a mature community. That also means older members are sometimes there for very long times and sometimes much older than you are. But you know what. It doesnt matter. This is the internet. And if aynthing ORE is the pure side of it. The one disconnected from our real name, your instagram, twitter, whatever. Somebody ignored you? Speak louder. Ping them. Throw a tantrum. Whats the worst that could happen. Nobodys gonna judge from how u sound in VC, and if they do, well, fuck em.
You should have the courage to speak in a VC. And ORE is a great way to try, because its community is very friendly and forgiving. It can also be harsh, because it doesnt sugarcoat. If your mics trash someone migth call it that. It doesnt mean they dont wanna listen to you.
Lets end this on a happy note. When I joined ORE in late 2016, I was still in school. In March 2017, final exams came about. Around that time I was on ORE alot and also in VC. I had one exam taken spoken, in english class. I was never that amazing in english class. But I aced that final, and in great parts I owe that to how I could practice speaking while Gaming here. I was quiet as shit in school so this rly helped.
After the exam the teacher actually came to me and wanted to know how i got so fluent. Bless the internet eh.
So, to conclude, mass mute VC is soemthing that can and should be avoided. But I’d really like to know what other people think. Maybe Im already a Gen Whatever Boomer and being mute is totally accepteble to 2000s ppl. To me it isnt, and I find it highly uncomfortable.
Now roast me!