As some of you surely have noticed, we had some drama going on this morning on our forums. If you want to spare yourself of the suffering of having to read those 3 pages, I can tell you that, in brief, some user accused someone else of having created several multi accounts to "cheat" The Foundation.
I was entangled in a very long planning meeting for Alpha 1, hence I couldn't intervene immediately. Now, instead of preparing the next Kickstarter update, I'm forced to write down this thread. It means that instead of spending my time making the nice 99% of the community happy, I have to waste it calming down the kindergarten-minded 1%. And I'm not happy about it.
So, let's tackle the issue step by step.
If you want to report someone for any kind of rule-breaking behavior, you shall do so privately to a member of the staff. It can be via forum pm, Discord, email, whatever. But private. Opening a thread of the forums, destined to descend into a flame war, serves no purpose whatsoever.
This time, I'm not going to ban anyone. The next time someone does this instead, he's going to take a long vacation from the Fractured community. Perhaps a permanent vacation.
The purpose of The Foundation, as stated in its announcement, is to "reward you for doing all the small things that show your interest in Fractured and its success". It's not a competitive thing. The leaderboard is there to allow players to find the most engaged/veteran players and the most active guilds to get in touch with. Nothing is won being top 10 in the leaderboard compared to being rank 2000. The Foundation is going to be eventually phased off during testing.
Please, don't force us to get rid of the leaderboard just because you're taking it as some kind of competitive feature and going nuts about it.
Some people might be taking The Foundation in a competitive way because players in the TOP 100 can access the pre-alpha. But what is the pre-alpha?
The pre-alpha is going to consist of a couple (or more) weeks of hardcore testing. It will allow us to receive important feedback and fix unexpected bugs. It requires passion for the game, but also a friendly, cooperative attitude between testers to be successful.
Why am I telling you this? Just to let you know that if you're stirring the pot, engaging in flame wars, threatening other players (more or less explicitly), and overall being a toxic factor in the Fractured community, you won't get into the pre-alpha. Like, not even if you're in the TOP 10. You just won't. Think about that.
I hope everything is clear and we can get back to normal, because seriously, there are a 31.000+ registered users, almost 15k with a forum account, hundreds being really active and really nice, then a handful that manages to consistently turn good threads to trash, and my patience for this last bunch is running out.
Note: if you're part of the handful and want to take said vacation from the Fractured community, giving the wrong reply to this thread is the best way to achieve that. Apologizing instead could do you some good.