First off, I'd like to preface this with a disclaimer. I love the game, I'm having a lot of fun, I am not trying to change the status quo as much as I am a little fuzzy on why somethings are done certain ways and I strive for a better understanding. I've seen some people get really upset in other threads to some feedback, and I hope that I do not upset anyone with my observations here.
There's been something that I've been mulling over a bit in my head and it's the way SIC is handled and I have this notion that the feelings and impressions that people get from the SIC could possibly lead them to form their apprehension with making larger moves with crime on Gold and such.
As an example, I understand that SIC ambience is supposed to be constant chatter with millions upon millions of thoughts cluttering up the SIC information highway.
However, I've noticed that the way people treat it, and I have likely been guilty of this myself to some degree, is as if just 50 or 60 people at a time can see it. If you say one comment about one organization, it feels almost guaranteed they will respond if they're online. People don't seem to allow some things to just flutter by as if the SIC was simply too crowded to be bothered to take offense to every little thing said.
I see this with Judges too, Judges will react to every little anti-authoritarian comment that is muttered, as if they could possibly keep the other 70 million talking heads from doing the same thing, I am no expert clearly, and I could be way wrong, but the number of Judges to the general population, even if this was automated likely shouldn't be able to keep up with dissent on SIC, right?
I do understand that reacting to these types of things does give you RP hooks, it allows you to immediately generate reasoning for conflicts, no matter how minor or how severe, it's up to you how much offense you take at anything that is said.
However, I am not sure I understand that to be holistically beneficial if it suppresses a lot of voices and makes people avoid trying to appear outwardly aggressive.
I could see the SIC as that neutral ground to help nurture conflict and aggressiveness between players, instead of yet another medium for authoritarians to silence everyone who would dare.
I think we all understand that not all players are up to the challenge in engaging in direct conflict with others whether that be combat or vocal/verbal/thoughtful conversation. But they may be trying to play characters who are, and if every aspect of the game is always met with an immediate warning of consequences, bounties, and fines, they may never really feel comfortable spreading their wings and flourishing in a role they'd like to try.
I think the average player should be able to say Saedor Krupp is poop without a high level employee taking time out of their busy schedule to threaten to make their life a living hell.
Part of me doesn't fully understand why a Corporate Citizen would even bother to acknowledge the opinions of a nobody Mixer either, especially if they believe that Mixer to be an immigrant.
In summary, I think the SIC sometimes makes the game world feel tiny, and that really goes against the content of the help files on ambience and respecting the game's NPC population. I think this plays a very large role in how people can foresee, or predict their crime will be reacted to, with laser like focus, and they get stuck in a loop for waiting for that right time.
I know that the whole journey is supposed to be fun, and I think it is personally, but I also think that it's easy to say that when you're sitting from a privileged position, and not punching up all the time so it's important to try to empathize as much as possible with other side of that, the person trying to punch up, to make a rep for themselves, other than simply being a failure, being reminded of it all the time on SIC, and potentially feeling unable to respond on SIC.
I do agree with the sentiment by Reefer to go out there and do it and participate, of course, but I like to try to put myself in other peoples shoes, and when I do, this is what I come up with.
Thank you if you took the time to read this, and again, I don't mean to offend or single anyone out!