Originally Posted by DoctorMcPain
Riot doesn't care, so yeah.
This is, and I rarely generalize, but 100% untrue.
Do you realize how pivotal player interaction and the community at large is vital to our game, our mutual success, and the longevity of the genre? Riot has entire teams that are indeed hard at work to solve problems, and indeed, nothing is perfect, but our mechanisms to deal with player behavior is evolving. I'm someone who's extremely interested in behavior, but behavior modification is a huge aspect of psychology and prevailing social psychology is hard to sculpt. It will only change over time if we as developers, from the top down, and players, from the bottom up, do our part to promote positivity and good game.
The first mistake is assuming we don't care. Again, that's a wildly off-base assumption. If you've had any interaction with Rioters on the forums when an issue is brought up you know that we feel passionately about the temperature of the community and we work diligently to adress issues. But it is not without its pitfalls and difficulties. Ever wonder what it's like trying to address the concerns of millions of players worldwide? Welp, it's a hefty challenge! As we've scaled as a company we've developed more tools, but as I've said, it is still evolving, and will continue to. As we develop tools, we do have to ask fellow players, as we are players ourselves, to lead by example, to not give into negative behaviors or perpetuate them by feeding into others' negative behaviors.
Try reading up on behavioral psychology and what you can do to combat negative behavior. It's actually extremely fascinating. Does that sound like homework? Yeah, it probably does. But no functional social group can function without an education on how to establish structure in the group. We all need tools to properly express ourselves, communicate effectively, and avoid toxicity. Learning those tools can take a while, but they can cascade into the wider community.
All of those of us who participate, and especially those who have high visibility such as Elementz himself, or Rioters like me, have a more substantial responsibility to exemplify positivity. I applaud him! Will we have our moments of frustration, anger, or passion? Absolutely! To deny those feelings and not express them would be ignoring our natures, for better or worse. However, we enter into a social pact when we participate in a game, or a community, we have to accept responsibilities. For some the responsibilities will be greater, for others it helps tremendously just to help in a small way by being positive, rewarding positive behavior, and discouraging negative behavior.
Again, all my +1's to Elementz. I very much subscribe to a code of positivity and I hope to find others that will too!