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The No Man's Sky Subreddit Is Happier Now

On October 5th, the No Man’s Sky subreddit temporarily shut down due to being what then moderator R0ugeW0lf called “a hate filled wastehole of no actual discussion.” If you checked the community today, you see none of that.

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For reference, this is a smattering of topics that reached the front page of the sub on September 20th, shortly before the shutdown.

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While it doesn’t seem as outwardly hostile as what R0ugeW0lf described, this was a pretty negative space. There were a lot of players asking why the game wasn’t what they wanted, and a definitely more than one person blaming Sean Murray directly for their problems with the game.

Here’s some topics on the front page of the sub today:

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People are still critical, of course, but it’s like night and day. Way more people are showing off what they’re finding in the game rather than complaining about it. Hard to believe that these are the same communities, but then again, it’s also nice to see that people can sometimes change their minds. One thing’s for sure: this guy must feel a little silly now.

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DISCUSSION

My question here would be whether the change of tone was a direct function of the update (full disclosure: I bought the game on launch as a gift for my wife, and though she enjoyed it, she was disappointed--she hasn’t played the updated version yet, so I’ve no idea how it works), or if there’s been some policing of the community.

Honestly, I’m actually all for culling segments of a commenting community that behave in a deliberately toxic, offensive, and needlessly confrontational manner (and that doesn’t cross First Amendment lines; only government interference in protected expression violates the First Amendment protection), but I am forced to wonder at the driving force behind what appears to be a fairly significant shift in overall tone and content within a community.

Again, I’m cool with excising posts (and even members, if repeated behavior establishes a pattern of abuse) in order to foster a healthy sense of community—but the sudden change in tone is a bit suspect.

...then again, I also don’t ever use or even navigate to Reddit, so it could be that I’ve no idea how the community at large operates, and would do better to just shush.