After many years of consideration, we are going to trial TI without guild channels or personal tells between players for six OOC months. We will implement the change in 24 hours and evaluate the results the week of September 28th, 2019. TI will retain the visnet, OOC, and osay channels.
The reasoning is multifold:
- We very consistently see people using OOC guild channels to replace conversations and planning they can and should do ICly. We have strong reason to believe tells are being used this way by default as well. No amount of asking people to stop this has actually stopped it.
- We consistently have problems with the OOC community using OOC social ties to affect IC situations. Whereas we love our OOC community, we feel participation should be optional rather than the expected default due to its omnipresence.
- Years ago, prior to TI being run by its current staff, TI removed tells. Some people really enjoyed the results, some did not. We are curious how it will work out if we try it out today.
After consulting with many players over the years regarding this very issue and change, we feel that this change is one that many people will be against on principle. As a result, we believe it is the type of change that requires a bandaid rip, a period of emotional cooldown, then rational decision-making in hindsight. So, in six months, we will poll players to see how they view the game without tells and guild channels with direct first hand experience rather than a fear of what may or may not happen.
Thank you for your time and patience with this.