The Erotica 1 / Bonus Room conundrum certainly fired up a great number of people to write blog and forum posts.
Amongst the passion, righteousness, rage and trolling, there were some very smart people saying things well worth reading.
Some carefully went over the legal relationship between CCP and its players. Some described the psychological aspects of the bonus room. Others looked at bullying and its definition. There were comparisons made of local and online societies, and there were even eloquent justifications for why the behaviour should be allowed.
Lots of thought provoking and sometimes challenging ideas.
Of course, I’m being pretty optimistic here. To be honest those sorts of posts were in the minority. Mostly the discussions were flooded by trolls. There were so many trolls that they often end up trolling themselves in conversations dozens of layers deep. In any established debate it became harder and harder to find anyone with an opinion they actually championed and believed in.
Have we actually accomplished anything here?
Erotica 1 has apparently been banned, so enough people were counted as standing up and saying the behaviour was not acceptable in our game, and in our particular online community. It was but a tiny step that doesn’t resolve anything. I do hope that it at least got people thinking.