About trolls on Greenlight.
To the people at steam. Steam Greenlight is a very good thing. It’s way both to ensure that indi games onto steam that might not make other wise and a good way to let your customers choose what ends up at the store.
But there is a problem, not with the service’s but with the people who use it. People seem to get a huge malicious kick out of being as rude and snide as possible to the developers of the games put on Greenlight. They take great pleasure in saying that the game looks awful but do not give any constructive criticism. They might even be downright insulting to the devs or tell them to “Scrap the whole thing” (the game that is). The thing these trolls do most often is to announce they are “downvoting” the game(pressing “No/Not interested”) along with some condescending remark.
Now from what I’ve been told “No/Not interested” doesn’t actually count ageist the game’s chance of being greenlit , it just takes the game off your queue. So it doesn’t really work as a “downvote”.
But it seems most people haven’t heard. I feel they take a strong pleasure in ‘Denying the devs a chance to get onto Steam’, in spiting on their hopes and dreams.
These people seem to be focused entirely on the newer games as older games on Greenlight (popualar or otherwise) don’t receive this kind of treatment.
Something has to be done about it. As the “No” button doesn’t seem to have much use except as a weapon for trolls then maybe it should be got rid of. Games on Greenlight will still have to earn their place on steam and those deemed less-worthy will languish behind because they aren’t getting enough votes.
Or maybe there should be a system where devs can report trolls so they can stop them commenting on Greenlight submissions.
I’ve posted this here but I would like to send this to someone in management of Greenlight if
possible. I’m open to suggestions.