I personally have a major problem, that i’ve outlined several times and near constantly to most people i know and in my ban appeal.
Basically, the way admins on here use the note system is REALLY atrocious and fucks everything up for most players.
The main problem here, being the absolute lack of usage of the “positive note” option. I have literally never seen an admin use it to reward a player who brought something unique to a round, or made everyone’s round that much more enjoyable - and that’s a MAJOR problem for 2 reasons :
You all know the expression “the carrot and the stick” - here, the warnings/bad notes being the obvious stick, beating the ass of players when need be.
The problem, is the lack of carrot - while a lot of players try to be a good player for the sake of being good to others, many see no point to it, which, makes sense :
If you’re not particularly involved in the community, why wreck your ass to make amazing and fun gimmick for everyone when you could just get your validhunt fix for the day by playing HoS/sec ? Why bother interacting with others and making funny new things/experiments as scientist, when it probably will fail/be ignored and you’d prefer to just go do your little minigame in your own corner? It could be boiled down like this for almost any role, and explains why a lot of players who are not particularly interested in joining the Bee Community ™ don’t make any effort to be particularly good. For some, it’s better to do nothing than try and probably fail, and on the off chance it work, get “nothing”.
All admins are inherently biased. There’s no denying that - we all are humans, with our own pet peeves and likes.
The problem, is the picture that the current note system portrays.
Imagine encountering a player, with about 700 hours. Got about 20 notes, all rather bad, and for various issues, maybe repeating ones, or one/two bans. Problem is, you don’t know him. All you have to get a picture of that player, is the negative notes available for you to see - and you’re left to wonder if the dude is just generally a piece of shit with maybe a few times where he finally got caught, or just bad rounds that are exceptions to what the dude generally offers to rounds (positively)
That’s the main problem. There is no way to know when someone is actually putting in effort to fix their problematic behavior.
And it even gets worse when admins keep telling us that notes are not “punishment”, which is an extremely hard call to make. A few admins already hold the view that notes = where a sanction should have taken place.
And even despite that, with the scenario i just described above, even if admins just put a shitload of notes solely to, indeed, note bad behavior where there is some without necessarily meaning it to be bad, could you really honestly say that giving a note to someone wouldn’t inherently cause them problems and act as a punishment, even if light?
-There’s no reward for being a shiningly good player (even IC !)
-Admins will judge much more harshly due to notes only depicting the worst version of ourselves
-Notes will always be considered punishments by the playerbase, despite being pushed by admins as being only there to “keep track of behavior”