The writing group that we belong to maintains a Discord group where members can interact outside of meetups. Last week, a friend from the group invited me to join a second Discord server for writers that she belongs to/runs. I accepted with great interest.
When you join a server, it pops up a little announcement to let other people know there’s someone new. My username is “Jedi,” which quickly prompted a few other writers who dabble in the Star Wars sandbox to ask if I write Star Wars fic. That led just as quickly to a discussion of SW eras and canons, and I politely explained that I am a Legends girl. I can hold my own in conversations about the Prequels, Clone Wars, and Rebels, but I get sketchy on Old Republic stuff… and I don’t acknowledge the new movies At All.
A couple of the other writers laughed and joked that we should have a rant fest in a private channel about how horrible the new movies are… at which point another writer took it upon himself to find out why we dislike the movies and to “explain” to us why we were wrong. While I’m always up for intelligent debate, I sat big chunks of the following conversation out because it was clearly not going anywhere constructive. None of us we open to being converted and the gentleman trying to convert us wasn’t really interested in understanding our position… just making us acknowledge we were wrong.
So about ten minutes into having been there I sent my friend a polite note to apologize for starting fights on her server. She, of course, was not at all concerned and told me not to worry about it. I pointed out that I wasn’t worried… I just generally try to get to know people before starting fights. : p
On the bright side, it was a fascinating opportunity to watch people extract themselves from a conversation with grace and dignity. More than one person in the ‘discussion’ politely demurred to go any further, stating that they “knew their conversational limits” and needed to bow out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so that so neatly and professionally before, especially in a digital setting, and it was intriguing and educational.
So although I don’t have a lot of time to hang out in servers, I do look forward to seeing what else I can pick up from the group since it is clear that at least some of them are class-act adults with tips and tricks I can steal for my own benefit!