Dearest Empirians,To put it simply, the community is not the same. I agree that it is not forward thinking to think but of the past, however, you should still look back at history to learn from mistakes. The community does not feel at home anymore. While many mistakes were made in the IcecreamCow and JustinGuy era, we need to realize that the community has more issues now due of the absence of these principles. The community appears to be almost robotic – almost like some sort of brick wall. It does not feel normal, and I find some threads to be like arguing like brick walls. Before I continue my rant, I would like to state that it is not the fault of the staff members (or the community, for that matter). No single person, decision, or any single action will fix this, nor did any of the listed caused this scare. What I am saying is no guarantee, and it is definitely not trying to be hurtful to any party. The people who run this server do nothing but put their heart into it, while sacrificing their time into keeping EMC a safe place and happy place.The first problem, is that moderation as a whole has become much safer, and definitely not in a good way. The position is, quite simply, much overprotected. Any sort of action seems to be very light, used rarely, and too clean cut. The addition of the muting action, in my opinion, has not been a good one. Back in the older days, if you were spamming, you were straight up disciplined. The same goes for any sort of chat offence. I am one hundred percent for warning players, but if someone does something wrong, it appears that staff member will always ask them nicely to stop, and the issue still persists. And of course, it happens again and again. Rinse and repeat. I cannot give a solid example, but I know the community knows what I am talking about. We have players on EMC who persist breaking the rules and refuse to learn from their mistakes. And, of course, they are let go, with multiple slaps on the wrist. This is not enough. I believe, in my humble opinion, that it is time for a change in the way of moderating the community. It is not the same, and it is time for a change.While I am on the topic of moderation in the Empire, I will display my second point. The staff team choices have not been the best. The staff members that are being chosen are in no way bad people or bad choices for a moderation position at all. From the extent of my knowledge, they are selected because they have absolutely no risk of causing any problems, they have no history at all, and they have no negative image on the community. That may seem all good to you, but what this means is that there isn’t any actual variety in the staff team (which is what we want, in the end). It appears that they are choosing them because they have zero chance of being a bad moderator or making lots of mistakes. Close to all the time, when there is a new staff promotion, I rarely see someone promoted that I know is well-known. That also means that there is no impression made on the community at all. As stated above, they are all people who simply have a perfect record, and no risk of being bad mods. When people see a new staff member that they love in the community, that they know and love, they feel more comfortable with interacting with them. I will not play the “blame game” and I will definitely not point fingers at any names, but some staff (not all of them) have felt more robotic rather than natural to react with What I am trying to get at here is not that the staff do not understand what they are doing; it’s simply that it all feels like it is a technical process. In an environment in which your job is to be a people person, this is not the best of attitudes. On a different but related notes, the Empire needs more strong community members as staff. People who make the community and staff interaction feel comfortable.The reason why you no longer see veteran players as staff, is that no matter who you are, if you have been playing on EMC for a long time, you have stepped on someone’s buttons, or have some sort of history. We need people who the community loves as staff to help tie it together. We need more good community members and veterans in circulation around the staff system.The community seems to be timid or scared of making new projects because of how technical the process is. To put it simply, the Empire no longer feels like a family. I have noticed that players no longer want to invest in projects or contests, because the staff members have taken the steering wheel of the project and the players no longer have any interest in it. There are monthly contests, many events weekly, and many staff projects that make players think that it is useless to add something else to the community when these are all going on. This is not an issue with staff, this is an issue that needs to be fixed within the players of the community itself. This issue has nothing to do with staff and does not mean that they should step away from the community (in fact, that’s the last thing they need to do) – the community simply has to get more involved with the flow of the Empire.These are three loose ideas. I am not sure if you all agree or not, and that is fine. I want to build upon these ideas to make the Empire a greater and more pleasant place for both new players and old. I do not think EMC is bad, I just feel like we need to improve. We need to strive for self-improvement because of how much I (and I’m sure you do too) love the community and want to make it strong. Improvement is never a bad thing. Together, we can make the Empire great again.Sincerely,CadenEDIT: I give my most sincere apologies to any of those people offended by what I have said in this rant. I meant for it to be a party neutral. My apologies.