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I felt this same way in high school with noby's server, and even more so in college. Now I'm done with college and don't spend as much time around people in general, but still I completely agree with this—it's the main reason why I have everything except #speedrunning muted, although even that channel still devolves into meaningless/off-topic/immature discussion relatively regularly. For many, many months now, I have been so close to just completely abandoning the Discord server as a place where I would want to communicate with this community. I just haven't left because it is the most convenient way to keep up-to-date with speedrunning, although most of the time these days I don't even read through the whole channel because I can't be bothered anyway.
Having spent more time around people closer to my age I'm starting to see just how immature our community really is.
This is certainly one of the reasons, another one being that the organization of the forums is just greatly superior to that of Discord. Another huge advantage of forums is that everything is archived in an easy-to-use format, whereas Discord search is terrible for this purpose (although admittedly, the forums' search function is super broken right now too, so that would have to be fixed). I also think this community is at its best for long discussions when we are posting on the forums, because we're forced to think more before saying something.
I think this is why people like Nature Freak might be advocating for the forums and if that's the case then I agree.
Well, I don't think "adult" implies "mature" at all, and most of the adults in the community don't really seem to care too much about that either. People just want to have fun, really. And I understand that—I love dirty humor, as long as it's actually funny and with people who I enjoy. That's not the case with the MB server for me personally, but if people enjoy it then I won't stand in their way.
As much as this is still a community full of teenagers, many of us are adults now and we don't seem to do much to promote maturity in our community.
My philosophy of being a Moderator prevents me from just leaving or muting anyone or any channel. I need to be able to see everything lest some rule be broken and I miss it because I muted them. I feel I would be responsible for the damage (no matter how small) that would cause. For me being a moderator means taking on that responsibility of finding and punishing actual rule breaking, I can't just ignore everything going on because "I don't like it." It's not about me liking it or not. So perhaps this accentuates "the problem", seeing everything all the time refusing to ignore it only builds up a resentment for it, which was further accentuated by my now greater understanding of just how immature this place really is, and always has been. But, I've grown past the need to act that way myself (most of the time), I've already had my years of being a dumb teenager who has said countless dumb things. But to expect that everyone else to suddenly get over it just because I no longer have a need for it is unfair to them. I'm only the way I am now because of all my years of being a dumb teenager, to deprive them of that would be greater problem in my eyes. Maybe the real issue is something like the important discussions get lost in all the chatter, for example with pertinent #speedrunning discussions, like you pointed out.
So I think the best thing to do is to leave if you don't like it, and mute the channels you don't like if you'd rather remain in the server. Everyone has different thresholds for what they can and can't deal with, and vastly different senses of humor, but I don't think it's good to want to control everything that other people say. I don't know how moderator appointments work, but if it's really bothering you maybe you could just be a forum/webchat moderator or something. As long as people are happy with this community, whatever their chosen level of involvement is, that's fine with me.
All the good discussion is lost in the noise and not worth sifting through to find. There must be some solution to this, and maybe this is one. Someone who is reading everything can keep track of all the important developments and make a forum post for each one so it is better archived (or do a big monthly update or something). Like just the other day Ice Cold Pass (MBP Advanced) had a brand new tweak, that would be important to know, someone should make a post covering everything we know about the trick so it's not lost in all the other things going on. Perhaps that's a better solution than to silence all the dumb things people say. Because as annoying as they might be they're also important in a certain sense.
I just haven't left because it is the most convenient way to keep up-to-date with speedrunning, although most of the time these days I don't even read through the whole channel because I can't be bothered anyway.
I'm not saying you have a "wrong philosophy" or anything, because frankly that would be a ridiculous comment to make, but I feel the need to just point out that you shouldn't have to put pressure on yourself to read everything that goes on around here. There are three other active moderators, after all—it's unrealistic to expect one person to do all that work, and so that's why there are a few of you people.
I need to be able to see everything lest some rule be broken and I miss it because I muted them. I feel I would be responsible for the damage (no matter how small) that would cause. For me being a moderator means taking on that responsibility of finding and punishing actual rule breaking, I can't just ignore everything going on because "I don't like it."
I do think this is the biggest issue with Discord at present. Maybe I have the luxury of being a "user" instead of a "moderator", that makes me able to partake in only the parts of this place that I enjoy, and with the #speedrunning channel in particular being the only reason I'm still in the server, I find it frustrating that it's so hard to get a concise summary of important things that are posted there, especially stuff about one particular topic. That's why I'd love to revive the WRR topics on the forums, because they're a ridiculously convenient place to catch up on news which clearly sections everything off with timestamps and doesn't take up all my computer's RAM like the community spreadsheets do.
Maybe the real issue is something like the important discussions get lost in all the chatter, for example with pertinent #speedrunning discussions, like you pointed out.
Or, people could just... post on the forums when they find stuff. That would be nice, but perhaps it's too good to be true to expect anyone but myself and a couple other people to want to do that.
Someone who is reading everything can keep track of all the important developments and make a forum post for each one so it is better archived (or do a big monthly update or something).
That would be fine with me, but then people might not post on the forums at all. I still would though, and if even 6 people joined me that would be very nice.
Update: A little bit of discussion in Discord brought up the idea that channels like #speedrunning and #level-building could have their chatter removed and be topic specific channels only. That might also be a solution.
I certainly agree with the fact that the medium of Discord means stupid jokes are inevitable, but I do still think forum interaction can be enjoyable. That's just down to personal opinion though. I think that in general, a good way to think of it might be that forums are for more organized topics, while Discord is just for general communication. Like, if people did what Doomblah wrote and made the #speedrunning, #level-building, etc. channels into topic-only channels, then I think that type of channel would fare better if it was entirely on the forums. This includes #question-of-the-day, #speedrunning, #level-building, #suggestions (since the forums support polls), #bug-report, and #coding-and-modding, although that last one could go either way. Then all the other channels would comprise the Discord server itself. That way, all the "official" or "important" stuff would be kept on the forums in a clean, easy to read format, whereas more casual conversation would be relegated to Discord. I think this would be much healthier for the community.
However, as for Discord, or any instant messaging app, there will be immaturity, jokes, memes, and the like. This goes down to the heart of Marble Blast, but the same can be seen for almost any community, and only becomes more so with an increase in size. Plus, other than that, it wouldn't be enjoyable to interact with anyone if everything was entirely sterile.