After TheHermit return, I noticed a disturbing trend among official team members conduct, to copy in a massive form his behavior, his words. TheHermit become a trend and a ‘fashion icon’ for 9dragons, someone who others try to reach, someone who others try to copy.
When a player comes to a community, he or she is only a ‘candidate for community’ till he or she became a veteran. In this time he try to observe, adopt, adjust to the community or become a leader ( too strong for a weak community ) and try to change it for a better good. This imitative trends are very easy to observe in kids behavior. A kid is always prone to copy a behavior in order to adjust. The social ‘ego’ for many of 9dragons players is not form yet, so the general trend is to be assigned to ‘someone’, which in this case it is the TheHermit.
TheHermit has a unique perspective to create a funny, relaxing atmosphere, he is the master of ceremony, the story teller who kids love it, the trend for a open community communication, to a better 9dragons. Because of this, some players wants to copy him in order to gain a new fame, a new place and a new trend in community eyes. A fine observer sees the difference. It is like those monkeys, placed in an experimental situation in which they can easily procure food by clicking on a pedal. After a long time when they understood that, pressed on the pedal cause electric shock to one of them, they stop to get the food.
I sow this behaviors on 9dragons boards lately : seeannuhh took drakenfyre75 face in The Hermit Cave, TheHistorian announce events in Hermit style, the VGMs are always typing ‘ I heard from TheHermit that…’, ‘ TheHermit said…’ , the others stay in the back and try to find a opportunity to adjust to the new trend. But I have the feeling this story is tell in a wrong way. All the people are in IIIth character role. A story has a place for everyone and a role. Right now 9dragons story has only story tellers, no characters (because…it is what I wrote about imitation, copy ). You all need roles not copycats.
In the period of imitation, the ‘ act ‘ can be seen by everyone, an individual’s behavior is modeled after another’s behavior, like now in 9dragons boards.This behavior tends to satisfy some desire. Yet, when comes to qualities of superiority the imitation acts is stopped.Unfortunately, I didn’t sow this till now.
I conclude with the fact that TheHermit trend has influenced in ‘good’, players. [zmaster] avatar is an example. [zmaster] now is totally changed and his similarities with his past are only few. I find this a good thing.