With the new EA rating system and mission FAQ, figuring out exactly how to respond to mission takers is a bit of a headache. I am not saying that I have it completely figured out here. Rating mission takers is still a major pain because the user interface is so difficult; so let me admit here that I don’t always rate my missions. But when I do provide feedback, I have arrived at a plan. I put folks who do my missions into four categories.
1. If you do what I wanted you to do, I give positive feedback. If you are spectacular, I try to figure a way to say thanks. That is usually a big investment if I can. Sometimes I bounce over to a network for some affirmative engagement. Sometimes just a warm place in my hear where I wait watchfully for an opportunity. I know I will see these folks on the leader boards.
2. If you do my mission inadequately, but you do something; then I usually just don’t provide feedback. You also become a candidate for my personal hall of shame. When I have an opportunity where I can help or kick sand, offenders should not be surprised by my choice. Examples of this are folks who engage with 1 post on a bomb request, folks who only buy a few shares from a buy mission, and folks who take a comment mission and reply with “nice post.” Stingy folks like this struggle on EA.
3. If you don’t do my mission, I will try to message you first. My message is an effort to give the alleged offender an opportunity. Generally I asked if he had some difficulty with my mission. If you have messaging turned off, I assume that you are pond scum. I will believe almost any story, if you will reply & then comply. I will notice and watch you carefully. No reply means that you are intentionally evil. If you don’t have the network required to do the mission attached to your EA account, I assume your character is flawed. That will get you a negative rating from me.
4. Most folks get one chance with a negative rating. If it happens again, I go beyond negative feedback. I report and block the miscreant. I also belong to a number of groups who share information about folks who seem to struggle with the EA social contract. If I am aware the offender has misbehaved with others, they lose their first strike and just get blocked instantly.
These are my ideas. How do you respond to the folks on Empire Avenue who don’t act responsibly?