After being involved with several RPG communities, I've come to notice that each has its own style of perceiving and communicating things relevant to them. These styles include not only the content of these communities, but also their ways of perceiving things and expressing themselves. In practice, this often means that certain ideas, dialogues, and persons are validated while others are invalidated. The reasons for this are many and are likely due to the assumptions people bring to discussions rooted in culture, language, gender, ethncity, and even sexuality. My questions are as follows (answer whichever ones you feel up to):
1. To what extent is the assumption of geekdom prevalent in various RPG communities?
2. What affect does this assumption have on the tone and direction of any given discussion in an RPG community?
3. To what extent does it enhance or inhibit dialogues between people who may not share geek identify?
4. In what ways can RPG communities expand and enrich their ability to relate to people as people and not just gamers?
I do not have a clearly forumlated hypothesis or anything, but my intuition indicates the following:
1. Validating modes of thinking and communicating besides "either-or" types of discussions. In layman's terms, using tools besides debate to have an engaging discussion.
2. Encourage building bridges in addition to digging tunnels.
3. Abandon machismo.
Like I said, these are not well thought-out plans of action, just hunches. There may be something to it, there may not be. I'll need at least a few days to think about it. In the meantime, I'd like to hear what you have to say.