I want to put forth that Baranalot has been a troll on Earthen Ring who has spread unrest by targetting roleplayers and using racial slurs. His intentions appear good on the outset, but his approach has been to bully and disregard efforts of roleplayers who have spearheaded community-building efforts before and have done so without insulting players with bigotry.
For further evidence of his vitriol, please see the thread on ER forums. His other threads were deleted after being reported to Blizzard:
Thank you for posting that link. Upon entering I saw a post about trying to grow RP on two servers, to give a chance to those people interested in meeting more RPers and moving in that direction. What I saw right after was an attack from numerous individuals on Earthen Ring. My first impressions from what you linked as I do not know anyone over there is that you have a very hostile "set in their ways" I would say community but again just a few people.
I do hope not everyone on Earthen Ring is that hostile and look forward to events such as the one proposed above. Our communities and RP will not grow if we all just hide in our own corners and don't talk to anyone else....... unless that is how you RP your toon of course :D
I thank you for the honest opinion.
The thread quickly turned into a flame war. I want to say truly that what Baranalot proposed in its essence was good, but he has an individual has taken to harassing members of Earthen Ring and has done so for some time. He has been banned from ingame community channels for calling people names. Past drama threads on the ER forums were deleted. He has since proposed this cross-realm idea and though there as initial positive interest in it by the ER community, it quickly dried up when he began harassing and blackmailing people.
I suppose I simply want to stress that the flame you see isn't about cross-realm and bringing the best of RP communities together (there are plenty of people, myself included, who support it), but centered on one individual who has taken to burning bridges and insulting members of the community who reach out to help him.http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/7006246433?page=4#76
I agree that community is a good thing and I truly wish that this idea wasn't brought to other servers with such a black mark attached to it. Cross-realm roleplay is something that I truly hope could work. But I think that for it to, we'd need to accept the best and worst among our communities. None of us are perfect. Each of us have our best and worst, Mister Baranalot included. I think for any effort like this to work, we'd need to come to know, accept, and work with the honest parts of each other.
Know that my intentions are that far and that far only and I will not intrude on your forums further at your request.