By Operation Rainfall Contributor / October 17th, 2011
>Hey folks, Marko here with a friendly reminder to our followers. We’ve been noticing the need for some crowd control via our various social media sites lately and have posted some updates on our Facebook regarding our current direction. I’m simply copy/pasting what has already be stated on our Facebook page, but we want to make the message loud and clear that Operation Rainfall does not promote or condone using spam. Also, our admin team agrees that Nintendo of America already has a packed holiday schedule for the remainder of 2011, so if we were to eventually see Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower, Spring 2012 would be a more realistic launch period. I know that waiting can be hard, but realistically, we are not going to see these games in 2011. Patience is not only a virtue, but is a requirement for anyone truly passionate about seeing these titles making it overseas. We are confident that Nintendo of America has heard us and we are patiently waiting for them to make an announcement. If you would like to find other creative ways to channel your passion and enthusiasm, please visit our forums to see full details for Phase Three: http://oprainfall.freeforums.org/
Here are some posts our staff have made earlier on our Facebook page:
Operation Rainfall is looking to head in a new direction regarding how we post on Nintendo’s Facebook. We at Operation Rainfall feel that seeing any of these games in 2011 is not as likely as seeing them in 2012. That is not to say we won’t receive good news this year, because we could. Nintendo has a busy schedule through the end of the year on the Wii with Zelda and Kirby releasing as well as a busy holiday lineup on the 3DS.
As such, we would suggest that those who comment thank Nintendo for their great Holiday lineup on both the Wii and 3DS and ask Nintendo to release these games for Spring 2012.
Also, Operation Rainfall’s official stance is to post a productive and courtesy response to Nintendo, and then leave. Those who stick around and talk with other members are not representing Operation Rainfall. We have been seeing a lot of arguing on both sides regarding these games and it needs to stop. Remember, we are talking to Nintendo and not trying to convince Nintendo fans of anything.
We also suggest you comment ONE time per Nintendo post. Remember that we need to be considerate of those who are there who have no interest in these games.
The staff at Operation Rainfall would like to remind everyone to keep this campaign clean and positive. First off, we have noticed many comments made on other pages (specifically those run by Nintendo) that may come off as rude, argumentative, or offensive. While we encourage everyone to use their voices to get in touch with Nintendo of America, the Nintendo Facebook page is meant for Nintendo fans to voice their appreciation for all things Nintendo, not for starting flame wars. If you have a relevant comment to make, make your comment and leave. Do not linger and take the bait.
Second, please try to keep negativity to a minimum, we like some constructive criticism but there is a limit and it is best to always remain positive and not destructive to our campaign.
Don’t forget what this campaign is all about!
Facebook and Twitter present a unique opportunity to make comments directly with PR staff, and for that reason they are wonderful tools.
At the same time, they are a double-edged sword, because people will inevitable abuse those tools. As long as they are used properly for their intended purpose, social media sites are great for getting in touch with large corporations, as an example, Nintendo of America’s reply to the enthusiasm of Operation Rainfall fans back in June.
But what has been going on over the past few weeks is simply unacceptable.
Operation Rainfall has set missions and objectives for those who would like to help us out. Submitting art for our package to NCL is a great creative outlet that is part of our current campaign. Pre-ordering a copy of Monado from Amazon is another great way to help the campaign. Spreading word through other means is also great.
Spamming the Nintendo Facebook page… not only is it NOT part of our campaign, but it is also ineffective, and frankly, annoying. We would just like to request that everyone stop spamming the Nintendo Facebook page. Polite requests are one thing, spamming and flaming are just plain unacceptable.
If you do want to hang around the comments section on Nintendo’s Facebook you’re obviously free to do so but you’re not representing Operation Rainfall if you respond to other people’s comments. Our stance is to post a relevant post without spamming and get out.
Sometimes it’s better to just ignore the trolls. It seems like in our quest to defend these games, some have taken things into their own hands, which is great that they are that passionate about the games, but it really does nothing but aggravate others and smear our reputation. Don’t feed the trolls and don’t take their bait. Instead we have several other things you can do to channel your passion.
Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work, and have a great week!
-The Operation Rainfall Staff