I like this post, Destin. Good way to prove you aren't just an edgy keyboard smasher who rq'ed for no reason.
Also, I feel like beerman has a place to be a troll. He usually keeps it in tms and if you're really that bothered you should talk to staff. I'm sure when you've been around for a while it gets boring not to have some fun with the community.
I don't mind Sean calling me out in discord because I was being super triggered. Being staff shouldn't take away from being a member imo. It's a casual gaming community, staff should be people too. I'm not mad that Sean is a staff member who made a comment. He would've without staff.
Regarding the original post, I think that at least when I had SO, there was good communication some of the time. When I fucked up really badly with Dray for example I didn't get a lot of feedback and started a pm thread on my own. I know that people do things differently and they probably just went to Dray first, but it is stressful to know that several staff members are talking about you and you might be demoted. I wish the communication had been better. Staff had been a lot more laid back, and there wasn't the same feedback with SO updates every month. You knew with SO that clamps would watch you and the playtime would be recorded. (Does anyone still do that? If not I will, it's very valuable). If I still played the servers at all I would rather be an SO than staff based on the structure alone.
Tl;Dr: Leave beerman alone a little, staff are normal members still, and staff organization needs work. SO communication needs work too.
Also, there definitely is toxicity in the community. I've stopped posting almost completely because if people disagree with what I say it's just far too annoying. There are also much worse people than beerman who are actual cancer instead of doing it for fun.