At 4/4/11 11:13 AM, Scarab wrote:
At 4/4/11 10:56 AM, SkeletonGimp wrote:
What ever you do, don't bother with trying to make a name for yourself in the Politics or Writer's Forum. I hear no-one cares who's who in those forums ;D
No, it was blatantly a statement of fact ;D
The BBS needs a sarcasm HTML button...
Politics isn't so bad if you regular there, and post competently. It can work with any new user. That's really all they ask, and the folks in the lounge thread are actually very friendly to those that know when to debate and when to relax. I haven't even been there in a long time and I can safely vouch for that without fear of being hypocritical.
A lot of people, myself included, are quick to get snarky about the Politics forum. It is however one of the few places I've ever seen online where definite right-wingers can get on moderately well and maturely with definite left-wingers. Not many forums accomodate for that. I sometimes just wish I were a good debater, because despite what some may think (or in confirmation), I'm dreadful at politics.
Meh, the Politics forum's ok. Some of the debate is pretty good, bordering on high end. You really got to know your shit and your sources otherwise you will get butt raped by the regs no matter what side of the spectrum you are.
That said, there are some people who argue for view points that many would describe as leaning extremist, or isolationist, so you do have to keep a cool head on when debating with them as they put up a hell of a fight even when the majority see them as 'wrong'. That, and you get the occassional idiot who doesn't have a clue what they're talking about suddenly going on the defensive and throwing miles of source material at you that you need to check and double check in case you yourself look like the tool. It's horrible trying to say to someone they're misquoting only to find out you misquoted too...
The Regular's lounge is nothing more then a slightly more intelligent General Forum, but I suppose it's a bit of a breath of fresh air.
Writing is a little more obvious. I maintain that I wished that they had thought it over a little more. Not that I'm angry or annoyed or anything. Few attempts at standardisation though has lead to over a year of squabbling over standards, which often unfortunately comes out very snobbishly at times. Some people want to be overly harsh to everyone to force the messge home, wheras I am always more than likely to lay it on lightly. That applies to when I read stuff lightly here (admittedly not happened regularly in a long time) or when I'm doing stuff academically.
The idea of 'standardisation' on a BBS forum is what usually drives me away from making any real effort to contribute in there. That said, I also happen to be pretty lazy and don't adequetly set time aside to indulge in keyboard tapping for creativity :/
There's also the point that more 'experienced' writers (whether that mean they've been here for a long time, or maybe they've been published once or twice) tend to act very... you know, and lesser-knowns have, in my experience with the forum, the tendency to just follow them. This is regardless of whether or not the 'experienced' is actually good or, in my honest opinion, a little overrated. That is the point of the Writing forum after all.
Again, another reason why I don't subscribe to the Writer's forum. In some aspects, it can feel a little elitist, despite Coop's heroic efforts to try and change this image. I guess when the Writer's portal comes out things will be a bit better.
The Writer's Forum can turn into more of a Wi/Ht specifically for writing, similar to the Flash/Art/Programming etc forums, with the added bonus of being a place to host competitions and Roleplays (the one bit of the writer's forum I would have liked if people were a bit more active)
The Elitists and the more friendly Regulars will naturally gravitate to the portal and will use the review/vote system for criticism and most of the cream will naturally float to the top while most of the genuine turd lazy stories will fall to the bottom.
Can I make a point about Wi/Ht being close-knit now too!?
You can, but you'd be wrong. Lololololo.
But seriously, I don't think you get much respect for being a regular on Wi/Ht considering those users who actually use that forum for help naturally expect the answers to be friendly and helpful. It's hard to earn extra respect points for doing what many peple view as 'their job'. You'll find this in every single 'service' environment from paid for/employed to unpaid/free/volunteer sectors, and Wi/Ht fits snuggly as the unofficial BBS Customer Service desk.
Did you woop and cheer and idolise the last guy who gave you atleast moderatly good customer service?