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Does it ever feel like you have no voice on the forums?

Sterling Crimson

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I wish I could just vent... and I really need to vent now. So... here goes.

 

I don't know if it's just me, but it just seems like my voice is just really small around here, practically mute. I think it applies everywhere I go, whether it's at a church, or at my university. You ever noticed that every time you try to say something, that nobody actually heard you say it? Or that if someone did indeed hear you, that you were ignored, as if you weren't even there?

 

Let's start with forum threads. Whether you try to promote yourself or something you made or contribute to a thread, what happens? Most of the time, there's no response. Either that, or people are replying to other people's posts and ignoring the fact that other people have opinions on here. It's annoying to say the least. The point of a thread's to place your opinion so that people can hear it. That's why I'm often so lazy to post at all around here. Where's my voice?

 

Even as I'm typing this post, hosting the World Cup, or even participating in a roleplay, what happens? People ignore everything I say. I want people involved not just with myself, but with the things I made. I want them to enjoy (or begin something enjoyable) the forums, and I want to add to the experience. But what ends up happening... is that no ones want to even try. What's the point of trying to make the forums a better place if no one actually wants to try?

 

Finally, let's go to private messages. You message someone, but you don't get much of a reply at all. Either that, or the person read the message and doesn't even bother replying. Or even worse, the person NEVER READ THE MESSAGE. Why is it so difficult to just say, "HEY I'M BUSY! Let's talk later Ok?!" Why is it so difficult to respond to a proposition to make the forums a better place? Why is it so hard to maintain friendships and messaging threads if all that ends is your voice being mute?

All that... is the reason I never start threads anymore. All that is the reason why I was actually reluctant to host the World Cup in the first place. All that is the reason I never start roleplays. And all that is the reason I never want to start another PMing group again. Because at the end of the day, my voice... is mute. Hell, I don't even think anyone will see the blog post. That's how pessimistic I feel whenever I want to organize something here or anywhere else.

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So I took a break, and in the process lost much of my popularity, and while it sucks that i'm no longer the guy who people see "Everywhere" around here anymore, I still have friends here, people who don't just find relevance in me because I happen to have lots of post, but because they actually care for my wellbeing. 

 

And thats enough for me, sure it kinda sucks sometimes that not everyone is reading everyones feedback and opinions, and replying to them and everything, but i've just kinda learned to be ok with it.

 

And through that i feel like I enjoy the forums more, like truly enjoy the forums, I don't feel like I'm just striving to keep popularity, but I'm actually coming here in my spare time and enjoying myself. 

 

Sorry for my rambling, i think I covered all i wanted to, so yeah.. I may have rambled off topic or something a bit, i'm not sure, but I hopefully got everything across in the process of everything.

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No I see where you're coming from Zygs. My biggest issue was never popularity. It was just that I felt the more popular folks weren't being helpful enough to make new friends with the less popular members. Which is what this forum's all about. Heck, I can be guilty of that simply because I'm so busy with life. I just feel that most people aren't doing enough to help everyone feel welcome that's all. That's why I started the World Cup. So that I can encourage people to get to know each other through voting and favourite character discussions.

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The World Cup is a pretty big undertaking.  It has gotten a good amount of attention, votes, and posts in the forum.  :)  But I get some of the other things you're saying too.  Sometimes people don't extend the courtesy of even saying "I'm busy, I'll get back to you later."  I admit I don't always reply to messages or whatever the way I should.  I do try though. 

 

If your efforts here and elsewhere helps to give others the voice they deserve, that's a good thing.  :) 

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The World Cup is a pretty big undertaking.  It has gotten a good amount of attention, votes, and posts in the forum.  :)  But I get some of the other things you're saying too.  Sometimes people don't extend the courtesy of even saying "I'm busy, I'll get back to you later."  I admit I don't always reply to messages or whatever the way I should.  I do try though. 

 

If your efforts here and elsewhere helps to give others the voice they deserve, that's a good thing.  :)

I totally agree with everything you say, and i'll admit I frankly don't feel like I spend enough time sometimes on replying to others or posting or reading other posts as much as I should(With my post length thats kinda shocking, but its true.)

 

But its hard sometimes, especially when your as naturally stressed as me. And always feel busy regardless of how busy you are.

 

But i agree with you Wingnut.

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