I've been hearing all sorts of stories about how webmasters
are tired of putting up with idiotic flamers, ignorant
newbies, bad ratings, whatever. So much so that they're
leaving the SM community for a better one, crying and
wailing away, hoping to seek solace in a community that is
better accepting of them. More power to you, folks.
But what I do want to tell you before you go that the SM
community is one of a million virtual online communities.
In each community you deal with there is going to be
flamers, ignorants, and other baddies bent on the
destruction of you and your new obsession.
Since how would a lil' person like me who isn't known for
beans in the SM community know how it is? Easy. I'm a
traveler. I've been on the internet awhile now, and have
hung around several communities, one being the gymnastics
community, and there are more opinionated people in that
particular community than you can shake a stick at. People
debate and argue about everything from the latest
gymnastics scandal, to the new and revised Code of Points,
to the over scored routines of Svetlana Khorkina (my
favorite gymnast) on floor. I was tired of it all, dang
it! My Svetlana is cool, don't you go insulting her!!
After blowing a gasket at someone for calling my Svetlana
overrated, I decided I had enough of this! So I packed up
my little amount of HTML knowledge and carried a chip in my
shoulder to the virtual SM community, a community that
loves the show starring a Defender of Justice. How could
anything be wrong with that?
Plenty. I found the show at the worst possible time, late
December. At least according to a lot of Lemure files that
is. Anyway, I was shocked at all the flame wars, fighting,
and general absurdity. Elites vs. Newbies? What in
heaven's name was that supposed to mean? Stop image
thieves? Since when were images copyrighted by Naoko,
Bandai, etc YOUR property; hmm? Chibiusa is a little
virus? What the hell? I liked her! I thought she was
With all this messiness, that chip I carried from the
gymnastics community got bigger, and again I felt the
negativity that I did when I was a part of the virtual
gymnastics world. There were flamers, ignorants, and just
To make a long story short, there is no ideal community.
Nothing is ever perfect. There are always going to be a
few losers. That green grass you saw from a
distance may only be Astro Turf.
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