Re: What has the forum become?
It kinda amuses me to see how everyone seems to fail and can't see the relation between himself and the state of the forum. I spoke to so many people here, perhaps more than everyone else in here and far too often something I heard something like "Board, uh, that's just bad. And it became so much worse since I got here." Hilariously enough, it doesn't even matter how long someone is here. Two weeks, two months or two years - Forum is on decline!!1.
But the worst part is, as I asked those people what they wanted to do against that "demise". And in this moment I could almost sense how they were staring at their monitors in disbelief, trying to comprehend what that crazy German guy just wrote. That's right - they never even thought of changing something for the better. Well, nothing except for "let's ban everyone I dislike"...
It seems that the whole concept of doing-instead-of-complaining seems so mind-boggling and overwhelmingly alien for the average INTP that it makes you wonder how they get anything done. Also, it leads to the weird implication that they enjoy the suffering and the squirming in agony. But that's only secondary.
And let's face it - a good forum needs work. Lots of work. If you are trying to write a good posting, it mostly takes a lot of time because it's maybe very long, you do the research very thoroughly or you are just a slow writer. Some people even have the problem that they can't even finish a sentence because they get always distra
Or someone ninjas you which can be quite annoying, I guess that is something we all know too well.
And when you create a new thread you always have the risk that it gets either gets completely ignored or that someone just vomits in there without reading - or worse - without understanding it. Just look how many threads are out there which no one really understood (sometimes including the author) or which got derailed with the very first posting.
Being a good writer requires - you guessed it - hard work, practice and frustration-resistence.
"So", you may ask. "What was this snarky and after all not very funny posting about?"
Don't expect that things just happen. It's awkward that I even have to write that down, I feel bad about that.
If you want that things change, change them - if not, you don't have a right to complain whatsoever.
After all, the board is not an anthropomorphic personification or something like that, which simply means you are the forum and you are at least partially responsible for its state.
"Good evening, gentlemen! Please pay attention. I am a reformed vampire, which is to say, I am a bundle of suppressed instincts held together with spit and coffee. It would be wrong to say that violent, tearing carnage does not come easily to me. It's not tearing your throats out that doesn't come easily to me. Please don't make it any harder."
~Maladict, Monstrous Regiment