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Green Room - Week 2 - Day 5

The deadline for both the main competition and Second Chance Idol is TONIGHT at 9pm EDT. Why am I bringing this up? Because it's something you should know.

What is something else you should know?

I read something the other night - on fb from someone else of my acquaintance, that you should definitely know. File it away in your "feeding and care of your moderators". I use the plural, because despite the fact that it doesn't make much sense, apparently there are "other groups" out there that focus on a variety of subject matters. Some of you might even "belong" to them. Obviously, these are inferior groups and not really worth your time or attention. But since you insist on being in them, there is something that I should share with you.

The post in question was about how the moderator of said group was a horrible person, who was accusing them of all kinds of awful things and probably just jealous of them, using their "god-like mod powers" to oppress people.

What happened? After being told - for the sixth time - to stop spamming the community with links to her website, the comments were deleted and she was called out on it. Granted, I probably wouldn't have handled it that way. But guess what? If you know you're not supposed to be posting links to your blog or otherwise outside groups, it's not "adding to the conversation" to be posting links to where you said something you think is particularly witty. You are spamming the community. The mod might be a power-mad asshat. But that is just a coincidence.

I'm fortunate, in that people don't tend to break the rules around here. Probably due to the fear that I inspire, and the explosive devices that I have attached under your bed.

But I'm constantly seeing things like this from people in these "other groups". Where someone goes off on "this horrible mod" who did this or that - and sometimes they *are* idiots who did something stupid. They usually end up paying for that mistake in the long run.

That would never happen to me, of course. See also: those explosives under your bed.

So, just consider this POV the next time you see a rant about a "horrible mod", that *perhaps* that's the issue and perhaps the problem is that the person complaining doesn't think that the rules should apply to them.

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mezzogiorno
May. 27th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
FIRST! :D
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mezzogiorno
May. 27th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I have a sudden urge to infuse the Green Room with various random links to beautiful and amazing things.

My entry is not going well. I had a grandiose idea at the beginning of the week which has slowly fallen through, and I'm left with no inspiration.
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kajel
May. 27th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yay, a GR to lose more time in! Even though it is Memorial day, the hubby has to work, so it is just a normal day around here.
n3m3sis43
May. 27th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Considering the number of times I've been called a horrible person, I'd never buy the "horrible mod" thing without real evidence.

My post is written, has been betaed by a couple awesome folk and I'm in the process of tweaking it now. Hope y'all are having a good day!
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alycewilson
May. 27th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Did you violate the roommate agreement?
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alycewilson
May. 27th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think there's this mistaken assumption that, just because it's online, there are no rules. But the truth is, if you choose to participate in ANY form of organized group, you shouldn't be surprised when there are conventions and expectations for how you're to behave within that group.

For example, when I was in the Penn State Monty Python Society in college, we regularly participated in anarchic, silly behavior -- within certain parameters. However, if anyone ever stepped outside the lines -- such as made an offensive personal remark (didn't happen often, but it did happen once or twice), they were taken to task for it. I don't remember all the details, but there was an instance when I was the president where I had to take somebody out in the hallway and inform them that they needed to correct their behavior or be asked to leave! So even the most anarcho-silly group can have rules of behavior that should be obeyed.
mezzogiorno
May. 27th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
That's exactly it, or one of my favourites "It's just the Internet" when people get legitimately upset or try to tell them off for rule breaking.
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xo_kizzy_xo
May. 27th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Argh, my entry is giving me headaches. It's been rewritten twice as of right now, and I am so mentally overloaded it isn't funny :p

Why do I paint myself into corners?
roina_arwen
May. 27th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
If you want a beta feel free to email me. I will be reading on my iPhone but sometimes a fresh perspective is helpful!
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medleymisty
May. 27th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
You're definitely NOT a horrible mod.

Sounds like the people who think that they should be able to troll however much they want to because of the First Amendment.

So my fiction fell completely apart, so I guess I can tell you guys what it was going to be about now. Or...maybe not! Maybe I can still salvage the idea for a prompt later in the season.

I got started on it, and I got 300 words into it, and I realized that it was all wrong. It was supposed to be absurd and silly, but it was totally sounding like a Seth style story. All serious and literary.

I realized this at about 1 a.m. this morning.

So, knowing that I didn't have time to start over and that I wasn't in the mood to write absurd silliness anyway, I wrote non-fiction from a very Seth-y state of mind. It was scary. It triggered me. I found myself sitting here breathing fast, my heart rate up, and the ulcer scarring starting to hurt a tiny bit.

I'm going to guess that was a good sign.

*jumps on the non-fiction bandwagon this week, bleeds all over it*
ashgaelsonaria
May. 27th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
The people who think they can troll all over as much as they like because of the 5th amendment are almost as annoying as the ones who think the 5th amendment gives them the right to put anything on the net no mater who wrote, composed, created or recorded it without permission.
Pirating is not protected - its illegal.
You have the right to post your words not somebody else's.
i_love_freddie
May. 27th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if my entry is going to be written or not. Very bad week - been suicidal for a while, am exhausted, have a deadline for a 1500 word essay due tomorrow that I haven't even started typing up, and then a deadline for Thursday for a case study that I don't even know how to start.

Did I mention that I am exhausted? Also I need a hug.
medleymisty
May. 27th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
*gives you all possible hugs in all possible multiverses*
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cacophonesque
May. 27th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
Working on my entry, still. Not going quite as well as I was hoping--but I'm a trooper and know I'll get done what needs to be done.

Went to a Memorial Day parade with the toddler this morning. She was very enthusiastic about seeing flags--especially the big ones that the vets and fire fighters carry.

Also went for a walk to the beach since the weather is finally beautiful again (instead of cold and rainy).

Looking forward to toddler naptime so I can get some time to myself for reading, writing, watching, and relaxing.
theun4givables
May. 27th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I am pestering my lovely wife to get her entry in. And our friend Emily to also get her entry in. I am that annoying, nagging voice to them both right now and I'm sure they wanna smack me. xD

I am in the middle of a massive story-vomit episode because it's like all of these silly questions I didn't realize I needed answers to and now here I go with changing character motivations and who wants to do what and how their attitudes affect their choices etc etc etc.

Seriously poor anyone who lets me ramble about my books because dude, I can't stop right now.
ashgaelsonaria
May. 27th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
Eh.
I don't generally have problems within any "communities"
Being a generally unsocial person I have had only minor issues and with one exception (wtfhumans) they have been with indeviduals and were easily handled. (I ignore the User and blocked them - only done twice)
Tho I did have one person have a fit about an outfit in one of my icons so I do not use it in that group.
roina_arwen
May. 27th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not involved in a whole lot of communities so I don't typically have a mod issue, especially if I remember to check my bed for errant bombs, lol!

We saw The Sound of Music on stage last night, the lead was excellent and the kids were adorable! We have just been out shopping at Jungle Jim's and are now heading out to a late lunch at La Rosa's pizzeria.
kajel
May. 27th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Just booked a few nights at the beach for mid June. I am excited to run away for a few days.
anyonesghost
May. 27th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
I highly encourage running away. Especially when the beach is involved!
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sarcasmoqueen
May. 27th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
wow, my entry did not go at all the way I was expecting it to. that was torturous. Amazing how you start with one idea and then it ends up going a completely different way, isn't it? And although it's a fairly short entry, it could have been so much longer! I may work on making it something "more" at a later date when it's NOT for a competition where people maybe don't have the time to read a novel...
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