BlackOpal wrote:Edit: And girls, they were hardly copycats. There have been clubs on here before, they weren't exclusive though. Anybody can join.
Like the -1000 thread was almost a club for a little while, and there's the Procrastinator's support group and club.
They were just threads that anybody could post on. You weren't the first club, just the first exclusive one.
So please be nice.
I agree with BlackOpal. They were hardly copycats. Little "clubs" [most of them more like random "jokes"] have been around on FG for a long time now, such as:
- The Procrastinators' Support Group and Club
- Just For Girls
- Bored on a Stick
- BOYS ONLY!
- And even the Random Roleplays 1, 2, and 3 in the FanFiction board.
Honestly, we [most of us, at least] love the idea of clubs--they add more fun into the forum!
But why did we suddenly put up some rules regarding clubs? Was there some cause for alarm?
I hate to be melodramatic, but yes, some things have got us all alarmed, to be honest. Those old "clubs" or "jokes" [I called the -1000 movement a joke and still do ] allow absolutely ANYONE to join. As BlackOpal said, you aren't the first club, just the first exclusive one. And yes, you may think that we are overreacting, but this is an issue.
[Please hear us out to the very end first.... Thank you.]
I heard that you guys took down the minimum post requirements for getting accepted into your club [thank you very much for taking it down!], but refusing to accept a member just because s/he did not take the time to get to know you girls better doesn't really suit the spirit of FG. I mean, we can see that you want to make your club more exclusive and I understand where you're coming from, but this isn't what FG is all about. We accept all members with open arms--you don't have to "get to know us first" before you can join.
It pains us to read long discussions on whether or not this girl is fit to join this club based on criterion A, B, or C. It almost resembles real-life cliques. While it is true that not all real-life cliques--and all cliques, in general--are bad [nothing wrong with the cliques, per se], the rejection that comes with the "membership application process" is something that we would like to bring down to a minimum [and completely eliminate], if possible. As I said earlier, this is not what FG is all about.
One of our old members, Lufgif, posted something that sums up what FanGathering is all about:
Lufgif wrote:I think that the whole point of a forum is to be a place without the cliques and exclusive groups of real life. FG=win.
On the same thread called A Tribute, BlackOpal said that:
and we are afraid that this is what we're going to lose if we don't do something. If we didn't place these rules ahead of time, we fear that soon enough, the "higher up posters" are going to have their own little clubs. You guys may not notice it, but it is just safe to act ahead of time. I'm sure you guys don't really mind, right?BlackOpal wrote:The higher up posters don't have their own club
We're doing this because we want to preserve FG's newbie-friendly atmosphere. This is what makes us different from all the other forums, our laidback atmosphere. We just hope that you understand why this is a bit alarming to us.
And if you're still reading up to this point, I hope that you understand what we're getting at, and I am hoping that you'll share our same vision of keeping FG's special atmosphere intact.
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