Thanks to this, some members will loose their faith even more
When people [normal members], or us moot members according to aceman67, are expected to post quality posts with no exceptions of spam and venting, we do so quite well and often, however we do get bored easily, since we don't always want to be bothered about how rdicilous our grammar is, how it doesn't make snese, how a mod misunderstood, got infractions, warning ... you know, everyday stuff.
The chat threads were for for entertainment, and they did worked. One assumption which was true was that they slowed down the forum activity. [Chat threads were part of the forum] and they served their purpose. members played, laughed, had some serious fun.
But it was decided to close down. No one wants to forward mesages to multiple users everytime as a replacement for the chat threads or the clans. Nor is everyone comfortable with the fact that you would have to send even more PM's [made worse by the 60 second waiting period] to other members to catch up-to date.
And hey, it's not hard to get an infraction, too. ^_^ So why do we bother comming to AO?
Not because it's great.
It's because we make friends here.
And friends are essential. Now, after the journals were not made public anymore [for the newbies, there used to be a seperate section/link for people to see journals without bothering to go through profiles ] profile systems were made ... won't go into this one, though.
How are we supposed the have fun here when the competetions are dominated by the experts, henceforth discouraging the newbies in that particular field, or where the RP systems are considered useless by 56% of the members [don't worry Hassun, I surveyed ] and about the rest 20% or so don't enjoy it? Arcades are okay, but we can go to google and search for it, too.
By closing the Clans- wait..
@ Chiefblackhammer: - When you mentioned your clan, I think you forgot to mention that no two clans are the same. My clan, so far, enjoys ours, it's no dull, monotonous place.
We take our feelings out, different from venting, and talk about how their day at work or AO sucked. And we help out! Duh ........
We can't write a poem about this!
My day was shit
And the mods are pissing me off
I get an infraction for nothing
And the members are being totally ignorant!
Oh how I missed the days
Of the ol' fun and games
We used to play
Now all of this feels so gay.
Bear in mind, that this is a just a tip of the iceberg if we are to write poems about how we feel about AO.
Now to the clans: -
By closing the clans, you therefore remove the last opportunity for the members to open up and socialize [rather than posting posts blah blah] and, subsequently seazing the only place for us normies to relax and discuss like humans, rather than proper posting members.
Face it. We might not give a damn about how a member feels yet we give them an occasional advice. You won't see us raving on about our love life in cyber lounge or what should I do or what's happening to me or how AO pissed us off or how we used to have good times or how we met someone we care about. Becase WE KNOW that it is not frequent that someone would see our journals - reason being some of us aren't known much or sometimes the profiles load slowly ... yet in a clan, we feel in a second home. PM's get dull, eventually, nor are we allowed to have a group discussions in a place outside the clans.
Yes, I am outraged, and wait till she sees it
Is this really the end? Geez. AND it's not so hard to fake your way into the dating system as well.
I'll wait to reply more, until someone who opposes me or this post shows up.