"Pet Peeve / NaNo LJ comm"
10 / 12 / 04
I was going through my userinfo at LJ to see if the flist, comms, or rss feeds needed any cleaning. Which leads to the following rant.
When a single user bumps me off their flist, I really don't mind, let alone care. Tastes change, and it's an individual journal anyway, so I respect that.
However, I do dislike getting knocked off a group simply because the owner or a mod decides at a later date that no, they don't want everyone in the group, just a select few.
(Which is enterly different from deleting a whole group, but that's another story.)
It would be better to make it a closed group from jumpstreet, than have me thinking it's okay, everyone's welcomed. Then turn around because of either a couple of jackasses or just an all around bad day and say, "No, only those I know really well."
I'm not saying what groups have done this, as it's happened more than a couple, and I'm on quite a few comms. But the fact is, its annoying. At the very least, a better reason than "because I want to" should be listed. If it's a particular jackass, let loose the hounds, because they will be fried. If it's a case of no longer wanting the burden of responsibility, I can understand. But something should be said, if for nothing but common courtesy.
::kills overuse of italic tag::
(Now I don't include MLs in this, because to me, MLs operate on a completely different set of principles.)
I know someone's going to say something along the lines of "my group, my choice." Very true, however, I would like to suggest that making the decision about an open or closed group should be done before others invest themselves or membership into it, only to be told that their membership is no longer wanted.
I'd rather not have the choice of joining at all, than to join only to be told I'm not really wanted there. Saves on wasted time. Groups that allow open membership are giving me the choice of what to do with said time. If I decide I no longer wish to be there, that doesn't affect anyone else who wishes to remain. Changing an open group to closed may knock out people who wanted to stay, but don't necessarily know the owner or mod very well. They're there for content, period.
Now, moving right along, I will open a NaNoWriMo LJ comm in the coming days. What's so special about it, considering there's a million and one out? Absolutely nothing. But as this is the first year where quite a few people I know will also join, I would like an easy way for everyone to keep up with everyone else. So to that end, the group will be closed, and the only way in is to know someone already in it. I put it that way because I know there's friends of my friends who would probably want to keep up as well, so I'm hoping that's a viable solution without letting everyone come in. It's tough trying to make a stranger feel welcome, and NaNo is high stress enough. So a closed comm of just friends, be they friends to me or each other. No, I'm not trying to make a clique or sound elitist. (If I were, I'd say only people I know.) It's just another group that well help each other out,
or help each other procrastinate effectively, and can keep up with one another's writing in a more local/centralised manner. There shouldn't be any trolls or idiots coming aboard to seek attention. (I say should, because it seems the little buggers have a way of making it into anywhere.) And this negates the chore of welcoming newbies and trying to make sure they fit in okay. (Because sometimes it is just that, a chore.)
So anyone who wants to join, drop a note here, (at Locuran, to make sure I don't miss it). I'll let you know when it's up and running. Also, any ideas for it (because I suck for making up rules and things) can also be dropped here.
Now, I'm going to recover, because even though I'm now up to walking 12 minutes, it's not easy and I'm teh tired. Oh yes, Domino, Thursday would be fine, so I'll see you then.
Sorry, spammers forced my hand. Comments reviewed before being published.
Comments: 3 winds
I'd be interested in the NaNo comm. when you make it. I'll need all the support I can get this year!
You know I'll be there for the Group, even if mine is going to be on GJ, but in least I can hook up my LJ journal, ne?
Even though I'm not doing NaNo as of right now, I'd like to be added to the feed. I really want to know how you guys are doing!