Natsuru Springfield wrote:
Okay… where to begin with this one… yeah, I was apart of the April Fools Day clusterfuck. I decided to shoot for the temp title because I had missed the Community Building Contest and the chance to become RandomMans Bitch because of Parent Issues and School Reasons. So I feverishly tried to get 10 entries within those few hours I had (Started late because of timezones), trying to go for quantity over quality per the instructions of the contest.
I was actually just going for the Temporary Title Prize rather than the Permanent title prize, though AmandaB actually threw me a bone via PM and gave me enough materials to make it to the 20 entry mark. Which I managed to pull off with the assistance of Code Exploits. Hurrah! Party! I am either going to get something quite stupid for a title or be called an April Fool! All fun and games right?
… Then the Shitstorm… and the prizes being canceled without any official announcement….
I was later told the following via RandomMan or Bob, I forget who exactly because their faces blend together sometimes: “It was decided that activities not related to the Websites Mission Statement would not be deserving of Special Titles”
Okay, bumbed out that I didn’t get the title and swag bag, but overall understandable and I was willing to be called an April Fool over my sudden greed. I was practicing non-attachment at the time, so I let it go without too much fuss.
About a month or so passes… and Lich/Kurenai got the Marshmellow Title. Okay, what’s up with that? Admin Joke, the title was going to get removed in a few weeks and everyone could calm their tits….
But then a very long string of IRC Users started getting these titles. Taryn, ProffesorCheese, etc etc… and these people have gotten to keep their custom titles seemingly indefinitely. Why? Kurenai explained in an… er, Enraged Rant over a certain topic regarding Ann that he got the title because specifically he was friends with the Admins.
So I will inquire; If you really intend on having custom titles be special to people who contributed to the mission statement of Know Your Meme, then why be lax on people who are friends with the admins? Why should they be recognized on the same level as the people who put an insane level of hard work and dedication into making the website a better place and to reach it’s mission? Is there even a reason to contribute anymore if all we have to do is go party with the bosses of the site inside the Instant Chat, where any conversational contribution you make is instantly lost once everyone has logged off for tonight? Or should all the nonIRCers pack up their bags now and go home? This I would really like to know.
I have actually been avoiding doing anything that could get me a Reward/Badge or Mod Power because of this. It quite seriously killed any motivation I had in being productive on the website. I kinda want an answer so I know what my next course of action will be, which may or may not involve abandoning the place all together.
Now that Amanda is gone, I feel like the amount of people getting custom titles for no reason will go down. She was the only staff member who hung out in IRC and made friends with the other IRC users, so yeah.