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Social Acceptance and Community

Postby Bear » Sat May 04, 2013 7:21 pm

Just like my blog post last week, sometimes I enjoy chatting about more serious stuff. Ideally I would 'comic' about it, and perhaps I will one day. I don't want to be too serious; lulz for teh win after all, but I think it is nice to have deeper conversations and considerations~

So! Dave Kelett of Sheldon had made remarks on Twitter today that made me think of last weeks comic and something that has been on my mind a lot lately:
Dave Kelett wrote:It’s a self-selecting audience seeking out like minds in the comics they read, I chuckle when cartoonists say “My readers are jerks”


I was always a bit worried that our comics might be a bit too dark at times and that it might attract mean spirited people. Contrarily, I've long marveled at how well our community gets along with each other and I really hope that it is something we can continue to nurture and grow. I love how open minded and accepting people have been here and I feel excited to see participation in a discussion on a topic that, as the Internet has proven, can be volatile due to passions running deep and people being well informed with strong opinions.

A part of my "Of Pejoratives and Their Impact" post had our community in mind and I wanted to encourage us to remember that even seemingly innocuous things we say can have not-so subtle impacts on people which can break down conversation or make them feel uncomfortable.

I wanted to be a bit proactive in saying this so we can keep it in mind and carry it as central tenet of our forums. I love our community and I want to see it stay positive and welcoming as time goes on; to see conversation that continues to be thoughtful and considerate of others while still allowing for dissenting opinions and varied personalities.

Thanks for being awesome guys!
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Re: Social Acceptance and Community

Postby Fixxxer 117 » Sat May 04, 2013 8:26 pm

This community wouldn't be around if it weren't for you and Pie, so give yourself some credit Bear. I do agree though, this community is very friendly and understanding, something which can't be said for a lot of the internet communities out there. That's the reason that I decided to join.
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Re: Social Acceptance and Community

Postby Farore » Sat May 04, 2013 9:38 pm

We have to be accepting and forgiving. Just this week one of our own attempted to defect to his woodland roots and was rejected by his kind!

More seriously though, along with what Fixxer said I think that the community is the way it is because that's how you and Pie fostered and nurtured it to be.
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Re: Social Acceptance and Community

Postby Adol The Red » Sun May 05, 2013 12:17 am

I was looking for a good forum to be a part of for a long time. I don't do much social networking, but it's nice to have some people to talk to and share things with from time to time. I loved this place from the start (the last forum I was on was Gundam.com), and a huge part of that is the community here. I try to think about the things I say for the very reasons Bear mentioned, though sometimes I later wonder if I should have worded things differently. I try to be clear in my meanings and very forward that though I'm strong in my opinions on certain things I don't expect anyone else to live by them.

And I agree that Bear and Pie deserve a lot of credit for how smoothly this place runs. I can say I've noticed numerous times, when we're speaking on a topic we all feel strongly about, one of them will eventually submit a well thought out and multi-faceted post that I think helps to keep our thoughts open when. I also think that having to wait for a response before being able to join helps a little. If you don't really want to be here, then you probably won't wait, even if it's not that long.

It's so nice to be in a place that runs so smoothly.
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