Alty and 000 have a point here, but so does Dalekk. Personally I've learned a lot of useful and inspiring stuff from this community, but it seems to me that people have to be very careful with what they post unless they are in the inner circle or otherwise already have a few oldfag friends to defend them if they make a single "mistake" in the way they think.Either that, or they have to have a good sense of humor about themselves and the things they think they believe.
Also, supposing I'm in the "inner circle", I still gotta be damn careful what I post because when I post dumb shit (really dumb shit) people will shit all over me! It's more like an "inner sphincter", in that regard.
Stop dragging facts into a perfectly good rant about the tyrannical "oldfags".
By the way, +10,000 points to Herring Martinique for yet another vicious homophobic slur!
Sorry, should've thought twice before using that.
But is "oldfag" even a pejorative? I don't think it really applies any negative effects to the LGBT people, or anyone else for that matter. Not native speaker, though. (Instead, bisexual myself. I know, perhaps A. I'm just saying I'm bi just because I'm young and it's in
these days etcetc or B. um, a bisexual people can still be homophobic, or
. But yeah, using /b/ slang is probably still a crime vicious enough, so for that part yuor hating is entirely justified.)
We dumped on someone from Finland fairly recently, IIRC, but Finns deserve it, though it explains why Hernia Martinique got all wrapped around the axle.
Do I get to call you racist now? Even if you didn't mean it in that way?
(Yes, I know you hate racists. As much as I hate homophobes. As much as we all hate bigots of all kind. Do you want to keep debating this?)
Also, come on. I was not "ranting" about tyrannical oldspags. This doesn't bother me that much in the end.
Now that Dalekk started this thread, I just felt like putting my 1½ cents in - I pointed out how things seemed to me, not fiercely defending every idiot noob in this place ever or plotting a pinealist revolution or anything. I didn't suggest we should all eternally crap candy cotton unicorns and flowers and try not to hurt each other, and I'm not saying older users won't get shat on if they say something stupid. It's just that noobs very rarely get second chances after that single mistake, while older users are auto-forgiven (okay, there may still be some srs cockfighting between individuals, but at least the whole community won't stop listening to them and keep reminding everyone of the Stupid Shit Once Posted, lest someone be nice to them even if they're clearly Stupid, forever).
In general terms, often the person who speaks seems a lot more important than what is said. This shows in the amount of feedback and support the new users receive, which in turn discourages them from contributing more of their own stuff.