www.whyville.net Mar 7, 2003 Weekly Issue

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Respect Your Elders

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Okay, I don't want to complain here, because I tend to whine and I just read this article that made me feel SO guilty, but I seriously think something should be done. I wanted someone to hear my pleas for help. Help us restore the true balance in Whyville.

Obviously there's a pecking order (even if we aren't horses) so where is it, and how does it go? Should it really go the way it does? No way. I believe it should go, CH, workers, oldies, newer oldies, newbies, new newbies. But doesn't it, you ask? No, in my experience, it goes from CH and workers, to newbies and new newbies, to all us oldies. One simple phrase people:


Clear enough? I hope so.

I hate it when I see people ganging up on someone who is different. I hate even more to be the one ganged up on. I am pretty sure that I am one of the older citizens, and I know I've been logging on since May 28th, 2000, even if it wasn't on BabyPowdr.

I have a different look than certain people: so what? Your point is that I am not the same, and therefore I get to be made fun of? I really think this is a little unjust. Does anyone agree? You laugh because I'm different, but I laugh because you're all the same. I agree that as humans it is sadly our first nature to be prejudiced, and we often judge by appearance, but I am sick of the people who just have to make themselves heard on their prejudices. I don't want to be rude, but they can take those opinions, and... nevermind... I doubt they'll let me say that, even politely.

One particular user has had a tendency to harass me. Well, only a couple of times, but she was pretty rude, and I even have a feeling that whoever she is, she knows me in real life in some way, because she evens knows where I live, which I know I didn't say to her -- I would never tell that to someone I'd only met on the internet. She's not the only one; most everyone is treated horribly by someone else.

I don't want you to not like them, but I think they're "groupies" and we have far too many of them on here. I wish, and I know it is stupid, but I wish that things were like they used to be, with only Akbar's face parts for sale, and that you could chat in certain zones, at certain times... and most of all, that my old friends would come back. I miss the true oldies because they had manners, and they were so kind to me.

It seems that Whyville is more real than it seems, because fashion and style dictates over brains here too. I thought it wasn't s'posed to be that way, but it's something you just can't stop it seems. I want you to know, though, I will never leave because of this. I will stand my ground for the next 2 years, after that, I'll be in University, and I don't think I'll have time for Whyville. Even if I never visit the site then, I will write for the papers, because I love Whyville. I loved it because at first, I fit in. Now I love it because I just do. I love the idea more than anything, and it's better than a habit, I just have to sign in and collect my clams, talk to a few people, play some games, and sign off until the next day.

Lata Daze,


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