Hey this is ShortHart again, hoping this article and its sequels get
published someday! You may be saying to yourself: Sequels? I don't even know what THIS
article is about yet! Well, let me explain. I'm hoping to write a series of
articles explaining how to do certain things in Whyville, such as take a ride in
hot air balloon, design a best selling face part, or raise 1,000 clams!
This first "How To" is How to Write a Great Petition, aka How to Write a Petition
That Will Get Responses!
First: What not to write about:
1) Anything involving dating. Why? Whyville never has supported virtual dating,
so why would they now?
2) Better face parts. You design them, so City Workers really have no say about what
the part looks like. They take parts off the shelves if they don't sell well,
and if you shop around enough, you'll find something worth while!
3) 1,000 (or whatever the amount) clams a day. Ever heard about inflation? If
people start earning more, then prices go up. So you wouldn't be able
to buy more -- you'd just buy the same things with MUCH higher prices. You know that shirt that you
have your eye on, but costs 100 clams? If we all earned 1,000, then it would
cost more than Club Why!
4) No expiring face parts. Don't complain about that, without
giving a better solution, that is. If you can think
of a better way to save server space, go right ahead and write that petition.
Actually, please do! But make sure you know all the reasons City Workers
are expiring parts!
Second: Use correct spelling:
1) Use spell check on a different program. If you can open another page at the
same time, that is.
2) Use a dictionary, if you have one handy. You can find
dictionaries at www.m-w.com and
3) Try using a different word. If you can't decide on the
spelling, find a different word with a similar definition, but easier to spell!
Third: Be polite:
1) Don't swear. Your petition will only get 911 reported, then deleted.
2) Don't insult fellow Whyvillians. Citizens are very likely to focus on that, even
if it's just a few words among lines and lines of writing, and not sign the
petition. No matter how good your petition is otherwise, we don't want to be insulted.
Also, City Hall will look down on it for that.
3) Don't insult City Workers. Same as above applies. Would you agree with
something if it wasn't respectful towards YOU? Even if the idea is excellent,
part of Whyville is about teaching you how to be a productive part of the real world.
4) Be fair to the other side. No matter how much you disagree! Which means
making an argument in your favor without offending or attacking your opponent. This can be
hard, but try, really try. And make a good point. That means, back up your
opinion with good logic. Sometimes that will even change the opinion of your
Hope you take my advice and write a Whyville-changing petition.
Off to eat some more Peanut Butter M&M's! Yum! My favorite!
Still me: ShortHart