Isn't anyone going to say something about the huge pink elephant in the middle
of the room?
(I haven't been on Whyville for a few weeks, so someone may
have... wouldn't that be embarrassing for me?)
I am talking about the advertising that has suddenly popped up in Whyville. What
happened to our website being a place without people with (real) products to
push on us? I always liked it that way, a place free from the real world, where
I could spend a few minutes a few times a week.
I know the title of this article is rather harsh, but isn't it true? I think the
"death of an ad-free learning community" started when Whyville stopped being,
well, a learning community. I think that current Whyvillians are way too
concerned with how their virtual character looks, designing face-parts and
getting boyfriends and girlfriends, and so the real meaning of Whyville has been
lost. Some citizens just don't understand that face parts and chat are a
PRIVILEGE, NOT a right.
It is obvious that City Hall and the other founders of Whyville are trying hard
to get us focused back on learning. The raising of Face Factory prices and the
parts-expiration had other reasons too, but I think one of the aims of these
changes was for us to go back and learn something. And it is working, I may add.
I have had more Why-mails from people who want help earning clams than I have
My theory about the advertisements is probably the same as everyone else, that
Whyville needs money. I might be the only person in all of Whyville that wants
the ads gone, but I truly hope not. Let's keep Whyville the way it was. Support
your town, and buy a Why-pass. It is worth the money, don't you think?
This is elzbth02, getting ready to participate in a function at the Greek
Theatre. (Thank you to Whyville for creating those!)