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PokéCommunity nostalgia post #1 of ∞
PC's a lot nicer than it used to be.
Maybe it's because the average age of a Pokémon fan has increased over time, allowing for a more mature and orderly forum for discussion; maybe it's because of the effectiveness of the staff in weeding out the bad apples and helping the majority with their problems; maybe it's just some weird reverse nostalgia on my part, and really everything is just the same as it ever was. Unlikely...
There's a reason for the unlikeliness of the third option. A few weeks ago, during one of my binges into some of my old posts, and of older PC in general, to try and rejig my crappy, useless memory with regards to this place - seriously, I was a Super Mod for nearly a year and I couldn't remember the name of the S-Mod forum until last week... and that was AFTER Went told me a few days after I came back! - I found a thread I made nearly six years ago in Other Chat, shown below. Take a look for yourself:
You can check out the responses to it at the time here. Reading it back did make me laugh heartily, but what got to me was everyone saying how true it was for PC at the time. After looking at some more posts from that era, I began to agree with these people from five years ago. Mini-modding, which barely exists now, was a massive concern, and loads of thread closures were preceded by phrases like: "This doesn't belong here. Go away n00b! *REPORTS*". Flamewars erupted on a daily basis over the most trivial of issues: the post jokes about Ash/May/Misty stuff, but I swear that would happen intermittently in the animé forums all the time (like a weird version of West Side Story or something!) A complete ban on contentious issues such as abortion, the death penalty homosexuality and the like was in force after the debacle known as the 'T-Dome'. (Seriously, if you think the current level of debate on these subjects is bad, just have a gander at previous OC posts over the years. The new atmosphere's positively tepid by comparison!)
Unmentioned in the post, but tying into the greater theme of the changing times of PC, was the concept of reputation (which I only remember thanks to a conversation with sammi-san). That was probably the most destructive thing about PC at the time. Essentially, if members liked posts you made, they could give you some 'reputation', represented by little green bars near where your username was. A nice idea in theory, with the general idea behind it to encourage better posting my members, but one that soon became corrupted with people forming oligopolies to try and get as many green bars as possible rather than making intelligent and thoughtful posts, creating a very unwelcoming atmosphere over the entire forum.
So... yeah. Most of what's described and mocked above seems to have gone, or has been significantly reduced. I imagine there's still politics, especially amongst the staff, but there's politics everywhere large groups of people meet. If you think PC's bad, then just be glad you're here in 2011 rather than here in 2005. I for one couldn't be happier with the transformation of this place and the evolution* it has gone under.
*Lolz. A Pokémon joke!
P.S. According to my calculator, it would take 424 members and 4 mods to change a light bulb, provided that each member and mod spoke only once.
P.P.S. Not to brag, but a Light Bulb Club was actually started in Other Clubs due to this thread.
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