I wrote the "Don't be an asshole" rule for the original BWTT that is so hotly debated right now and it really was the most basic, off-the-cuff thing. This always seems to get overblown as ONLY SAY GOOD THINGS, which I don't really get. You can be honest without being a jerk about it. I even said that in the OP: "Please be honest, but don't be rude or make personal attacks", so I am genuinely curious how else this could be interpreted.
I'll go ahead and explain it seeing as how I get boatloads of shitty asshole comments all the time on my videos that irritate me. It's clear that some of my commenters are masturbating in their own smugness; they feel superior pointing out that Jayborino, someone who has created something/grown a following, has made a mistake. While it may be in their subconscious, it's very plain to me when certain comments pretty much only exist to flippantly condescend versus be informative, a conversation starter, or simply observational - all of these could be positive or negative in their content; you can point out a mistake I (or anyone) makes without being a smug asshole about it and I very much appreciate the folks that do it. I could seriously write pages on this topic now after experiencing it so intensely for 3 years.
This really seems like elementary stuff when it comes to social skills, and I feel like an asshole myself overly explaining it. I understand that text simply lacks tonal expression which is where most misunderstandings arise from on forums and within comment chains - and this is probably amplified even moreso with certain folks who struggle in real life with social cues, so I shouldn't be so quick to assume how simple it should be I guess.
My attitude is always accused of being overly nice or trying too hard to be positive but I am not saying you need to be super positive to fulfill this basic requirement. You can still leave an honest, opinionated, 'negative' comment (poor terraining, didn't like this cinematic) and have it still leave a positive impact on the reader. Don't be an asshole!
I'm glad others are willing to continue this. If there are any mods that could get this up on the front page like Moz did, that would be great. I had the original BWTT idea, but it was very reliant on having him sticky posts and change the Front Page Recent Events links. Ultimately, the # of participants dwindled so I think this less frequent format is more beneficial.
I'd like to make videos in the future, but I've been living off of a backlog of videos (besides that retrospective I just made) lately because I've been very busy at work and holiday travel is upcoming.
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