Eske Esquire wrote:
If OOT'ers leaving is a side effect of this place getting boring, then I'm okay with it.
Newbie. I spent at least a year here before I was aware that the OOT even existed. The Asylum slowed down so much while the OOT revved on that a whole cartload of bored Asylumnites spent increasing time in the OOT. The Asylum almost died in the water for a while, which is when BT moved over to the OOT, took his Asylum rule-book with him and proceeded to give the admins headaches for well over a year. The admins didn't want to alienate all these Treehousers playing in the Sandpit, and the Sandpitters who had learned to play comfortably by Tree house rules. But they finally realised we were breaching the PG 13+ site rules and tried to drive us all back over to the Asylum.
We'd been indulging in the blackest of humour, adult humour, trolling and flaming in the OOT. BT was just plain flagrantly, publicly sociopathic. We got driven bacl to an Asylum that was supposed to be a space for those purposes... only to find that in our absence the remaining residents had met personally, had kids, and just couldn't bring themselves to troll or flame people they knew personally, and wouldn't carry on creatively in a way that was inappropriate to model for their 5 year olds. Probably just plain tired, now too. They didn't want to make rape jokes and wish each other dead. Which is absolutely splendid, change is good for people, and parents should be responsible people. But sober political and religious discussions, no matter how devisive, are OOT fare if they are conducted without the rape jokss and wishing each other dead, maimed, and tortured in horrible ways.
I'm not saying The Asylum can't be full of serious political and relious discussions. I like them too. But it's lost its old culture of verbal spice and chili. A mass, daily give and take of insults, statements and descriptions of poor taste, ooky things, psychological warfare, flirtations, innuendos, sexual tension, and senseless personal feuds (calling Almalieque, gbaji, et al stupid, racist, intolerant, stubborn, selfish etc is just nothing
compared to the insults that used to fly around).
You reject someone, reject a post, rate them down, then call it done.
It's not done. Where is the flair? The creativity? The side-ways thinking? Where is the weirdness? The edginess? Where is the variety of subject matter, personal style, language style, vocabulary range, and post type? Where is the frivolity and on-purpose empty headed facileness? I'm at such low energy I can barely bring myself to post. I need some people or some one to bounce off. But no-one is bouncing. Or dancing. Or knife fighting. Or molesting. Everyone is on a stroll. Edited, Jan 19th 2012 1:41pm by Aripyanfar