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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Opinion: The Town an obligation?  Reply with quote

Well, as I'm sure you all have noticed, I haven't been around much recently.  Namely, I've checked in mostly on weekends, if even then.  It's kinda like a hiatus, except with a little more attention paid and I don't call it a hiatus.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not that I've lost interest...it's just that I've undergone a bit of a revelation about the Town and my art, the Town especially.

I was making it much too large a priority, and I think that many of the squabbles that I've had with other members are resultant of that.  I found that I was taking the Town too seriously.  I really learned something about us all when conversing with Ms. E, as she stated that she was obligated to continue towning when Soph was over (not to make her come off as anything less than selfless; it was because she didn't want to make people wait)...and, well, I went a bit crazy on her because, frankly, I drew the line at sacrificing personal human contact for the kind over the internet.  She decided eventually in favor of my opinion, possibly for fear of being eaten.

I think that the Town became far too big a part of my life, and honestly I can't say it was entirely healthy for me.  I would say the same about a number of players were it not that it might offend them (as I tend to be wrong in placing my opinions in the noggins of others).

Now, you may all be asking, right now, "Well, what are you going to do about it, NecroPaladin, as the startlingly attractive but nevertheless disconcertingly hypocritical young man that you are?"

And I will answer with a proud, "Good sir," or "My dear," followed by the mere two words:

"Absolutely nothing."

That's because doing something would run directly counter to what I think I should be doing (the aforementioned two words).  I've found that the most enjoyable and stress-free environment for me is when I don't feel like I need to post anything (My apologies to the K.N.A.V.E.S) and when any storylines I'm involved in can go at my own leisurely pace.  The Town should be a game that you can pick up and play, and as much as I bitched and moaned that others move too slowly, there were plenty of other, just as (or nearly as) entertaining things I could be doing, albeit with a different sort of flair to it.  While, say, I would react negatively to someone ignoring a storyline in favor of another storyline, it's another effect entirely when we find ourselves disrespecting people because they just didn't feel like towning.

I'm not going anywhere, Town.  I'm not leaving, or even really taking a break.  But I think that all of us, myself included, shouldn't feel that we need to Town.  No matter how important it is to NecroPaladin that you post for him, it's entirely within your right to say "eff him" and go off to do something that you feel like doing.  I'm really just not important enough for that.

And with that, I bow and jump off my soapbox, possibly lighting something on fire in the process.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

*runs around on fire*
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I agree. I've known this for a long time. Why I'm still here? I'm addicted to Town and I love it.
However, as a lot of people I interact with know- if I don't feel like playing someone or something? I don't do it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, this little revelation....
I think I came upon it myself a few weeks back.
Mildly frightening thought, noticing that I felt the need to post in Town.
Whether it was because I felt I needed to do it for others or because my mind was demanding "Town time".

I didn't really care though....I don't have too many better things to do, save lacrosse and time with friends, which all works itself out rather nicely anyway.
I've got myself to a point where I can pull myself away from Town more, so that's probably good.

Yay for mild addictions.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think to prove to people how addicted they are to this town that we might have a "Day of Silence" on the boards...a day where no one's allowed to post for the day.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm ok about posting, I've pretty frequently gone off and gone and done something else for a time. Keeps the little grey cells moving as the saying goes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I like that Day of Silence idea, actually....
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wukei wrote:
I think to prove to people how addicted they are to this town that we might have a "Day of Silence" on the boards...a day where no one's allowed to post for the day.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wukei wrote:
I think to prove to people how addicted they are to this town that we might have a "Day of Silence" on the boards...a day where no one's allowed to post for the day.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So...if we can get more people willing to do it, maybe we can come up with a date?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It could be any day for me, given my gratuitous midterm studying right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't find it overly hard not to post for a day or so (though it does sort of make me depressed if it's more than a day), it's much, much harder to stay off completely and not even read what goes on (as I'm about to find out, I guess).

So maybe instead of just not posting, we should all go do something else for a day, stay off the forum entirely. Of course, knowing that noone else will be on could make it easier to handle.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just took the time to fully read this, and I must take a moment to step back and look over my Towning experience.

*steps back and looks*

I see something similar to what you're saying, Necro, just not as necessarily as angry. I, too, am addicted to Town and actually get antsy nearly to the point of jittery without it for an extended period of time when I know I could have access to it otherwise (i.e. computer crash, internet malfunction, etc.). And it's starting to worry me.

I thought I originally joined Town to help my mental health by playing out my feelings. But now as a Townie for about a year, I'm realizing that it has become similar to an addiction. Sure I can lead a "normal" life with friends, girlfriends, and family, extracurriculars and whatnot. I do. But I find that I'm always on Town when I can be and I don't understand why. But I'm too lazy to do anything about it. I don't know whether Town is good or bad, an obligation to me or not, and until I figure it out, I'll keep coming back. But I'll also try and gradually limit my time on here as well.

Thank you, Necro, for shining a light on this for me. Or maybe it's just whatever you lit on fire as you left. I don't know.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we need an announcement within the Town forum itself, considering not everyone reads this forum.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why should I be forced to give up the Town for a day because of other people's opinions? I do not object to people choosing not to post anything for a day but I do object to the closing of the forums.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The whole point was to shed light on the fact that people would be unwilling to do this, perhaps due to addiction.

You wouldn't have to, but if anything, you'd simply be showing a lack of control in keeping yourself away, in the eyes of those viewing Town this way.

You wouldn't have to give it up, but it would be recommended.
Besides, I doubt it would be closing the forum, simply a lack of posting/viewing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am against the idea of one day where no one posts, but mainly passivelly.  I post when I have time and am not doing anything else.  If we all don't post on a day when I have a bunch of free time that would be a little sad.  But only a little.  That being said go ahead and do it if you want to I'm sure I can do something else.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

McBish wrote:
I am against the idea of one day where no one posts, but mainly passivelly.  I post when I have time and am not doing anything else.  If we all don't post on a day when I have a bunch of free time that would be a little sad.  But only a little.  That being said go ahead and do it if you want to I'm sure I can do something else.


I agree - I'd be sad to lose an increasingly rare role-playing opportunity, but there's always The Sims 2  Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think that this part of the forum and the chat forum should be left open so people can chat should they have some free time...but people don't feel obligated to post here, they only feel obligated to post in the Town.  We need to prove that it's not so important that it should be top priority in one's life.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that this could be valuable to a lot of us. Certainly, I'll need to wean myself off in the not too distant future, and it will be worth knowing how I fare without being able to post.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think anyone's going to forcibly close the boards. Town will still be there to post in if you want to, but for those who want to participate in the 'day of silence' it might be a nice experiment, to figure out how we really feel about Town, to discover if it's a nice diversion or something a bit closer to an addiction.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hm, I know I just got here (but have been in GitP Town for a little bit), but for me, being able to RP on a regular, consistant (and, yes, all-day if I could) basis is one of the few things in my life that keeps me sane...so, no day of silence for me...(unless, of course, all the people I would want to be interacting with weren't around Sad ).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do many, many days of silence every week.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. I've just come back after a whole month of being internet-free. And I must say that quite a few times, I did feel guilty about not being on Town (especially with Sir Kim and the Conservatory crowd).

And I find myself staying up much later than I should, just to get in some extra RPing before I go to sleep... even if I struggle to get up for important meetings the next day. And I realise that I don't stay up because I'm enjoying it, but because I don't want to let the people I'm Roleplaying with down by stopping earlier.

I think that that's as much of an issue to be discussed here as being addicted to Town, and not something that a 'day of silence' would particularly help. Not to say that it's a bad idea, but to help counter individual addictions, not the supposed obligation felt, and often even pressure put on by other players, to play in Town regularly and frequently.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem ultimately seems to be not "I post because I have to post" but more often "I post because I don't want to let down the others who are posting as well."  

That won't be fixed by a day of silence.  That will only be fixed by saying "Sorry, but I've got important obligations and I need sleep."  I see a flaw in the logic of the day of silence, in that the temptation won't be there because the temptation is to play with others. If no one is playing, there is no temptation.  

I recommend doing as Fenric does and simply setting a time each night whenever deadtime hits.  It'll be hard to stick to at first, but once you get used to it, it'll become easier and people will respect it.


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