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Well it seems there are very few reasons to get on NG anymore ... I never really play the games, the movies are uninspired, better music and art can be found elsewhere ... but even the most entertaining part of the site (BBS) is just dull, repetitious, and mindless. If it isn't a thread about sex, depression, or angst, it's a circlejerk.
And I don't mean anything bad towards the mods and older regulars, but it really seems like the forum is a place for a handful of people to throw inside jokes around without including newer users ... sometimes even stigmatizing them. It's gotten to the point where I can predict what a thread will be about and who will post in it just based on the OP's name. I get it, NG was started as a small community and that is perhaps its destiny. I just don't like seeing the same 10-20 people argue about the same thing every week. Why not include a newbie into the discussion? Where are the opinions we haven't heard yet?
The problem is NG was centralized around the idea that the older your account, the more valid your opinion. This is paired with the rigorous leveling system which MOST people would be discouraged from. Think about it. Why would someone new to the site want to spend months in order to be listened to in the forum? And perhaps after the redesign, the cliques really began to stick out - and I know because I was a part of them.
This is the community now. It's like a highschool:
1. Mods & friends of Mods who communicate only with each other. (preps)
2. Sex/Porn addicts who post for the sake of posting. (nerds)
3. Depressed teenagers who complain and expect the above two to care about them. (emos/goths)
4. People who post to make their dick feel bigger *cough* Politics. (jocks)
5. The rest who are occasionally online but ignored by everyone. (riff raff)
Given how much I hated high school until senior year, I guess it makes sense why I haven't been on as lately xD.
The reason I joined NG was because the forum was fun and entertaining ... sometimes challenging. But it's not fun anymore and everyone acts like idiots. So that and the fact that most of my friends have either left or become inactive have led me to decide I will be going dark until further notice!
I'm not telling anyone else to leave. If you're having fun, cool! More power to you :) I just don't find the site appealing anymore, and if you feel the same, you should leave too. Just a suggestion. There are PLENTY of communities I've found online that are more receiving of people and are more diverse in users ... as in they have *cough* other females *cough* and actual adults. I can only take so much anarchy and lack of morals for so long :(
To contact me, you can send a friend request to RadicalJane @ Skype (tell me your NG name or I won't add you), and from there whatever else. If you don't have Skype, send me a PM.