||[Jan. 11th, 2009|10:32 pm]
Yay. Dragon Cave got a new server and a bunch of new features. Unfortunately, TJ also decided to make the hatching times random. I don't like the change and I've been participating in one forum thread about it.
Also, there were some changes to the way the RPGA rewards programs work that have a quite a few people upset. I didn't touch that thread with a ten foot pole. (I probably should have avoided the Dragon Cave one too, but...)
What I learned: if forums are going to ban words like "porn" and such, I think they also should ban the word "whining". (This is hyperbole.) I am sick and tired of people characterizing all complaints as "whining". It's derogatory. It's like these people can't understand that you can provide criticism that is delivered in a mature manner.
Secondly, people seem to have this strange idea that if something that you are receiving is free, you have no right at all to complain about it. This even includes the case where (like in the RPGA Rewards system), you were specifically told that you were going to receive something in return for volunteering, and you don't get what you were told you were going to get when the time comes around to receive your 'payment'. Yeah, volunteering should be out of the goodness of one's heart, etc., etc. -- in reality, many organizations that require a large number of volunteers to make the organization work deal with it by shamelessly bribing volunteers with privileges and benefits. (See the Camarilla and the RPGA.)
When it comes down to it, almost nothing is 'free' in a true sense. For example, I view ads by visiting the Dragon Cave server. It is entirely possible (in fact, likely) that the Dragon Cave is making money off of me visiting the site. Also, the owner of the Dragon Cave is a 17-year-old in his final year of high school, which means he's also getting the fringe benefits of a project that'll look great on his college applications. So is it really 'free'?
Even so, in any case, you have the right to complain, and the person providing the service or commodity has the right to ignore you.
Meh. This post is awful. I just needed to rant.