Yuki June 7, 2015 Share June 7, 2015 I've been around here for over a year, but only got very involved in this place a few months ago. I wrote a guide, started helping out some new people, and tried to push for and help out with some changes that were needed in this community. There was a project to improve the tulpa.info home page, but after a few months of effort with me driving the project, only two pages got changed. The current state of .info forums is pretty awful. Nothing new happens on the website, no research is done to learn more about this phenomenon. Just look at the state of the guide submission forum; barely anything ever gets posted to it anymore, and the GAT are practically out of work, the poor guys. The research board is dead, and all that happens here is that newbies ask questions and then leave, with some people keeping progress reports and playing forum games. Hardly the scientific hub regarding the tulpa phenomenon that we could be. The IRC channels are arguably worse than the forums. The environment is toxic to all, with a major problem existing in the form of blatant attention and drama whores, along with people who don't take tulpas as a phenomenon seriously at all, or seem incapable of it. This can be improved with active moderation, as well as staff and users steering the place towards being more serious and constructive, without accepting the rampant idiocy that currently thrives there. As of now, the staff only acts to remove members that are explicitly hostile, rather than addressing the greater problem of people only here for attention being able to fester unchallenged. I'll write down the major issues I see with this community, and what I think would be suitable steps to improve things. Just maybe, if the community speaks out for itself, things can change for the better. Otherwise, we'll be left watching this place regress more and more, until tulpa.info will be even more indistinguishable from any role playing community. The major issues as I see them. -Staff lethargy -Overacceptance -Dilution of information -Brain drain Staff lethargy is arguably the worst of the problems we have here, and if that doesn't change, I don't see anything working out with this place. The staff of .info is inactive and not engaged with the community. Back when I started trying to help out with the front page issues, Kiah, who was then just a moderator, told me he had been doing nearly all staff work by himself for several months. To make any changes, he would have to make all the efforts himself, and things would take forever to be handled. Pleeb, the owner of this website, told me the same; the staff aren't interested in doing anything on here if you don't constantly bother them and engage them. I found the same thing happening with the front page changes. It took between a week and two weeks to get people to proof read texts, and meetings with the staff to redesign the front page were a month apart because people were impossible to even reach, or permanently unavailable. None of the staff made any proactive efforts during the process, and all the texts were written by outside members. Some of the staff never even concerned themselves with the process at all, and in the end we're left with a half-hearted set of changes. In the end, nothing was left of an ambitious plan to make a comprehensive starting hub for new users to learn about tulpas, and we're left with these three pages. Some staff members barely ever come onto the forums or IRC and care nothing for this website. This place needs staff members who are willing and able to put in more than an hour a week into this place, and are willing to put in work to change .info for the better. You can't just sit around and ban people occasionally as a staff member, you should be the driving force behind site improvement. I haven't seen this at all in the current lineup of staff members. The staff will add some new members to it in the near future, but I fear that if nothing about their attitude towards this place changes, things will be the same, with just more people doing nothing. Staff, you need to engage with the community, you need to put in work to make changes, together, and remove everyone from your group who isn't willing or able to do this. Otherwise, you're doing this place a disservice. The current attitude has driven away productive members in the past, and is currently doing the same. Be active, be involved, or pass the baton to people who do want this place to improve and prosper. Overacceptance is a recurring problem. People come in here with all kinds of opinions and attitudes, and some of them do not mesh with a reasonable, logical forum culture. People who come here for attention or to stir up shit should never be welcomed or accepted, and yet this happens. In other communities, trolls and attention whores get banned, but in this place, for some reason, everyone's feelings are more important to protect than the state of the forum itself. If I see people posting long dramatic rants about tulpas being malicious and evil, and other nonsense like that, I wonder why these people are even allowed to be here. Why do we, as a community, accept this? Surely we can be reasonable about it, but why should we have to cater to those who are only here for a big dramatic show, attention or out of boredom? We want people here who want to learn and work on themselves and improve as people through creating tulpas instead, right? I want to see the members of this community saying NO to drama whores, and shun them. I want to see the staff remove them from the community, not give them half-hearted warnings and let their bullshit continue. We should make this place respectable and reasonably serious where it needs to be, not have this be a children's playground. You cannot cater to everyone, so you'll either have to hurt the feelings of people who lower the quality of this place, or drive away those who might actually be productive members. Currently the latter of those things is the choice that is passively being made. Dilution of information is something that happens if everyone is able to give their opinions unchallenged. This is very problematic when it comes to a subjective phenomenon such as this. While dogmatically pushing for one set of beliefs as the truth is not what should be done, this place needs a push towards quality. Tulpas can be a wonderful tool for self-improvement and making your life better and happier, but this potential meaning of the phenomenon is often lost. There should be a focus on this, and we as a community should start stressing that making a tulpa is a long term, personal project if you choose to get into it, one where you can learn about yourself and grow as a person. Regarding the nature of tulpas, we should not accept everyone's baseless opinions, and we should call people out on bullshit when we see it, especially if it is said as if it's the objective truth. An agnostic yet critical approach is one we need to collectively take on. We cannot accept both blind acceptance of opinions, nor blind skepticism. Blind opinions and people who state things yet can't defend them must be shunned and rejected. One other thing is the problem we have with terminology being all over the place. Ask 10 people what switching is and you'll get a lot of different answers. We need some kind of uniformity in terms. It doesn't help when people start using multiplicity terms interchangeably with the ones we use here, without explanation. Perhaps something like having set definitions for terms, where hovering over an instance of the word gives you the accepted definition will help. Would it be possible to implement something like that? Being on the same page when discussing things is very important for this community, or any other. Brain drain is a phenomenon where expertise leaves a community. In this one, we have a steady influx of newer members, and a steady drain of the existing members. People don't stick around in this place, and that's because they aren't sufficiently engaged. I think that we need projects to keep the older members coming back. They are the ones this community should cater to mostly, to preserve their experience and knowledge and keep it here. One idea that came up in the front page redesign meetings was monthly community projects, where people would be encouraged to collectively work on a certain topic like visualization or communication with their tulpa, and to encourage sharing stories, collectively writing guides, and more. If we can engage more people, get them to work on themselves and the quality of this forum at the same time, we will create a stronger and more unified community. I'd be happy to lead such a project if people are interested, shoot me a PM about it if you would like to help make it happen. I would like to see this place improve, if only because I think tulpas as a phenomenon have so much potential to help people and improve their lives. I don't like this place as it is, and very few of the older members or the staff do, either. That can change, if we do something about it. We'd need to make some changes that will take effort and might be painful to some, but otherwise we can only look as this place descends into something that won't help anyone, and only serves as escapism for lonely teens. I'd be happy to defend any and all of the points I made in this post, if you disagree. If you do agree, I'd like you to voice your opinion. Together we can make changes happen, not with one angry member posting at a time. Feel free to ask me anything. Suffering is self-imposed. Don't let it control you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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