Originally Posted by Mockery
I still don't like it on these forums either though. It's a comedy web site and when so many people have emailed me with complaints about how the forums aren't receptive to new users, it's not exactly a good thing. The old "Newbie Beatdown" used to be far more lighthearted, creative and fun for all. These days, it seems to be more abrasive with the intent to make everybody hate certain newcomers. I usually tell people who've had to put up with that shit to stick to the article and blog discussions since people don't act like dicks in those areas.
'biting the newcomer' isn't just an internet thing, it's perfectly acceptable and widely practiced because it's notorious for its effectiveness. you should stand by it, not encourage noobs to stick around and punish the members.
to put it into perspective, let's say for example, you're meeting the in-laws for the first time, would you expect them to just welcome you into their family graciously? no, of course not. you'd expect them to interrogate you, treat you like garbage, and feel you out a bit. similarly, the i-mockery forum is kind of like this, but in the sense that it is a community and not a family.
i'd understand if it were constant inappropriate trolling, but it's not. i've been around the forum long enough to know that there's not a single regular poster here that is just a tool for the hell of it. it's teasing, never severe harassment, if anyone takes that so personally that they feel the need to leave and complain about it then they shouldn't have joined in the first place. but if they do make it past the "newbie beat-down" then they've become apart of the community, and that's that.
from a business perspective, i get it, the more people that frequent i-mockery the better, but it wouldn't be i-mockery without the quality which is what is important. you should thank the jerks here who keep that in check, not berate them.
if there's something wrong with that here then I seriously misjudged i-mockery and will gladly excuse myself.