Originally posted by Mister.K.
If memory serves me right, TNF organized TGM contest in which most people participated, gleefully, sportingly and in the spirit of having fun and a gala time. There was a lot of good natured bantering too that went on in that thread. That contest was a huge success. Everyone applauded, appreciated and patted TNF on the back for organizing such a great competition. In fact, Sarina was so inspired that she went ahead and based the creative writing contest on the one TNF organized.
So far so good.
TNF submitted an entry, the theme of which was based on the forum members. Quite OK, a lot of other folks did that as well, except that TNF's entry had references (granted only done in jest, in all innocence) to the word rape and its variations. TNF also had a disclaimer at the very beginning that absolves her of any intentional wrongdoing.
So far so good.
Now, certain members have objections to how the word rape is used. It offends their sensibilities when a vile crime such as rape was used in a facetious way. To them, it is un-cool, especially, when real people (notwithstanding a virtual id) were involved.
Objections have to be respected, if valid.
Sarina asked TNF to amend her story. TNF didn't.
I will repeat that just in case some people skipped reading that part. Sarina asked TNF to amend her story. TNF didn't.
Sarina being the organizer had to respect the wishes of certain members and disqualify the entry. Sarina, the moderator would have to do that too. If I have a problem with a member, I will take it up to the mod and the mod has to take a decision and that decision is final.
Now, all of this is nothing new and has been discussed ad nauseam over another thread.
What I don't understand is why some members have taken it upon themselves "to protect and serve" the interests of TNF even when things have been explained like they were to a 3rd grader, in a calm and composed way with no belligerence whatsoever. TNF was not disqualified, TNF's entry was disqualified. There's a huge difference there.
What I don't understand is how some new members could hit the Like button and/or vote for an entry that has disappeared long ago. I mean, did they do time travel?
What I don't understand is how anybody could vote for an entry whose content disappeared long ago. Do they have an eidetic memory? Are they voting based on what they could recollect now? Can they do a faithful reproduction of at least three paragraphs of what's been originally written?
What I don't understand is how some people could enjoy the adulation and support showered on them when it was their turn but when it is not their turn, turn around and disrupt the proceedings, mock and challenge the authority, insult the spirit in which the other participants have submitted their entries and still feel like they are the victims.
Half of those who voted for Entry #3 did not read the story. From what I hear, PMs have been going around begging for votes and support.
@Bold red- That is the biggest problem here, Mister K, people like playing victim on this forum way too frequently! All they want are buckets and buckets of sympathy. If TNF did not have a problem with her story being disqualified, then what the hell is everyone else's problem!?!