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Pseudolonewolf
4 years ago

I might not bother splitting the site...

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: IdeasPlansThe Site
I'm at university at the moment. I've mostly just been keeping to myself for this first week, though I have met a couple of people who I've had interesting conversations with. I've also met the rest of my Game Art class, though I've not yet mentioned this site or the games that I make or anything.

When I *do*, there's a chance that at least one person might investigate my site, and quite frankly it'd be embarrassing if they found a place that exalted sensitivity while decrying certain attitudes that are probably really common amongst most gamer types of people. I don't want to be the source of conflict or ridicule, so I'm wondering whether it's best to split the site at all.

I mean, the main reason I was interested in such a thing in the first place was to draw people to me so then I might find meaningful friendships, but I feel like nothing I ever do will attract the exact kind of people that I'm looking for because of the medium that I'm using to express myself (it's unlikely that these kinds of people would be interested in Flash games), so all the site split would really do would be to fracture the community and create frustration with no real gain.

I still do find the atmosphere of this place highly uncomfortable, and I am less than chuffed about the idea of being surrounded by certain individuals once more, but perhaps rather than splitting the whole site, I could at least have different sections of the forum, and different chatrooms, or something.

If I DON'T split the site though - and it does seem like that might be the best course of action - then I'm unsure whether to keep Fig Hunter, or whether to use the Alora Fane site. Both exist, but they're so *different*... Fig Hunter is darker and probably more likely to appeal to a male 'gamer' sort of crowd, while Alora Fane is softer and gentler and might be more likely to allow a softer and gentler community to grow... I feel like Fig Hunter represents a past that I'm trying to escape from, while Alora Fane is a hopeful future that better suits the direction that my mind has been evolving in, so I might use that site. Maybe. Or a new version of it, anyway. But I'm not yet certain.

If I do make Alora Fane my main site, THIS place will still continue to exist; it just probably won't really be updated anymore. You'll still be able to post and stuff though.

I'm still trying to decide on what to do, anyway. Hopefully I'll have something sorted out soon!
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Pseudolonewolf
4 years ago

More about the site split thing

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: IdeasPlansThe Site
I'd like to say a bit more about what I'm currently trying to do with the site.

I'm making a new version which combines this place with my other, invite-only 'sensitive' site (though the invite-only aspect won't remain). There'll be a separate 'neutral ground' section as well, where you can play and talk about the games, including MARDEK, Clarence, Beast Signer, etc, as well as new ones like DreamQuest and Miasmon. If the games are all you want to talk about, there'd be no need to post anywhere else.

The two community sections would each serve different purposes though. The 'sensitive' one would be for people like me, who find environments full of debate and argument completely toxic. They'd be for people who consider themselves emotionally sensitive, worried about hurting others, and easily wounded. Or something. A place where people like that could find other people like that to be all ~delicate~ with, to wallow in feelings and emotional support. Not people who start an argument at the drop of a hat.

The other side *would not* be some kind of Hell where people who aren't 'good enough' for the sensitive side to be thrown, or anything as ridiculous as that. Instead, I'd be very open to user feedback and suggestions regarding how it works, so then I could possibly build up some ideal community for people who *aren't* naturally empathetic, but still want some stimulating conversations. Civility would be required on this side as well; it just wouldn't have as much as a soft, tender feel to it, so you'd be able to talk about hard topics deeply without feeling like you were walking on eggshells.

The point of this split is because I learned over the years that I simply cannot bear being exposed to certain kinds of people in large quantities. It destroys my motivation to make games. I've been feeling so much better since I distanced myself from what was hurting me, and I need this.

However, I don't want people to feel left out, or to be hurt themselves. I do want to provide what people would want... it's just that I need my own space, too. I won't be neglecting the site and retreating into my own world or anything, but I would feel immensely more capable of making games and stuff if I had my own safe zone which was more attuned to my own personality.

I'm going to be strict about this, I'm afraid. If I don't feel that you belong in the sensitive part of the site, but you post there anyway, I will calmly tell you so and request that you leave. Arguments against this will result in severe punishments; I'm long past the stage where I give people infinite chances. Please don't be one of the people who I have to deal with in this way.

Simply put, I don't want anyone to be hurt. But I don't want to be hurt, either. I have difficulty interacting with certain kinds of people due to being such a ~delicate little flower~, but I still intend to devote a lot of my time and effort, at no cost to you, to make a place that you might be able to feel at home, somewhere you can enjoy and find people like you.

I hope that people can understand this, then we can all be happy.

Oh, and it's not a 'thinky/feely' split or anything. I wrongly thought when I was new to Myers-Briggs that the T/F thing was the cause of all my distress... but it's not like that. It's more a matter of sensitivity/aggression, or 'agreeableness'.

There's another test that you can take that gives some indication of agreeableness. It's this thing: ∞ LINK ∞
You'll get a result of five letters; mine's RLOAI, for example. If your fourth letter is an A, then perhaps you'd be suitable for the sensitive part. If it's an E, then perhaps not. Neither is 'good' or 'bad'; they're just different, and I hope that people can understand this.
That's not the only factor, of course; many things would affect your suitability. Hating conflict would be the main thing that would unify us on that side.

Anyway, I'm working on this currently, though I don't know how long it'll take to finish.
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Pseudolonewolf
4 years ago

I STILL EXIST

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: IdeasPersonalPersonalityPlansThe Site
HELLO THERE. It's been a while since I last updated this thing, I realise!

I've been busy planning and mentally preparing myself for university, which will be a big, massive, huge, enormous change to my life because I've spent the last five or six years effectively living under a rock, hiding away from the real world. I'll be involving myself in a whole community full of strangers, and it's both terrifying and exciting.

It's an art-based university in a nice little town, and in many ways it seems ideal. I'm going to be doing a Video Game Art course, but I'm more interested in meeting people I might have some kind of emotional bond with. People 'like me' in terms of ethics, values, etc. It'd be nice to have real life friends for the first time in years. Maybe I can even find love!!!1

I've not made much game-related progress because of all that, but I'm hoping to change that soon. This big life change is sure to give me the boost that I need, and it'll renew my creativity and motivation and allow me to make games as I once did. I hope!!



ACTUALLY, there is something that I want to talk about relating to this site. I can't remember if I've already talked about it before, but I'll do so now anyway because it's important.

I've already made it clear that this site has an atmosphere that causes me distress, due to personality clashes and such. I've also talked about how I've been making another site to rectify the situation. But it seems like something that might cause yet more conflict, or it might make some people feel neglected, etc. (Hmm, I'm sure I've talked about this before... Oh well.)

The other site is mainly designed for ~sensitive~ types like me. People who dislike bluntness, force, aggression, tactlessness, insensitivity, argument, conflict, and so on and so forth. A place where you can talk about deeper feelings and get empathy and understanding rather than cold debates or criticism.

I'm aware that that's not the kind of place where many Fig Hunter regulars would belong.

BUT I also don't want to have some kind of 'private club' feel, making everyone else feel left out, because I can see that leading to lots of trouble.

However, a problem is that the games that are made for that other site are directly linked to it, meaning that you sort of have to have an account over there to play them. This is less than ideal, because it means that many members will join but might feel unwelcome. Or THEY might not feel any discomfort about joining, but the intended audience might not prefer their company.

Ideally, I'd like Fig Hunter to be the sort of place where people comfortable with debate and 'intelligent discussion' can come without worrying about stepping on sensitive peoples' feelings, while the other site will be for those more delicate flowers like myself.

However, the games themselves might be in a separate place, a kind of central hub, where members from both communities can access them. That means that effectively, accounts would be shared between the two different websites... or rather, Fig Hunter, the other place, and the games would each be subsections of one main site.

Maybe you'd be able to specify your 'allegiance' by having the icon of your preferred site alongside your username (optionally). I don't really want to create an 'us vs them' mentality, but it could be a way of showing your preferences or something.

Each portion of the site would have its own forum sections, while the gaming place in the centre would have its own forum too, specifically about the games. Maybe.

Issues arise, however! Currently, both sites exist, and both have accounts which have activity and memories linked to them. The EASIEST way to go about this triune site concept would be to require people from both sites to make entirely new accounts... but I can see that being met with opposition. It'd be a fresh start, I suppose, but maybe TOO fresh? I'm unsure how to merge the two databases safely, otherwise.

Anyway, it's still just an idea at this point.



OTHER THAN THAT, I've discovered yet another personality type thing that seems as valuable and useful to me as Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram. It's called Socionics! While Myers-Briggs covers how you process information, and the enneagram covers your drives and fears, socionics covers how you interact with others. What kinds of things you like to talk about, how you assert yourself, what gives you social confidence and satisfaction, etc.

My type is apparently EII, which is an 'ethical intuitive introvert'. If for whatever reason you're interested in learning more about me, ∞ this thing ∞ is a really, really accurate description and it fits me like a glove!

If you're curious about your own type, there's a ∞ test ∞ on that site, though you shouldn't rely on it too much. If you get something like EII, for example, maybe you're IEI instead (which is very different). So it's best to read the full descriptions before deciding.

Me being an EII explains a whole lot about things I've written extensively about in the past. It explains what I want to do with my other site, and the kinds of subjects I like to talk about. I feel like I've learned a lot from it!

So yes. Socionics. I bet that's totally as exciting a present as a new game, right? Surely.
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