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This is a user content based website..So some things to think about...

There has been a lot of talk the last couple of days about negativity and positivity regarding PP. I have weighed in on it a couple times, as well as bit my tongue about some things. There are some times where you just have to pick your fight, even when you weren't trying to start a fight in the first place. There are some people who will always be looking for a fight, or will always be wanting the last word. Sometimes the best thing to do is walk away.

But let's face it. This is one true thing that we can, and shoul all agree on. PPis a content based website, that is made up of user content. That's us. Every time we post an article we are adding a little more content to this little corner of the internet world. If we want the website to suceed, and I hope that all of us do. That's why we're here right? I know we are here to write, but in order for us to do well, the website needs to do well- and really they go hand in hand. You can't have one with out the other.

A lot of keeping a website alive, and growing is adding more users to help create more content to help the website grow bigger and reach more people. So when a newbie stumbles acorss our website and sees all the negative posts, complaing about how the owners aren't around as much, or this or that. Do you think that they are going to want to stick around and join us? No, of course not. They won't have any faith in the website, and they will see the negative instead of looking deeper to see all the good stuff that is here.

See, negativity not only affects us, but it affects our growth. If we want to help grow the website we need to try to be positive and show all the great stuff that PP has to offer, instead of focusing on the negative.

I know not everythings perfect, but that's just it. Accept that not everything is going to be perfect. It's not the end of the world. Be happy about being here, show what a great site it is, and people will see that when they visit, instead of negative- and that will encourage them to join- thus helping the website thrive.

Just some thoughts.

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CoralLevang wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:18 PM

lexiconlover You are a very wise, young woman. Are you sure you are a Millennial? emoticon :winking: (of course, I hope you know I am teasing you. We old people can be such "pills," you know.)
I am very proud of you.

lexiconlover wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:25 PM

Thank you! Means a lot. It just kind of came as I wrote.

And I've got an old soul, remember. :P

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:29 PM

Well said my friend. You understand this medium in a way most of us older folks are still trying to get our minds around.

lexiconlover wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:31 PM

Thank you for saying so friend. This is actually one of my favrotie mediums. When done right, it can be a great thing.

CoralLevang wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:37 PM

Speak for yourself, Mr. Davis. I am a young whippersnapper. emoticon :tongue:

CoralLevang wrote on September 5, 2015, 9:38 PM

Yes, dear woman. That you do. emoticon :smile:

SyddyHud wrote on September 5, 2015, 10:11 PM

I have been part of PP for a little over half a year and although during the school year I am unable to read many articles I have noticed that there are not as many negative/super controversial posts. I don't think I have ever seen a full blown out argument on this site (though that doesn't meant it doesn't happen). But I think compared to other sites, the users of this blog seem more respectful and engaged to seeing from other perspectives instead of instantly trying to pick a fight.

morilla wrote on September 5, 2015, 10:18 PM

This is one of the things I meant when I said it becomes a becomes a self-feeding, negative, and, ultimately, destructive downward spiral. That's precisely the reason some sites ban such negative posts/commentary. We all know the axiom that once it's posted on the Internet, it's out there 'forever.' People don't even have to come to the site to find the content as Google creates the links. While everyone has different expectations for a given site, it's unfortunate that anything they deem 'unusual' or impersonal or 'rude' seems to spark rank speculation, rumors, and accusations. Even those who claim to be expressing 'concern' need to understand the difference between such expression and self-defeating gossip based on personal frustration.

The irony is that "management" then ends up in an unfortunate position. If they respond, they encourage the 'behavior' and are often/usually pummeled with more questions, criticisms, etc. If they don't respond, then some take it as 'confirmation' of the speculation and gossip; which leads to more of such content being submitted. Either way, as you indicate, it doesn't take much to throw up a 'red flag' in people's minds when they see it. Most won't have the inherent interest or time to figure out whether it is true or an expression of personal angst or patently false. It takes time and effort to build a good reputation. It takes only one or two allegations (true or not) to destroy all that work.

morilla wrote on September 5, 2015, 10:27 PM

I don't think it's so much 'picking a fight;' though that does seem to happen for some personalities. One of the realities of social media is that it's difficult to convey nuance via the Internet the way you would in a face-to-face conversation. Thus, some with good intentions are often perceived as being something they never were. With that said, bear in mind that many of the 'disagreements' often stem from differing expectations vis a vis the site. Sometimes it's views/earnings and other times it's how someone thinks it should be administered, etc. Either way, I think what's being conveyed is that any personal frustrations about such things should be based on facts, not conjecture, and probably should be expressed more circumspectly.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 5, 2015, 10:42 PM

I agree with you 100 percent. If you are unhappy with the way a site is being run then simply leave it. That way you are not hurting anyone and should be happier yourself. I have only written heavily here and at bubblews. But have tried other sites as they popped up. So far this is my favorite and I dont see that changing anytime soon.

lexiconlover wrote on September 5, 2015, 10:48 PM

I haven't had any complaints being here either. It's a more.laid back website and I love that, and the community is more welcoming and stronger than I felt it ever was a bubblews

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:05 AM

As I did not mention you by name, CoralLevang , you may consider yourself excluded from the group of us whose snapper is not as whippy as it once was.

lexiconlover wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:17 AM

Where exactly does the term whippersnapper come from?

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:04 AM

You just had to ask, knowing I would then go look it up.

'Whipper snappers' were known by various names, all of them derived from the habit of young layabouts of hanging around snapping whips to pass the time. Originally these ne'er-do-wells were known simply, and without any great linguistic imagination, as 'whip snappers'. This term merged with an existing 17th century term for street rogues - 'snipper snappers', to become 'whipper snapper'. Christopher Marlowe mentions 'snipper snapper' in the 1604 edition of The Tragicall History of Doctor Faustus, when referring to a 'hey-pass', which is what street jugglers were known as in Marlowe's day. (

LoudMan wrote on September 8, 2015, 7:26 PM

I have to agree with the point that image is important but, I will never again discourage anyone with a legitimate complaint from saying it