It has been nearly a month since the old site went cold, and with it the best community (in my opinion) on the Forums. I have missed it so much, and the time for waiting has passed. Since I am now able to post new topics in General, we're going to start the OCC again, born out of the ashes of the Level 20 forum and born to fly on in the Roosterteeth v2.0 environment.
What is The Oxford Comma Cafe, you may ask?
Well simply put, it is a message board. As younger generations have plodded onto the online scene, there has been a steady change in the way people interact on the web. Following in the vein of Twitter and hashtags, sentence structure and complete thoughts have been set aside for simpler, incomplete, more immediate communication. Even here on the forum, ideas are treated as finite, spur of the moment disposable things, much like a chat room where the object is 'hanging out,' but not necessarily saying anything.
A message board is more permanent. It is understood that once you post something, it stays. Message boards can be archived, and researched. They can be reviewed. They're a record of the past, and stand as a testament to the culture of the group who uses it. In many boards, users are asked to review and lurk to 'figure it out.' It is a place for conversation and for community. It is a place to have thoughts.
We don't have a lot of rules; we talk about anything and everything, but the one thing that we strongly discourage is shotgun posting and incomplete thoughts. The purpose is not to have the most posts or to ping the page to the top; it is to have discussions, and to get to know each other. We also ask that you make an attempt at sentences. As this posts shows, I'm not an English major, and we're not going to get all snooty about grammar; but ple4s dnt rite liek th1z.
Also, We are all human beings, and as such the opinions that we hold and the way we talk about them are sometimes…messy. Our passions, our politics, and our convictions can create friction and it can become easy to step on each other’s metaphorical toes. We need to understand that the opinions that are expressed won’t always be popular and sometimes be controversial and even offensive. We’re not going to agree on everything, and honestly, we’re not always going to respect the opinions each other have. But I implore you to respect the person themselves. No one should be made to feel unwelcome, unwanted, or like they shouldn’t post in the community. Consider the following guidelines before posting:
- Think about your delivery. Opinions will differ, however conflict can be avoided by considering the way opinions are presented. Being mindful of how you state your position shows people you disagree with that you value them and care enough to phrase your position considering them as well.
- Consider letting some things go. Sometimes things can’t help but be controversial. If you know something you hold to really bothers another person, consider if the cost for discussing your position outweighs the reward from having other people read it. This does NOT mean don’t be controversial or state that you hold an opinion that differs from others, but rather weigh the cost. Sometimes it’s not worth it to win an argument.
- Remember we are a Community of people, not a Chess Board. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t like a little fight now and then; but not every conversation has to be something that causes conflict. Choose wisely when to have those interactions, taking into consideration that there are always other things to talk about.
- If you have a problem, ask a Consular. There may be times when someone has written something inappropriate. We have discussed this, and while we completely respect the right to go to the person that offended you, we ask that you reach out and talk to a Consular before you do. First, we know how uncomfortable conflict can be, but we also want to be able to provide perspective to an issue. If someone is posting things on the form that shouldn’t be posted, or is being inappropriate, please let us help. We can help mediate any issues privately and respectfully. The last thing we want is embarrassment and hurt feelings. Consulars are noted in the OCC Keeper Roster below.
Finally, if you're interested, we have a group; Please take a moment to join if interested. There's not a lot of functionality in groups at this point, but I'm hoping that when Adam gets things working right, we'll have more things to do there. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to interacting with you.
Edit- I have been terribly influenced by procedural writing: so much passive voice above.
For new people, Keepers are members of the OCC who have both been sacrificed into our loyal order and also contribute regularly. If you want to be added, want to nominate someone to be added, or want to be removed, please let me know. Please note, removal from the list also comes with the removal of your right pinky toe. While it shouldn't affect you in every day life, you will always know its missing, thus what the symbology is there.