Saturday, June 7, 2014

Just a little something I wanted to say

Hello, I'm GethN7, administrator of the All The Tropes wiki, and I decided to start this blog because I really miss having a blogging feature on our wiki (which died due to technical issues) and I wanted to vent my spleen.

Today, in-between upgrades to the Orain wiki farm service a troper named Supergod from TV Tropes showed up, made an account, stuck around for ten minutes, made an edit or two, then decided to leave, putting the following message on his user page before departing:

Forget it. This place was a waste of 10 minutes. Found out that one of the main reasons for this site's existence is the fact that some people couldn't bear to not have pages about animated kiddie porn, and I don't want to be involved. It's pretty dead for a wiki that's been around for so long as well.

While I don't begrudge him his opinion and he's welcome back anytime he wants to return, I'd just like to address this message and clear up any misconceptions about our site:

1. Forget it. This place was a waste of 10 minutes. -  Okay, fair enough.

2. Found out that one of the main reasons for this site's existence is the fact that some people couldn't bear to not have pages about animated kiddie porn, and I don't want to be involved. - Either this guy read ED or Something Awful to get his info on us, or he misunderstands why we would have a page on something like "Kodomo No Jikan" (the series those cowards at Something Awful call "The Anime That Must Not Be Named").

Either way, the reason why we aren't censored like TV Tropes is because TV Tropes censored itself to please their advertisers, and we believe (much like Wikipedia) that if we are going to cover all media and the tropes they use, we should not censor ourselves beyond what is legally necessary. We want to entertain and inform, and we feel TV Tropes has diminished it's ability to examine media from a troping perspective by bending over and taking whatever restrictions a third party (advertisers) has enforced on them, hence why we have no ads and we don't remove pages on things like hentai anime just because someone finds that gross.

If it tells a story and its legal to discuss, we see no reason why its merits from a literary perspective cannot and should not be examined.

To be fair, I did check out a lot of what TV Tropes censored, and some of it was quite disturbing and offensive on moral grounds, but none of it is illegal to discuss, hence why we retain the pages for it.

Regardless, if he doesn't want to be involved with a site that allows discussion of that sort of thing, I completely understand and wish him well with whatever he is more comfortable with.

3. It's pretty dead for a wiki that's been around for so long as well.- We started around August 2013, and we don't have nearly as much e-cred as many more well known websites, so yeah, we aren't going to have as much activity. The more users we have = more activity.

Anyway, just thought I'd get that off my chest.

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