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Thoughts on the TTT generation crisisThe TTT generation crisis. Or what many proclaim to be the decline of users on this site. Mostly of later and later generations. And honestly, I need to put this out here: all of it is stupid. There's a lot to why I think it's all stupid, but to summarize it in one sentence, well...let's put it this way.
The generation of users you come from doesn't matter.
Maybe you think it does matter so you can make of a better primary example for later gens, but the way I see it, you don't need to make an example for just the users that come around later than you. You should set yourself up well for ALL users around you. That's how you can receive fairer acclaim/criticism.
Now for me personally, I'm not too concerned about what others think of the quality of my content, because it's not necessarily what might appeal to a general internet community. I just make lists here about things that I enjoy, and if someone isn't interested in what I am, big whoop. But for those that are worried about what others think of them, take criticism to heart and use it to help guide you to prosperity.
It's been a common stereotype that all Gen-18 users can't take criticism (which is a ridiculously blatant and poorly backed up statement), and its moments like the Puga/Gen-18 war that leave others gluing that statement to their mind. Well allow me to scrape the glue off and say not all gen-18 users are like that. Heck, if you remove the generation labels then you might find that there have been users earlier that may have acted in these ways.
Anyways, I'm obviously not the only one who's said this. My brother naFrovivuS made a post in response to the list "Why Old Users Are Better Than Current Users" titled " Get Out of the Past," and to summarize it, always looking back at the past and comparing it to the supposed dread of the present isn't helpful to your reputation at all. One point, a point that I've brought up before and I'll do it again, is one that I want to elaborate on: "It doesn't necessarily matter what generation of users you go through, because no matter where or when, there will be that bad side." This is something that stuck with me, and is something that could apply to a lot of different things, particularly internet communities. Maybe if you were on the site long enough you might've remembered a few infamous names earlier than even gen-17 that were condemned for their ridiculous behavior, supposedly worse than how some were like during the Attack on Puga. I'd name them, but I'm not going to point fingers right now.
There's a counterargument that I think some might bring up, and that is "Generations matter in real life." Quite general, but I'll say this: You're on a website with other people of various ages. You'll probably have one user who's 13, another who's 22, and another who's 30. Certainly what generation they were born in matters more than what generation of users on an internet site they had joined in.
To wrap it up, it doesn't matter that you're gen-18, gen-17, gen-13, etc. What matters is the quality of your content and whether or not your actions can make a lasting impression on the users around you. The "gen" you were part of when you joined this site is merely a label, and has no reflection on you as a human being. Don't feel ashamed or proud that you joined later or earlier than others. It's not a big deal, and shouldn't be treated as such.
Uhhh gen-18 is suddenly hating themselves because a dick said so what? - visitor