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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2011 06:09:13 AM »

I have to put my two cents in, as always!  Grin

I've been a member for about a year and a half now.  During that time, my FIL suddenly passed away, as well as have had other minor crisis' happen, as does in everyone's life. 

I have had nothing but support during that time, from condolences from people about my FIL, to people sharing their life experiences with me which showed me I was not alone, to making suggestions for things I could do in certain situations that could benefit me.

Did I have to reach out?  Yes.  I am silly and gabby and outspoken.  I post a lot on Craftster.  Sometimes people couldn't be bothered, but that is fine, it's just like in real life.  But I do have to say, that my "Craftster friends" have been there for me, and for that I am grateful.  I have also, I'd like to think, touched the lives of some of the people who have came to me with things they wanted or needed to share.

Luckily, I haven't experienced the "cliquish" behavior that other people have noticed.  But Tero, I did notice you were around a lot more when I first started on Craftster, and then I didn't "see" you around.  I'm glad you're back!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2011 09:56:10 PM »

Well...since we are discussing etiquette....as some folks are aware, I have a unique artistic voice.  So, my life has been filled with folks who don't get me or what I'm trying to express.  Part of the reason I love Craftsters is I have found some peeps who appreciate my outlook on life and such.  I certainly don't expect everyone to "get" it.  But I am frustrated and confussed by people who feel the need to post that something I (or anyone one with a unique view) have made disturbers them or freaks them out.  Especially since I don't do blood guts or gore (even any leather I MIGHT use is recycled from clothing no longer usefull).  And I do not make things to get a reaction out of folks, I make things because I want to.  One discouraging comment can be hard to fight even against many more positive comments.  And I for one feel being labeled odd, weird, or strange, discouraging. If I were to go about pointing out plagiarism, or the normalness of any persons work (I try really hard to not see anyone creative process as boring)  I'm rather sure I would get a response from the mods.  And, yes, I believe people are allowed to have an opinion (which is why I don't feel comfortable deleting peoples posts).  But, for us folk who see things in the world differently then others, it's just one more comment on the pile that can lead us to thinking we don't belong.  I hate to think that some young one out there like me was discorage by...what I can only describe as "rude"...comments.  I would rather get no comments then one person's veiled, cruel opinion.   While I feel "Bambi" was a disturbing movie, I do believe Thumper had it right, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011 04:07:07 AM »

I love your unique view, suereal! When you post something I am always sure 1. it's not something I've seen before, and 2. it will make me smile.

We do try to make Craftster a supportive place, and we do try to moderate comments that are hurtful and consist of nothing but non-constructive criticism. If you (or anyone else!) ever comes across such a post, please hit "report to mods" so we are aware of it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2011 06:27:37 AM »

Wow; you get comments like that?  How rude.  I have been known, on occasion, to say that "it's not really my thing," but in immediate context of "but even though it's something I wouldn't hang in my house [or wear, or whatever] I still think it's pretty awesome." I'm probably one of the most conservative (and boring! lol) people on here, but if I came across something I would describe as "disturbing," my response would be just to not comment.  Why do people feel the need to say everything that ever crosses their minds? 
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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2011 10:27:06 AM »

Thanks rackycoo.  I all ways feel like Lady GaGa said she liked my dress when you comment Grin  And I'll try and remember to do the report button if it comes up again.  That hadn't even occurred to me.

and Thanks A2JC4life.  It doesn't happen often, but I have one of those brains that makes it hard to foreget stuff like that.  I don't find "it's not my thing" type comments annoying or rude at all.  It's nice to get comments from all types of folks.  That's one of the cool things about Craftsters. All the different kinds of people!
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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2011 09:13:27 AM »

Thanks rackycoo.  I all ways feel like Lady GaGa said she liked my dress when you comment Grin  And I'll try and remember to do the report button if it comes up again.  That hadn't even occurred to me.

and Thanks A2JC4life.  It doesn't happen often, but I have one of those brains that makes it hard to foreget stuff like that.  I don't find "it's not my thing" type comments annoying or rude at all.  It's nice to get comments from all types of folks.  That's one of the cool things about Craftsters. All the different kinds of people!
Ahhh, I love your work, it is fun and different and you know how I feel about you and Cosmo~ I have seen some of the comments that have come across when you have done challenges and I want to jump through the screen and just all but smack some as I know how it makes you feel and really who here or anywhere should ever say Wow that creeps me out or disturbing that is just obnoxious IMO! You are one of the most amazing fun crafters and that is why I am just always at ahhh over you! Your one of the best recycle girls here~~ Save the earth one craft at a time Smiley I would love to tell you WHO CARES what shallow or simpletons think but I know personally how much it hurts your feelings and brings you down and makes you feel inadequate! Well sister from another mother YOU ROCK AND your craft style might be different but it in now way is less valuable then someone else here...HAHA Look at the world of real are how many REAL artist do you see that are "normal" there are really not too many and again...WHY BE NORMAL right??? You be you and hahah Create so much more then what you see on the surface you are an amazing crafter!
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« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2011 11:07:32 AM »

That's why I love ya Babsy!  (She's my number one chearleader Grin)
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2011 06:52:54 PM »

That's why I love ya Babsy!  (She's my number one chearleader Grin)
Haha I am a sore one right now Smiley and YES I am always amazed at what some can do with a gum wrapper, a pin and some yarn and some how come up with a door key made of it ( not really but you get the idea)
  Haha I found you a head a few days ago must send her to you so she can me fixed Smiley in to somethign funky and fun she SOOO needs some Suereal love and knives and sanding work  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2011 03:14:15 AM »

...Luckily we have an off-topic board that is a great place to talk with other Craftsters about that type of thing.

Okay, color me blind, but where is this board??
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2011 03:35:33 AM »

And also, because I feel silly posting in this thread totally off-topic myself, even though this is older, I'll throw out my 2 cents as well.

First of all, my own sightings around here have been nothing but positive. It's one of the reasons I really fell instantly in love with this place; everyone posts really nice, uplifting, helpful, supportive, etc comments on everything. I haven't seen anyone say anything rude or discouraging at all, and I think it's fabulous!

Oftentimes on larger boards, there ends up being lots of snarkiness and negative attitudes, because the internet is just so full of it. But I think, because the people who are drawn to sites like this are those who love it and understand everyone else's love & passion for it, these type of crafting sites seem to not really have that same problem. Which is awesome!! Cheesy

Anyhow-
I certainly don't expect everyone to "get" it.  But I am frustrated and confussed by people who feel the need to post that something I (or anyone one with a unique view) have made disturbers them or freaks them out.  ...  One discouraging comment can be hard to fight even against many more positive comments.

I know it can be really hard, especially when it's about something you've made with lots of love & passion with your own two hands, but try not to take those kinds of things to personally. I don't imagine most of those people are trying to be rude, and probably don't realize you are taking it as such, but are just thinking they're sharing their own opinion. Obviously, simply saying "That freaks me out!" is not very constructive, but I guess in the midst of all the various "I love that" comments people are always tossing out, they don't think that a kind of less-positive comment of opinion would be a big deal.

And I for one feel being labeled odd, weird, or strange, discouraging. ...  But, for us folk who see things in the world differently then others, it's just one more comment on the pile that can lead us to thinking we don't belong.
Personally? I label myself all those things; odd, weird, strange, crazy, geeky, nerdy, dorky, quirky, etc. I don't see them as a bad thing at all, and neither should you! No one is "normal," "normal" IS weird! Because even though the word implies it is what everyone is, everyone is actually unique; some people just hide it better/more than others. So instead of being upset by those labels, just embrace them! And/or, instead of being upset by any specific label, politely tell people you don't like labels at all, you and your art are unique, and you don't feel that labels are a positive thing, or whatnot. Smiley
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