I’ve wondered what makes Gather so addictive. I don’t like spending a beautiful day inside on the computer, yet somehow, when I’m in one of my “gather frenzies”, I can’t seem to help myself. Is it the points? Is it the anticipation of responses to one of my articles? Or is it the drama?
Let’s talk about the drama. Whether we’re talking a soap opera or reality TV, it’s the conflict that gets all the attention. If everything were all rosy, it might get a little boring. But when there’s a good ol’ fashioned fight, everyone watches. Almost every time I search for an article that has a lot of comments, it’s full of “drama”. I admit, it can be entertaining, and I’m especially amused by some of the back-and-forth bantering that can ensue.
Much of this conflict is centered around some annoyance about writing or some gather faux pas. Then the person that committed the faux pas will get offended because they feel judged. Then they (or one of their loyal friends) will become defensive and let the fights begin! Here’s an example:
Person A: aith otjaeptha sdjfsjsfd
Person B: Learn to spell!
Person A: djajl;fzsoeut ateuoe aetyhteyh!
Person C: Maybe you just don’t know the secret language, Idiot B!
Person D: I’m with B. Where did all you bird-brains come from? I bet you don’t even listen to NPR!
Person A: NPR esjriatu eEJTO!
Person B: I’m going to flag this as inappropriate content and email all my friends and Gather will kick you off!
Person C: Well I’ll email all MY friends TOO and post to every single group!
Person A: autiu utujioaet hiejsjhJ2i5u7853!!!!
Person D: I’m leaving Gather! This is my LAST post!
Person C: Good riddance!
And, then, of course, everyone will be back on the next day with a similar argument, because, let’s face it…a post of this sort scores points, responses, and drama…the three addictive biggies!
The cat-fights I find somewhat juvenile and I always have great respect for those that can avoid getting defensive when criticized. Being publicly criticized is very hurtful and the typical reaction is to fight back. But I’ve seen a few that have been able to step back and have the class to not digress to a low-class bicker war reminiscent of a Jerry Springer show.
Personally, I find all the fuss about the “unfairness” in the point system ironic since those very articles probably score beaucoup points! When someone posts an article about how bad Gather is, my first reaction is: “Then leave!” I feel the same way when someone complains about their job or their country. Sure, we all need to vent, but whiners get on my nerves. Being a victim never changes anything! Gather is free. Not only that, we get redeemable points for participating in what we enjoy. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. So stop worrying about whether or not the point system is “fair” and just enjoy what’s out here! Ignore the stuff you don’t like and read and comment on the stuff you do like.BTW I’m really tempted to post this to every group and mail all my friends to read it so I can annoy some people and get in on all those “drama-points”…but, I won’t. Still, if I could get a few nasty comments and some cat-fights (especially during these triple point days), I’d really appreciate it.