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No Tolerance for Being Mean

Posted by Minraed on July 3, 2015 at 6:15 AM

     I would like to take a moment to stress a very important philosophy that we stand by here at Simatography, and this is one of suppport, encouragement and most of all being a safe place to share your creativity.

     Yesterday, one machinima maker who often presents his work to us to view and comment on (presumably hoping for positive comments and support), left a comment on one of our member's SIFF trailer calling it "stupid". This is NOT acceptable behavior.

     For one, being rude and putting down someone's hard work when they are brave enough to create and share is outright MEAN. Why does anyone feel that it is ok to be mean to someone who did nothing to deserve it other than to make a machinima that isn't to your taste? Simatography does not support people who treat others this way.

     Second, I would never attempt to change everyone out there who has ever made a negative comment on one of our SIFF participant's machinima, there sadly will always be those people out there. I am not here to police the world, nor to protect all of the SIFF community like an old mother hen. The point of this is that this person is someone who expects our support as a member of this community, and yet turns around and says such hurtful things to someone else.

     And a final point is that this opinion notice does not include positive feedback. Sometimes when a comment gives good feedback about something that isn't done quite right, or something that could be improved upon or whatever, this can feel hurtful a bit too, but that type of comment is meant to help a person learn and improve. This is totally acceptable.

     So in conclusion, let me be clear that I am committed to upholding the standards by which we have built this community over the past 6 years, and that is that we are one of respect, support, encouragement and safety. If any member or SIFF participant feels that it is acceptable to make hurtful comments on someone else's machinima or other project then that person is not welcome here and will no longer receive support from us.

Please be kind, good karma will come back to you.

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