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Aliath

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  1. Sorry, I'm not joining, but is this really ending up in the Scape Lounge of all places? Sorry they kicked you out. :(

     

    There were too few people active for it to be worth keeping.

     

    Really, it's no big deal. We can keep doing what we were doing, and now we have a crowd of sorts too.

     

    Our disappointment was only fueled by nostalgia, really.

    True, although maybe they should just go ahead and merge everything into one forum for activity's sake. :P

     

    @Fatalysm, we've got to defend the graphics area!

     

    The Graphic's Area has too much merit as a forum for that.

     

    There are truly great things in there. :)

     

    I'm really counting on people digging up old RPs I may have skimmed over.


  2. Sorry, I'm not joining, but is this really ending up in the Scape Lounge of all places? Sorry they kicked you out. :(

     

    There were too few people active for it to be worth keeping.

     

    Really, it's no big deal. We can keep doing what we were doing, and now we have a crowd of sorts too.

     

    Our disappointment was only fueled by nostalgia, really.


  3. To reiterate, in case the ridiculous comparaison to mafia comes up: role-playing is, for most of us, a big writing experiment.

     

    We're not playing a game, we're writing. Likewise, mafia is a very interesting social experiment. I'm not trying to detract from it; it's just not what we do.

     

    When I'm RPing, I'm writing. I'm not pretending to be someone else, I'm just writing another character. I'm working with another writer to advance the plot, and help each-other with our writing and creativity. If A Song of Ice and Fire had been written by multiple authors, each assuming exclusive control over one character, would it have any less merit as literature?


  4. Aliath, its as easy as looking at the content button in everyone's personal profile.

     

    Sure, but what about people that are not roleplaying in such theoretical aforementioned roleplay?

    Ummm what? I don't understand the question. What aforementioned roleplay?

     

    He's saying that our stories will be lost to people who would simply like to read them.

     

    At the core, most of us role-play out of love of writing. It's a giant writing exercise for me, not a game. We're writing a story where, generally, one writer writes from the point of view of one character. If A Song of Ice and Fire had been written by multiple authors, each assuming exclusive control over one character, would it have any less merit as literature?


  5. To distinguish it as an RP I suggest a simple "RP" at the start of the topic, along with a statement that says the topics with said title are, in fact, not a forum game, and is actually a role play and not some forum game.

     

    The problem with that is that eventually our stories become lost in a sea of spam.

     

    I enjoyed having a separate forum for role-playing; all of our stories were archived. I regret not saving any of it, most of my first writing was there.


  6. I came back to RP, and realized my worst fear happened when I saw-- well, didn't see, The Role-Player's Room.

     

    However small the role-player community may be, to cater them with simply keeping a subforum that's already there (ie, doing nothing) isn't that big of a deal. The perceived low activity or the 'validity' of the posts there affect no-one but the RPers, don't they?

     

    Click This, what was the name of that website you joined?

     

    Here's your account you made almost exactly a year ago.

     

    And hadn't checked back since, apparently. Thanks!

     

    Can anyone clue me in on what's going on with the role-playing situation here?


  7. I came back to RP, and realized my worst fear happened when I saw-- well, didn't see, The Role-Player's Room.

     

    However small the role-player community may be, to cater them with simply keeping a subforum that's already there (ie, doing nothing) isn't that big of a deal. The perceived low activity or the 'validity' of the posts there affect no-one but the RPers, don't they?

     

    Click This, what was the name of that website you joined? I just noticed your signature.


  8. Normally, I would be critical about gossipmongering or even publically shaming anyone that is in a job or a position where they are required to be controversial to fill that particular area of expertise, but people like this that exploit their position, power and trust to those that rely on them deserves to be subject to the full wrath of the law.

     

    Sure, many boys and girls dream of doing it with some older, experienced person (and boys especially for bragging rights), but come on, doing it is just abuse of everything that teaching is about.

     

    I agree, however I can't help but feel sympathetic towards a woman who now has to deal with the pictures, which will undoubtedly go viral. It's her own fault, I know, but I think the student deserves some form of punishment.

     

    Losing your job and never being able to teach again? Sure. But this goes much further.

    Agreed. She brought this upon herself by having sex with a minor but I do feel bad for her.

     

    It's not so much the consensual sex with a minor that bothers me, but the fact that she was the boy's teacher. It's a very serious breach of ethics, comparable to a psychologist having sex with a patient (comparable, mind you, but arguably a less severe offense.)


  9. Normally, I would be critical about gossipmongering or even publically shaming anyone that is in a job or a position where they are required to be controversial to fill that particular area of expertise, but people like this that exploit their position, power and trust to those that rely on them deserves to be subject to the full wrath of the law.

     

    Sure, many boys and girls dream of doing it with some older, experienced person (and boys especially for bragging rights), but come on, doing it is just abuse of everything that teaching is about.

     

    I agree, however I can't help but feel sympathetic towards a woman who now has to deal with the pictures, which will undoubtedly go viral. It's her own fault, I know, but I think the student deserves some form of punishment.

     

    Losing your job and never being able to teach again? Sure. But this goes much further.


  10. To add to what theking1322 said, I believe hereditary political power of any form is just plain wrong
    Hence, since economic power is ultimately political power, inheritance shouldn't exist...

    Let's not open that can of worms.

    Oh, come on, it's the debate room and you're going to deprive me of an occasion to stir up an epic flame war?

     

    Note to self: add reason #1442 to wage war against theking(heh)1322

     

    A head of state is not the owner of the country.

    It does _represent_ the country, though.

     

    But there's a distinction to be made between representation and private ownership. >.>


  11. To add to what theking1322 said, I believe hereditary political power of any form is just plain wrong
    Hence, since economic power is ultimately political power, inheritance shouldn't exist...

     

    I'm not sure if you're being serious, or if you're arguing against me. I am against private property. Either way, I do take issue with what you just said.

     

    A head of state is not the owner of the country. The Queen is not the owner of Great Britain, it is not her private property. Which, of course, her children won't inherit. Shouldn't inherit.


  12. My opposition to royalty and aristocracy is of an ideological nature but don't really care about the British monarchy in specfic. The idea that there's a group of people with special privileges and power that is inherited rather than granted or earned is to me absurd and I think Britain would be better off if the queen had no power at all, merely for the sake of principle.

     

    As for the monarchy's popular appeal, I really don't give a shizzle. Obsessing over royal weddings and gossip and the like isn't much different from obsessing over celebrities' personal lives.

     

    I agree with you.

     

    The British monarchy, no matter how profitable it may be, is wrong in principle. To add to what theking1322 said, I believe hereditary political power of any form is just plain wrong and the British monarchy represents hundreds of years of oppression and slavery by the British Empire.

     

    It is false that the British monarchy is powerless.

     

     

     

     

    In practice the monarchy is an institution that is not fit for purpose. It is secretive, having recently lobbied successfully to have itself removed entirely from the reaches of our Freedom of Information laws; it lobbies government ministers for improvements to its financial benefits and for its own private agenda; it is hugely costly -- an estimated £202 million a year, enough to pay for thousands of teachers, nurses or police officers at a time of sweeping public spending cuts.

     

    Those powers include considerable patronage -- the ability to appoint bishops, government ministers, heads of public bodies and so on -- as well as the power to go to war, sign treaties and change the law through the little-understood Privy Council. Thanks to the Crown there is almost no limit to the power of our politicians other than those limits they place upon themselves (such as our Human Rights Act, which they have the power to repeal).


  13. By isolating Iran like this we're not making things better. I don't agree with almost all of Iran's foreign and domestic policies, but that's no excuse for what Canada has done. The only way this regime is going to end is if the Iranian people stand up to their government. Diplomacy is a tool for staving off war. Seems to me like America's just looking for an excuse.

     

    Canada, Harper, you disappoint yet again. Vive le Québec libre.

     

    The Iranian people have no real way of doing that. Iran is a developed nation for the most part. It's not like the mostly unarmed populace is going to do much. It's also a faux democracy. The president of Iran may be elected by the people but if he doesn't fall in line with the Islamic council than he doesn't serve.

     

    War with Iran will ravage that country, and the Iranian people will not thank us for it.

     

    This is just us isolating Iran, waiting for an excuse to strike.

     

    Left on their own, they could eventually get what they want. I know a great many of Iranians dislike the regime-- but for every dissident there's a supporter of that government. We can't impose democracy.


  14. This isn't about proving if our society is compassionate or not, it's about not letting some guy who's down on his luck go to bed hungry because he lost his job or has trouble adapting to our very, very harsh way of life.

     

    Our way of life isn't normal. Millions of people just can't adapt, and end up dead or in the streets. It's unnatural and disgusting. You can lose your means of subsistence, health care, etc. just because the company you work for wants to stay "competitive." So let's stop yelling personal responsibility and how the ultra-rich do so much for us.

     

    We all have a responsibility to each-other.

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