Hi duders! I saved up some words to share. There's a funny bit in the middle.
One of the things I miss the most about the old Quest system (my condolences if that was before your time with the site) is how the quests were expertly designed to promote community interaction. Praise be to Coonce.
I remember there was this one duder dedicated to giving your profile thousands of views on request for the achievement. (I forget the exact number, I'm sure he had to use a script.) But we still had all these people on his post chatting away, and wanting to help grinding these bonkers achievements. It was a lot of fun, and many silly times were had. Easily the highlight of my Whiskey days.
And people followed the hell out of each other.
Now we don't seem to do that. That should change.
Hover over any moderator icon and you'll see tens of thousands of followers, because it's automatic to the system on every new account. Hover over the average active user, posting regularly, with insightful, empassioned comments, and sustained contributions to blogs, wiki and reviews... and maybe they'll be over 50 followers. That's bullshit.
I'm not even at 200 anymore, and I take notice when I see people with more than that. I have more followers than most of the top posters in General!?! O_o Also bullshit. We the users need to take back the night from these 1% fatcat mods, and start loving each other again, man. Totally. Your updates feed doesn't need to stay pristine. Let the content come to you. Let it flow.
BUT WAIT... don't go on a clicking spree yet.
Follow someone because you mean it. They made you laugh more than most, or you spent 30 minutes on a furious reply because they're just so wrong about everything, but that's kinda cool of them to make you pull out the big words too. Look at someone you already follow and see who they follow. Everyone I follow contributed something to the site I valued. Curated lists right there! Awesome background image that you never expected? Follow. Hundreds of wiki points on a game you've never heard / love / hate? Follow. Find a reason that works for you. Just don't be pseudo-random, unless you are also pseudo-random. I'm not judging. Share it here, if you like. Feedback loop of joy.
If you'd like to be completely insane, carry this over to duders on twitter. Hashtag F5 along with the usual #FF.
#F5. Because it's time for a refresh. (I swear to god I just made that up on the spot now, damn son.)
One love. <>