Is friendship bad?
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BloodAngel last edited by
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Duke Whisky last edited by
Totally a personal thing, but I still think we should approach questions like this at face value rather than just posting GIFs and links that boil down to - Do better.
It’s one of the things I’ve liked with hanging around here that it hasn’t really happened. I’ve been in communities before where they’ve asked for a few lines in the post as well as the question which works nicely.
Anyway that aside…
Personally I don’t think it is bad, it gives you an open relationship to be able to discuss themes around a game or characters where you can OOCly explain motivations. Reassurances. Naturally we can presume the worst in a text format from half a pose from someone else.
That said, the usual comments of like favouritism pop up when some do have friends. Especially when staffing a game. Which is unfair, I can have friends but staff can’t? Additionally will you be honest with friends? Not sure.
Anyway, balances and do we quickly proscribe someone being a friend when, really, they are an acquaintance with a mutual hobby.
Rucket last edited by
@Whisky said in Is friendship bad?:
Especially when staffing a game. Which is unfair, I can have friends but staff can’t?
lol, staff can have friends.
Just handle those friendships off of the game or off of your staff bit. When you are logged on to a staff bit, you should try to treat everyone the same. Unless they are a total creeper, feel free to be an asshole to them before showing them the door.
Then when you hop on your PC bit, feel free to hang with friends and do random shit.
Duke Whisky last edited by
@Rucket I agree, point is on that people use favourism as a stick to wave towards staff regarding any friendships
KarmaBum last edited by
I just paged my friends like a week ago with what is arguably a plot-nugget. They used it in their scene, had fun with it, and pushed the plot forward.
I like to think this makes me a good judge of character and not a terrible staffer.
Jumpscare last edited by
I strongly believe friendship is good.
Friendship (or at the very least, trust of your fellow RPers) is what makes this hobby go 'round. Outside of MU*ing, humans are a social species. We stagnate without friends.
Meg last edited by Meg
friendship bad, tbh.
like, i haven’t really RPed with my friends in a long time. we’ve apped some places together, but we haven’t stuck together. dropping characters, picking them up, drifting, etc. and in general, i am a pretty flaky person when it comes to MU*?
the longest game i actually played was on a game that i apped solo, didn’t know anyone, and made friends there.
yet, still. people will see my name somewhere and ascribe me to a ‘clique’ and pre-judge me, without even actually weighing or ascertaining any of my actual actions/words/etc. it Sucks .
thanks for coming to my ted talk.
I want to believe in making friends on mushes, but I’m kind of with @Meg on this one. I will say there are groups of people that I consistently talk to that are all mushers, but I wouldn’t say we play together all that often.
Which does suck. Especially in places where I’ve apped in with someone, had all these great ideas, but then something happens that takes a gigantic shit all over it and it ends up not happening. It’s frustrating.
I’d like more friends, but I will admit that’s extremely hard to do.
hellfrog last edited by
I have no friends, for I am several abyssal frogs in a trench coat.
Thus, I can only conclude friendship is, in fact, good - but people are very sour grapes about it.
Birdie last edited by
Friendship, like any kind of relationship begins with yourself. Setting healthy boundaries is part of that foundation.
So, if you have built a healthy friendship with yourself and respect your own boundaries, your friends will also respect your boundaries. If they don’t, they aren’t good friends and you don’t have to keep that friendship.
Herja last edited by
People get too caught up in this shit. Yes, I have MU friends. I think I handle those relationships pretty well ethically but if I didn’t, genuinely didn’t and not just someone being pissy because I don’t negotiate with emotional terrorists, then you can vote with you feet or, hell, even talk to me or talk to someone else who staffs with me about your concerns. Because I think we can all have blind spots and if I am fucking up, I definitely am not intending to do so I want to know to correct whatever mistake I am making.
I know that easier said than done. I know there are people who find even talking with staff about small issues to be incredibly intimidating but I hope to reach a point where people would feel comfortable offering legit feedback even if it leads to a disagreement.
Solstice last edited by
Honestly, this is true of even the closest IRL friends I have. Sometimes, life gets in the way! Or sometimes, one or two of the group is super into a game that others aren’t, and so we don’t see them for awhile.
Or hell, sometimes depression just eats people, and you gotta give 'em the space to recover while occasionally poking them to make sure they know you’re there if they need you.
Friends in mushing works the same way. When I have a positive experience with someone, I tend to consider them a friend. If we don’t play for a few months or years, they’re not any different than a friend who just had a baby and needed to focus on family. As long as people aren’t jerks, they remain my friends, no matter how much time has elapsed.
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I’m a working person with a full time job that just took on a side gig so I can get ahead, a parent, a spouse. Idk who has time to worry about other people’s friendships.
My internet friends are my friends. If I stopped being friends with them, I’d have a whole hell of a lot less friends and that just seems silly when you’re an adult and making friends is hard as hell???
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i mean if you have a long enough view, every friendship ends badly
I admit I was trolling just a little bit with the title and then I got distracted by dinner. But I do have some thoughts about it.
I get this feeling that there’s the part of the MU world that looks down on friendship - like if you’re RPing with people you’re not allowed to also like them because… reasons?
And of course, one of the things about friends is they tend to have similar-ish opinions, and so if you don’t agree with someone on a subject you may well not agree with their friends. And suddenly, cliques are born, where clique == group of people that you aren’t in.
Staff, of course, are not allowed friends because they staff out of the goodness of their hearts, but they must not enjoy it because if you enjoy something then you might be tempted to do more things for the people that you enjoy doing things for and then that’s favouritism.
I dunno, I thought I had a point, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an online community be so split about the idea of being friends with people you spend time with.
I’m on the side of friendship good, in case that wasn’t clear. A friend is someone I want to spend time with and share experiences with. Sometimes I feel we’ve got so lost in the weeds of “everyone must be equal in their fun having” that we forget that we’re adults with lives and jobs and we do this in our spare time. I want to spend my spare time with my friends, not with people I keep at arm’s length.
Friendship is magic, and it’s the real treasure we found.
Solstice last edited by
The real treasure was the coin I wasn’t auto-splitting with the group and no one noticed.