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EDITORIAL: Agencies to Blame?
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Jojo
Jojo
Old Shoe

Jun-20-2007 12:56

***This is my opinion. Strictly my opinion.***


I've looked at the community, and anyone who's been here longer than 100 days is able to see that Sleuth activity has gone down the tubes. Dead. And what is to blame? The agencies.

Now, agencies aren't the root cause. Let's get that straight. But the way they have been operating is. The problems with agencies are (1) the quantity, (2) the purpose, (3) and the role they play.

Okay, first, the quantity of agencies. Not too long ago, there were about 20-30 agencies. All full at 12 persons each, coming to a total of roughly 240-360 people. That was a good amount. But now, we have almost 120 agencies. That's right. 600% of the amount we had about a year ago. Sure, some may argue that the community has grown, and it certainly has. But 600% growth? I don't think so.

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Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-22-2007 16:23

Amissguided...really you become not a newbie when basically you know pretty much what things are around here and how things are and if your able to have the knowlege to help another peson out...thats a relaly bi g thing for me because we should take our knowlege and use it to help out other people who were in your shoes :)

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Jun-22-2007 16:33

First off, let me say that this is one of the greatest threads I've seen on ANY message board. Everyone that is posting is respetful of opinions regardless of whether or not they agree with other posts.

That being said....

There is another online game that I have been playing since 1999, while the game is now about to come to an end, the community there is the main reason while I am still there. It got to a point where the community is more important than the game itself.

There have been many get togethers for the game, much like the recent SleuthConI, and I have had the oppotunity to attend several of them. locations ranging from Winnipeg, Canada to Cambridge, England. I have made many lifelong friends through that gameand still talk to many of the other players on a regular basis.

This game has the potential to do the same, as an earlier post of mine stated, there will be some stagnant times in the game, that's natural. The community is what can make it worthwhile and interesting during those times.

Granted, SleuthConI did not get the response or attendance that most would have liked it is a stepping stone to making a stronger community. I for one am glad I made the trip and got to meet some of the other players that I probably never would have even PM'ed in this game. All the people I met there I now consider friends.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now! ;-)

Cordelia Falco
Cordelia Falco
Battered Shoe

Jun-22-2007 16:43

Laura, I'm glad you decided to post those thoughts! I've had a few of them myself, but I'm sure I couldn't get them out there that well.

I happen to know what a merkin is, for reasons that are nothing to do with Sleuth (details will not be forthcoming as I can't remember!), but I have felt like I've no idea what people are talking about, and I've no idea whether it's just US/Canadian pop culture references I don't get, or whether I've missed out on the vital chat room conversation.

I freely confess to irritation with message board users who don't appear to be paying attention to what's going on around them, and I know there are times when I've joined the sarky brigade, but I agree that, while it's human to sound off occasionally, it's not encouraging to non-brass-skinned people who might be innocently lurking. I think your point about the generation gap is very well made.

Cordy (hoping that last glass of wine didn't stop this post from being coherent)

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-22-2007 16:52

Very well put Cordie :)

nicnic
nicnic
Battered Shoe

Jun-22-2007 18:58

OK. I'm really really sorry I didn't see this a few days ago.

The only comment I have to make on this whole matter:

About 45 pages back crunchpatty virtually mooned al-Q and I would like to publicly announce my disdain at the visual of his hairy butt that is now branded onto my brain.

And I would also like to counter his statement that SMRT has no competition and won like 98 hunts in the past 3 days etc. etc.

If crunch had read the newspaper in the past week and seen the news, he may see that things have changed and that maybe, just maybe, a good strategy might be to let your competition think you've lost your mojo and then your competition gets lazy and then you come in with a vengeance and SMOKE them.

Errr.... yea... that's all I have to contribute... And errr... I think I'm trying to say there's still some competition out there between agencies...

Emma Barlowe
Emma Barlowe
Well-Connected

Jun-22-2007 20:08

That's right, Nic! I was so busy with addressing the topic that Jojo brought forth that I *totally* missed the moon. However, I must say that the al-Q trophy room is lookin' pretty good with all those trophies that we snatched out from under SMRT's butt...err, I mean noses! ;)



AraLives
AraLives
Battered Shoe

Jun-22-2007 20:33

Dear Al-Q,

The only reason your agency has won hunts lately is because half of SMRT is on vacation, and the other half is on a brief hiatus. We'll be back in the swing of things shortly. Until then, enjoy your shiny treasure....while you can!

Sloppy wet kisses to all!

SMRT

(Now THERE'S a little competition! ;)

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-22-2007 22:03

OoOoOoOo nic....did you like the we kisses?????


ROFL

Lady Jas
Lady Jas
The Chosen One

Jun-22-2007 22:04

*wet

nicnic
nicnic
Battered Shoe

Jun-22-2007 23:20

Dear Ara/SMRT-

While your wet kisses intrigue and excite me (although crunch's butt does not), put your money where your mouth (and wet kiss) is. Al-Q was too on a little hiatus until now. We're back baby. And we're ready for what you are going to bring.

See you at the finish line :)

Hugs,
Nic



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