The 'Shroom:Issue LVII/Top Ten
Hello, this is the reappeared Tucayo, and I am here to write a special section. Or so I think. When I read in my talk page that I was invited to write a special section I felt special, but then I realized every writer had been invited. No longer feeling special, I still decided I was going to write a section. It has been around a year since I last wrote a section other than Mystery Images, so let's hope I still know how to writghaufictuds.
The main problem of writing a special section is to decide what you want to write about. I couldn't write something related to the MarioWiki, since I have been away from it for around a year and so many things have changed since then; heck, I don't even remember Wiki syntax. My next idea was to do a Top 10, as I had done in previous Special Sections, but then I thought I had no idea as to what I could make a Top 10 about. Another idea that came to my mind was to just write nonsense until I got a decent amount of text (you're so wrong if you think that's what I'm doing, this will eventually lead to a real article), but I realized that would be lame. Comedy? Not a good choice. A review? Doesn't sound appealing.
So, after considering a wide array of options, including a Vegas Showgirls-like performance, I decided I would go with a Top 10, once again. And here it goes, Top 10 Things I Learned In My Time In The SMW And That May Prove Useful To You Too! This is not entirely meant to be funny, but instead aims to share some of the things I learned and I hope some users may learn something from this. Or not, who am I kidding... Nevertheless, here we go.... *drumroll*
Number 10: Common Sense Will Take You A Long Way
I always thought many of the rules we had were stupid and excessive. While it is good to make some things clear, most of the time common sense is the best way to decide on something. Users, even if it's not written that you shouldn't do something, try to THINK. It has happened to me, an user did something wrong and I blocked him, he then pointed out that what he did wasn't against the rules. Come on, you thought it was OK to vandalize in a certain way only because it's not explicitly written?
Number 9: Haters Gonna Hate
No matter how good you are, no matter how good you do your work, someone will always hate you. Perhaps it's envy, perhaps it has no reason at all, but someone will always hate you. And you can't let that distract you from your work. During my time here I came across many trolls that only wanted to annoy other people. What they want is attention, don't give it to them. Don't even mention their names.
Now, if many, MANY people hate you, chances are you really are a hateful user. Learn to spot the difference, it'll prove useful.
Number 8: Sometimes It's Better To Shut The F*ck Up
Self-explanatory. But sometimes it's better to make your voice heard. Decide carefully which of these situations you are facing, or else you'll end in a very embarrassing situation, as it has happened to me.
Number 7: Try to do something by yourself
Yessir. Sysops often find themselves doing all of the work in here, and that's not how it should be. If you are a normal user, don't go asking for a sysop's help every single time you need something done, try to do it yourself. If you keep pestering a sysop every time you need something stupid, they will only end up hating you. There's nothing more annoying than a user that asks you to do every single thing he could be doing by himself. Now, if there are things you can't do by yourself, at least try to ask different admins, that way the desperation you cause will divide between more admins.
Number 6: Don't Be A Crybaby
One of the most hateful things are users that go "waaa everyone hates me!!!11 ill go and never come back!!1". First of all, if you do that, then I know why people hate you. Second, no one cares if you leave (ugly truth). And third, instead of crying do something good. But I have to admit, sometimes users will just like to annoy you, for no other reason than having fun. Still, don't do what I mentioned earlier, seriously.
Number 5: Face It, No One Cares
There are some users who share every single effing thing. And this will sound rude, but it's the truth; as the title says, no one cares. We don't care if an angry Jigglypuff molested you. Stories to make people pity you don't make them pity you, they make them hate you.
Number 4: Respect Those Above You
Fundamental in every single ambit. Admins work for the welfare of the wiki, so show a little respect. For me, this is the basis of everything, and I blocked users many times only because their attitude was disrespectful. I understand that sometimes you think admins are lazy bums, but that's not always the case; many of the work happens "backstage", so you don't always see it. Now, if you disagree with something, the best way to fix it is to speak directly to the person you have a problem with. Don't make a freaking revolution just because you disagree with something. Well, I have to admit sometimes that is necessary, but you gotta know when and how to do it.
Number 3: Respect Those Below You
You never know when that noob you annoyed out of sheer fun will become an admin or something like that. And if that happens, well, you're f*cked. This happens more often than you would think.
Number 2: Get Every Ally You Can
Because sometime you'll need all the help you can get, and this is when Numbers 4 and 3 come in handy. It's better to be respected than feared. How to do this? Work hard, be nice to others, help them, and so on. If you get every ally you can, you can even make a mob. Or, for more practical uses, get one proposal to pass and all that stuff.
Number 1: Don't Give Up
If you are demoted, if you are banned, if you don't get what you want, when you try your best but you don't succeed
when you get what you waaant but not what you neeeeeed, stuck in reveersee; don't give up, work harder to achieve it. I was once demoted and instead of embracing the fact, I worked harder to prove I was useful and to regain my admin status, and it sure worked. I lost a Director election by the largest margin there has ever been, and still, I kept working hard and it paid off. If you are banned, don't act like a jerk and a troll; instead, try to prove whoever banned you wrong.
So that's all. I hope I didn't bore you and that you learned something from this. BTW, best of lucks for those who run for Director. And now I disappear into the darknessssss... BYE!