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Posted Jun 30, '12 at 10:03pm

xeano321

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I recommend putting my username in the thread title, since I am the exact definition of awesome.

LoL Looks like this might even be awesome. Knowing You Know Nothing seems to be right down my alley, but you can't know you know nothing, because you would know something, so you wouldn't know nothing... I think I made a point in there somewhere.

 

Posted Jul 1, '12 at 12:30am

Gantic

Gantic

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that is something that i do since my birth.

Knowing You Know Nothing seems to be right down my alley,

It's frickin' Bill and Ted right here.

 

Posted Jul 6, '12 at 11:20pm

Gantic

Gantic

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I apologize in advance for the substandard quality and lack of coherency.

Part I: Be Excellent to Each Other

Identification

Be excellent to each other means just that. It isn't simply, "Don't be a jerk to people." but "Be excellent to people." While that I hold to be universal, this entry is not. Changing outlook is an opportunity to change self. What makes being excellent to people difficult is when people are being unexcellent. Even if we are excellent to people being unexcellent, it is harder to see that we treat different people differently. This is not a bad thing, but we regard regulars as regulars, newbies as newbies, moderators as moderators, etc. The distinction is circumstantial but we naturally stratify at all times anyway, even if beyond the labels, we're just people. We all are regardless of our circumstances.

Treat people as people. We meet people that make us want to be better people, whether they are role models, that cute girl that sits across the room, or just someone who is better than us and treats people well. We know who these people are. We feel their effect on us. We treat these people better than other people. If we can treat everyone as well as we treat these people, then this is a good step in the right direction. This is not a call to be Lawful Stupid or Stupid Good, but to be Awesome Good. Awesome Good is the way you treat your best of friends. That is not to say you should treat everyone as you treat your friends. There are things you can get away with with your friends that might not apply to other people. What it is is that you should treat everyone as well as you treat your friends.

So what am I trying to say? I am not the most approachable person. That has always been clear to me and that has always been a way I have presented myself. Standoffish. I don't participate that much in the forums that much, except in a capacity that is official or in that affected pretentious way that is best described as Gantitudinal or Gantesque or tablagent or whatever made-up-word you choose. But that hardly means I'll bite someone's head off for what may be deemed as a silly question. You don't have to be the nicest sunshiney person to treat people well. Being sarcastic and all around passive aggressive is no way to be an effective moderator or an effective person. I am not claiming that I'm not or can't be curt or tactless at times. I'm saying it doesn't hurt to be nice and helpful to people. So what if they're trolling? Or stubborn? Or just don't get it? What harm does it do you? What harm does it do? It doesn't hurt to help people who want help.

I like to believe in people. I don't care how bad people can get. I'd still believe in people. As a moderator, and as a person, I honestly don't care as long as you treat people as people and leave all agenda at the door. I'm much harsher on people who make things worse for others than someone who may be ignorant of customs. It's easy to be ignorant of customs but it's difficult to be ignorant of treating people well.

Be excellent. Be helpful. Be awesome.

Next Week: "Be Excellent to Each Other: Indemnification"

 

Posted Jul 7, '12 at 1:23pm

skater_kid_who_pwns

skater_kid_who_pwns

4,313 posts

I'm near heart broken to see that no one has commented on the words following from this mans mind.

Children, the fountain of knowledge has been opened to the public, come drink of it's waters, be enlightened, feel your mind sore to new heights, feel the water flow through your body and utilize the lessons inside your veins.

This dear children, is the truth you have been looking for. It is here in front of you, will you leave behind what you have searched so long for?

 

Posted Jul 7, '12 at 1:58pm

XVERB

XVERB

2,467 posts

An interesting take on it all gantic. 

I think we are all guilty sometimes of being less-than-excellent to each other.  I know i am... reading that made me realize what a **** i am sometimes. haha

 

Posted Jul 7, '12 at 8:25pm

Gantic

Gantic

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"Be good and you will be lonesome."

If I wanted to, I'd just fill this with Twain quotes. I could just replace every section with Twain quotes. All puns intended.

Everyone is unexcellent some of the time, but no one is unexcellent all of the time.

"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

 

Posted Jul 8, '12 at 8:51am

soccerdude2

soccerdude2

1,588 posts

I have a feeling that this refers to the forums and life at the same time...

Time to get my "Awesome Good" on!

I think we are all guilty sometimes of being less-than-excellent to each other.  I know i am... reading that made me realize what a **** i am sometimes. haha

Yes I think that this was also kinda meant to see how evil you have been to other users.

 

Posted Jul 8, '12 at 5:23pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

That was a good read. Not a lawful good read or a stupid good read, but an awesome good read. A read that left me in awe.

Actually, Gantic. You're not standoffish. People are just jealous of your writing ability. I mean, Gantitudinal or Gantesque or tablagent or whatever made-up-word you choose, wow! Fantastic phrase. If anything, people look at you as being standoffish is because they want to be like you.

The rest was kind of common sense, but it's ridiculous how often people need to be reminded that their sense isn't common. Excellence is the key to having common sense, which is ironically making common sense less common. A rare sense, if you will.

Time to get my awesomely excellent suit on. Time to dance out to joel's NuDisco in my awesomely excellent suit.

 

Posted Jul 13, '12 at 11:24pm

Gantic

Gantic

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Part I: Be Excellent to Each Other

Indemnification

Excellence in the face of unexcellence is difficult. There are other people in this world, some of whom you will disagree with, some of whom you will never agree with, some of whom you just don't like. There are other people in this world. This isn't your private world. This isn't your private server. This isn't your private forum. Being able to deal with other people appropriately is a sign of maturity. Everyone has as much right to be as anyone else.

Meet unexcellence with excellence. Meeting unexcellence with unexcellence begets more unexcellence. It is easy to meet unexcellence with unexcellence. It is easy to snap or snark at people when nerves are frayed, when frustration sets it. It doesn't matter if you're right. It does nothing for anyone to 'win' but fuel one's ego. Excellence is not a blunt object with which to bash someone's head. It is not stubborn. It is not unmoving. It is beyond condescension. It is beyond tolerance. It is beyond acceptance. It is knowing that different attitudes exists and treating people as people, not as noobs.

Stubborn people are stubborn. Negative people are negative. Ignorant people are ignorant. Misery loves company. A stubborn person cannot become unstubborn in a day because that is what stubborn is. A negative person cannot become unnegative in a day because misery loves company. An ignorant person might become unignorant in a day because people can learn. An unexcellent person cannot be come ununexcellent in a day. Change is gradual as is learning. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man and you feed him for a lifetime. You may be able to teach a man to fish in a day, but teaching is not instantaneous. It is a gradual process that begins with a first step. But it is only as gradual as its acceptance.

Take a step backwards before stepping forward and meet unexcellence with excellence. It is a trickle, not a deluge. It is a step, not a teleport. Strive to be without stepping on someone else's right to be, even if it's to be unexcellent, to be stubborn, to be negative, to be ignorant.

Be excellent. Be open. Be awesome.

Next Week: "Be Excellent to Each Other: Examination"

 

Posted Aug 4, '12 at 10:18pm

GhostOfMatrix

GhostOfMatrix

11,693 posts

Knight

I want more of this, please continue. Don't leave us hanging.

 
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