Alright, maybe "Controlled" is too strong a word. Still, when did we decide that to be part of the "in crowd" we had to conform to a bunch of rules that aren't written in stone (or really, written anywhere), but are subject to the whims of whoever is enforcing said rules.
Case in point #1: RPG Bloggers Network - If a blog from a company that writes adventures and Fantasy Grounds 2 modules isn't RPG enough, then what is? What is with the elitism? Besides, 95% of the blogs there I've never even heard off. So, if you don't qualify to be a member of the network, is it really a strike against you or a point in your favor?
Case in point #2: RPG.net - It's a place I never post at, and rarely visit. The number of self designated authorities on any subject I find annoying, and in general they don't seem to be very receptive to new posters. The permaban (nice word) of Greg Christopher is interesting, as it seems to be more of a reaction to his stated purpose of creating controversy to generate traffic for his blog then the actual post. His blog generates no income, his games are released for free - where is the commercial aspect he was banned for?
Another day, another reviewer or moderator, either of these would have passed inspection, yet we allow people with their own biases and agendas one crapload of control over this hobby.
Or do we? I never tried to join the RPG Bloggers Network. I always figured I'd never make the cut, not because my blog isnt decent (I hope it is) but because I refuse to conform to some arbitrary and indistinct set of rules just to be part of the club. Screw that shit! I've got my own club - just look at my blogroll on the left.
As for RPG.net? I never liked those forums for the reason I stated above. I'd get myself permabanned too just to make a point, but I'd have to sign up for an account first and what's the point in that? ;)
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