Props to Hubilub for the idea: This week and the next we are going to be showcasing two user groups. Asylum Open Mic and P.R.I.A.T.E are two huge user groups based purely around social interaction. Some share users, some of the users have rivalries, and some users are best friends. However, they both claim to be "kind." I thought that given the chance, they would jump at each others' throats, but that turned out to be a false assumption!
I interviewed both user groups separately and then gave them a chance to "critique" the other group's answers. They did so with glee, and what arose was a ... well, just see for yourself.
This week, we are showing the interview answers from P.R.I.A.T.E. and the inserted comments from a couple the admins from Asylum Open Mic:
- Why was P.R.I.A.T.E. founded?
Apparently, it was something about hating children, but that's long forgotten!
I believe it was founded as a joke group at a time when Sassafrass was annoyed at some kids, seeing as P.R.I.A.T.E. stands for People Really Irked by Annoying Tykes Everyday. Since then, I imagine it just became a complete social group with many users after joining and making friends with other users. It's how I got to know a good handful of other users.
P.R.I.A.T.E. was originally founded as a group where The Escapist community could join, share their experiences and hatred with the younger generations of
snot nosed buggers- those lovable animals known as children. Over time, however, as the group grew and expanded, it has become more of a social group with the mutual hatred of kids there, hovering in the background.
- What do you see as the future of the group?
Even more pages of chat.
Seriously, we can't stop talking. We've tried.
I am sure it will remain a great social hub for many users. Its members hold the group in high regard, and as word of mouth spreads more users will join us and bring their own style and personality to it. Like The Escapist itself, its members are very friendly and helpful.
Many, many, many pages of chat.
And hopefully more practical jokes within the community, like the recent spread of the Jim Gaga avatars. All will be done with the staffs agreement, of course. We shall try to spread fun like butter on crumpets!
- What do you think other users could gain from the group?
Well, our sense of fun is infectious. Plus, we have a rather interesting paradox as in we're very tight-knit, but very accepting too. So if you need a friend, we're pretty much always there.
Unless we hate you, of course. But that rarely happens.
The group gives many users the opportunity to get to know each other outside the forums. They get to see how a user is like personally behind their opinions and ideals. It lets users talk about anything they want, what's going on in their lives, a topic they want to chat about or how they feel about certain things. We also talk about stuff happening on the site, so it is a great way to find out what's happening.
A chance to unwind and goof around without being looked at like they just laughed at a funeral. We all know the look, right?
- What sets you apart from other user groups?
The amount we talk, I think. We have no set topic, nor any pretense of seriousness. We're basically the closest you could get to an actual conversation with your mates.
Well, we are the second largest off-topic user group, which brings a wide variety of personalities into the mix. We are known for being quite silly and fun while also being serious too so we have a nice balance going. It's like its own little community within The Escapist with all the regulars knowing each other very well and is a brilliant alternative to the forums. That said, we also try to get to know the new members too.
The sheer amount of stuff we discuss. We've covered everything from pineapples to World Wars to political events. There isn't really a set topic so we just chat away.
- If you could improve one aspect of the User Group area, what would you improve?
Can't think of a single thing.
You know the way if you are searching through the list of user groups you have to go through a lot of pages of them and so on? Why not put them all on one page in a wall of their group avatars? That way, a user can just move the cursor over the symbol and then the group name and short description appears. Even if you could not fit them all on one page, it would still be far less pages and it would be easier to look through the groups.
I would have to echo a suggestion made in another user group interview and that would be the PMing of the owner/Admins when a new member has joined. It's hard to keep track of new members when you have about 75+ and as I like to welcome new members when I see them, this would be a nice touch. Well, for me at least.
- Anything else you would like to add?
If it weren't for P.R.I.A.T.E., I'd be banned by now. So thanks lads, for helping me straighten out my ways!
Id like to say that P.R.I.A.T.E. has made my time on this wonderful site far more fun and great. I am friends with a lot of users now because of it too.
Actually, I do have a question for you.
Have you ever been rohipnolled by a swan and ended up in Cancun?
Oh snap!? Did Souplex's comment mean to be derogatory or complimentary? Mmm, the freedom of tone on the internet ...
If you would like to nominate a user group for an upcoming Featured User Group, feel free to let me (that is, Kuliani) know through a PM!