There are times in one’s life where we have to make a stand and define where we are. To me, this is one of those moments. I am so sick and tired of people that spoil RB! I am talking about people who tend to act like if this is their own kindgom or mafia, and everyone has to play by their rules… It’s a very childish and anoying atiutude! Recently came out a post on the group “The World As We See It , or as we missed it” on which one of the hosts call pathetic to users (like me) that for any reason don’t go around commenting other’s works. Therefore – according to his law – he would be giving “orders” to the other hosts not to feature works from people who don’t comment on other people’s works.
This made my lid jump off…
I posted an answer, though a bold one, not a rude one (in my understanding). Here was the answer (if you don’t want to read it, jump to the end of this post where I make my conclusion):
“Well well… ain’t that a kick in the head?
* Fisrt off, let me tell you who I am: I am one of these pathetic people who only comment when I am featured.
* Second, let me tell you some facts:
RB is a great place. You get to know a lot of people and exchange experiences and if you’re smart, you will learn a lot and evolute as an artist, weather it is a full time occupation or a hobby (my case). But if there is one thing that PISSES ME OFF, that thing is those who go around the whole day long commenting and faving other people’s works without any kind of criteria, just to drag visits, comments and faves to their profiles. Most of the times, those people have a crap portfolio! But, they’re “famous”! Which is also why I never won a challenge in RB, but that’s another story… Anyway, this year I decided as a new year resolution that I would stop playing those people’s game and remove them from my watch list and invest more time and atention in myself instead, due to they stoped commenting my portfolio after I started to comment their work in a regular basis. Guess what was the reaction of ALL of them? They came back to comment in my portfolio… Some gave up, some are still doing it!
The point is: I am not going to comment on something that I don’t feel that I have to comment. I will comment when I feel that I want/need to comment! I trully believe that an artist should be recongnized by the quality of their work and NOT by the PR the he/she is doing!! I don’t do it (go around and commenting everything) as a full time occupation! And speaking of wich (full time occupation) – and the other reason why I comment only when I am featured – I am not retired, I do actually have a paid job! A full time paid job that covers my bills at the end of the month! Is that a crime? I don’t think so! I also have a family, and I also sell on other 5 web sites, where by the way, I sell at least 10 times more there than here on RB! Just in the last month I took 50 US$from FOTOLIA!
So, forgive me if I don’t have so much time to spend here and commenting on everything, but like others have already said, at the end of the day, this is your group and it is you who do the rules. So, if you want to stop featuring people for the quality of their work to start to feature them for the “participation” instead, well, that is up to you! You just go down a few steps into my consideration… I allways though that a professional photographer would think that a person should be recognized by the quality of his/hers work and NOT by spending the whole day here commenting and faving…
I’m sorry, but this shaked me a bit… And this was so far my favourite group (just check on my profile and you’ll see how much I have there dedicated to this group)….
BTW, I am not pathetic! At least would be nice to show some respect"
End of answer.
What was the result?? The message was deleted and I was kicked out from the group. Not even an answer, not even one counter argument, a reason, a rational thought, nothing, zero!
Conclusion? Unfortunately this only confirms what I say lately. In the biggest part of RB you are only recognized by how much you lick the back side of the others and not for how good is your work! And RB is filled with examples of this. I see so many people that have very poor portfolios but have an incredible ammount of visits, comments and faves, while prople who have excellent works have their portfolios almost empty of recognition. Lately as a host in 2 groups, I had the chance to take contact with even more people that find themselves in that sad situation… Many of you who I follow in my watch list are on this situation! When I comment someone’s work, I do it because I want, I find that work some how amazing and above all, I HAVE TIME FOR IT!
So, now, I would like to have an honest answer from you who have read this. Am I the one who is being stupid here? Shouldn’t people be recognized by their work and not by their S licking capacity? Should one be punished because one decide to dedicate more time to work, other web sites (that give more profit) and family?