paigeg wrote:Nooooo, it's nice to live in a world where Woot is not the end-all and be-all of my existence.
Woot needs work, and I see this derby as somewhat an admission of that. I mean, along with, shutthefuckupitsjustateeshirt.
Change is ssssssllllooooow. Even on the Interwebz. And it won't be what you truly want, because society has changed. (NOT going to argue if it's for better or worse!). Not to mention the teensy fact that lifeasAdderwouldhaveit ain't the only game in town.
Perspective: I help to design/develop/LIVE a grants management system. It SUXXXXX! With a capital UXXX! No one, and I mean NO one is ever happy with what we ultimately deploy to production.
On a day-to-day basis, this makes me frickin' crazy. But it also helps me to think longer term, and not get my panties in a bunch over everything on Woot that chafes me.
O.M.G. where whas I? Before I lose all focus - I am NOT your average Wooter (at least, my perception of what you think that is). I am 50 years old, have a successful career in criminal justice and collegiate-level education, and have actually read many of the classics, and intend to read more. I like Lolcats. I talk to my dog (and yes, heaven forgive me - my husband!) in lolcat-speak. I was raised on a farm and my Dad was in the military. I have tattoos. I am a weightlifter. I work out - a lot. I rock. HARD. I have a hubby a decade+ my years. I am NOT typical.
>pant~pant< I STILL think Woot rocks.
Good for you.
Woot is still in the wrong, and just because you have other things in your life that you feel are more worthy of your time than artistic ethics and business ethics being upheld doesn't mean everyone should take that road. If it is wrong it should be fought against by someone, and I don't exactly see a whole bunch of people stepping up. Y'all want to eat the bread when it's finished being made, but there's so little desire to help mix or knead or bake. If no one is willing to put in the labor, no one gets anything. And if too few people care about that labor, as good as nothing changes.
Believe me, there are far more important things in my life than woot, or t-shirts in general. But I feel that the artistic disrespect that is shown here by both "designers" and users and even moderators and staff is beyond disgusting, and symptomatic of a plague that needs to be cured. Art and creativity -is- very important to me, in all its myriad forms. So while my external life does indeed exist outside the realm of this or other sites, I willingly devote time here because I don't think anyone else cares enough, and do think someone needs to. I'm sure you believe you have a very rich life which also has far bigger problems. Great. But it doesn't put woot in the right, and it doesn't change the downward spiral of society representative in woot's choices. It's one thing to not be as passionate, but I can't help but feel sitting back 100% is no different than condoning it.