WYDian Journal Event

I am beginning to believe the WYDian Journal event is losing its appeal. There are too many illusions that glorify unrealistic outcomes. This entire time I have not made any statement regarding such false advertising, but when I saw the winning entries today I was convinced that even the CMs cannot follow their own simple guidelines. I have a lot of questions, most of which probably will be met with an excuse instead of accountability.

Before I am challenged or questioned about the nature of winning, I want to assure everybody that winning is not everything. The entire purpose of participating in any event should always be to have fun. But the fun has been taken out of this event for many reasons, which I will go into detail now.

The rules/guidelines of this event were not organized from the beginning. There are two posters that state two different grand prizes. The first poster detailed a grand prize of an ancient weapon without any stats, and 10 monthly winners. The second poster advertised a grand prize of an ancient weapon with stats, and 5 monthly winners. I had the ancient weapon issue clarified by CM Dhar last night and he assured me that the ten/five lucky winners would receive an ancient weapon with stats, but how many winners will be selected? So why am I bickering about this issue? Because I am making a case that the guidelines aren’t being met.

 The first problem I see with the daily winners is that it’s not consistent with what the guidelines state. The guidelines specifically state “We will only be selecting FIVE Winning blog entries for the day that will win 5 Laktorerium powders.” In addition, the guidelines go on to state, “And another FIVE for the Daily ‘Outstanding Blogs’ that will receive 10 Laktorerium powders.” These statements within the guidelines have been proven to be false. Over the last week and a half, there haven’t been FIVE winners on a consistent basis.

 

September 2:

4 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

3 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 3

4 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

4 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 4

5 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

5 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 5

4 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

3 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 6

5 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

4 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 7

4 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

5 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 8

3 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

3 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 9

3 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

3 Daily Blog Winners

 

September 10

4 Outstanding Blog Entry Winners

4 Daily Blog Winners

 

Selecting FIVE winners in each category is never completed on a consistent basis. So why advertise FIVE lucky winners when that’s false? My issue with this is the fact that there are many bloggers out there that do their best and they still don’t have a chance in hell to win because the CMs are consistently not selecting the amount of blogs to win as they said they would. Each of you that win everyday might not worry about this issue, but place yourself in the shoes of those that do their best and still cannot win because only THREE blogs are selected, or FOUR blogs are selected. That would get extremely frustrating if I were in that situation. I don’t think it’s fair to everybody when this happens.

 

Now, CMs may argue that there just aren’t any good blogs worth selecting, so they only select three. I understand that argument and agree that only the best should be taken into consideration. But if there aren’t FIVE to select, then the guidelines should be changed to state, “We will only be selecting UP TO FIVE Winning blog entries for the day that will win 5 Laktorerium powders.” In addition, “And up to another FIVE for the Daily ‘Outstanding Blogs’ that will receive 10 Laktorerium powders.” By writing the guidelines in this manner, it simply states that there will only be a maximum of five winners in each category, not necessarily a definite five winners.

 

The second problem with this event is the details surrounding the weekly topic. Unfortunately, many of us assumed that the weekly topic was meant to win the weekly prize. That has been proven to be false. The weekly topic can also be used to win the daily blog entry. However, is this fair to you and me? No, it’s not fair at all, and here is why. Let us propose that you write about the weekly topic and submit it for the daily blog entry. Turns out, you won the outstanding blog entry for the day based on the weekly topic. A week later, you don’t win the weekly topic because somebody else won. Now there is a conflict of interest because you won the daily blog entry with that topic, why wouldn’t you win the weekly prize too? Let us extend this situation and flip it around. The person who won the weekly prize is questioning why he/she did not win the daily outstanding blog entry with the same topic. In either case, both would have to win each prize in order to satisfy any problems later on. But is that fair to another person who might have had a better blog than just listing 101 things that they liked about the game? What if that person wrote something with more substance and didn’t win? That’s not fair at all.

 

It is important to keep the two separated and I strongly suggest we enforce this. The weekly topic is meant to win the weekly prize, not the daily prize. Why waste time writing a weekly topic when that topic can win a daily prize too? It ceases to be a weekly topic now doesn’t it. In addition, why say there will be ONE weekly winner when there are actually TWO weekly winners, one for each topic. The guidelines should clarify this issue as well. The last issue with the weekly topic is the nature of the topics. Last week one of the topics was “What you learned from last season”. How is a new comer to the WYDian Journal Event going to write on a topic that has no relevance to him/her? That’s unfair to that person because they can’t write about a topic like that if they didn’t participate last season. In addition, one of this week’s topics is “What CM and GM do you like best?” How on Earth can I type about a topic like this if I have never had the opportunity to speak to the GMs? This poses a problem. Here is why.

 

Let us say that I do my absolute best to write on the topic “Which CM and GM do you like best”. Unfortunately, I have to make up some things about the GM part because I never met a GM. But let us say that my competition has spoken to a few GMs before. So they write about who they like the best. If they do not win, seeing as they have spoken to a GM a lot and I haven’t, I would be extremely upset if I were in their shoes. And if I won, I would feel like it wasn’t really fair because my blog wasn’t legit. I had to make something up where as somebody else might have been truthful in their blog, which deserves the win. CMs need to make topics that are fair and relevant to the players. These topics that we are receiving are not always fair and in the best interest of the bloggers. I hope that these issues will be cleared up so that the event stays fun throughout the entire second season, and so that we have a correct set of guidelines to follow so it doesn’t appear that CMs are making up rules as we go along.

 

And I want to strongly emphasize that my blog is not an attack on anybody. I am simply stating what I see and how it has been interpreted by others and myself.

 

Thanks!

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~ by caligstar on September 11, 2008.

4 Responses to “WYDian Journal Event”

  1. Point taken..

    i will going to update the rules as well as to change the topic for this week.

  2. Thanks Dhar. I’m glad you’re doing your best to make the event fun for everybody. It’s greatly appreciated.

  3. im not saying anything about the blog and how its being run, but i feel that dhar is doing a very good job. Knowing how much he has on his plate, complicates things for him im sure. He would have to dedicate a lot of time for him to do anything effectively. While always updating blogging rules and running a big hit event called the “Hide-and-Seek” event, I envy him.

    Great Job Dhar

  4. And just how exactly do you think it’s being “run”? The entire purpose behind a blog is to express your thoughts freely, however negative or positive. I don’t need to suck up to Dhar 24/7 to win events Soloran. =)

    The next blog I posted displayes Dhar in a positive light. It is what I interpret from day to day interactions of the game. Some are negative others are positive. It’s the nature of the beast and Dhar understands this.

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