precipitate wrote:Radical self-reliance.
Doing really cool shit.
It has no purpose exept itself, and that which its participants confer
precipitate wrote:Huh. Didn't know that was in your vocabulary. It's certainly not in your
Badger wrote:It has nothing to do with Rangers Trey.
It has everything to do with, well, being right.
Zephryus wrote:[Attention: The following is composed entirely of well-meaning conjecture and unasked-for advice. If that sort of thing pisses you off, please dismiss it as the ramblings of a fool. If any of it is wildly divergent from reality, don't hesitate to check me on it.]
If there's anything I've noticed about these boards, it's that they are filled with people who have been to/helped create the event a bunch of times and thus have a very good idea of what works and what doesn't, logistically, and they really enjoy being ornery. Combine the two, and you have a group that gives good advice but is perhaps a bit overly gruff about it. Don't take it personally; they're that way to everybody, including themselves, and they like it. Read the archives, learn to communicate on their level and you'll be a lot more sucessful.
As far as the general response you revieved when you asked for help, try looking at it this way: when you join the event, you're stripping yourself of both restrictions and the support systems of the greater society. This is, I think, what they mean by "radical self reliance". In order to make it work, you have to be able to fully take care of your own shit, with room for a little extra. Self-suffiency, and nothing less. Now, once you've covered that (admittedly large) base, you've opened a whole field of possibilities that are normally difficult to realize in everyday life. But if you read through the archived threads, you realize that the people who criticized you for portraying yourself as not self-sufficient are the same people who help build some of the most critical pieces of the event, and are consequently having to pick up the slack for those who arrive expecting to be cared for as they would in the greater society. So maybe you can understand why their hackles raise a bit when someone asks them for help without offering something in return. It's a survival reflex.
But at the same time, don't ignore those who stood up for you. Their support was earnest, and if you haven't yet written people privately, I suggest you do so. really, this is waht you can expect from any group: a set of mixed reactions, based on personal experience and prejudices. Seize the opportunities, ignore the slag. And for the love of god, don't ever take anything you read on a messageboard personally.
(Oh, and my perceptions of the event roughly correlate with Precipitate's, with an extra helping of psychadelic adult playground on top.)
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