Well, I havent blogged for almost a month, but recent events in a group that I am a part of have brought me "out of retirement." I am referring, of course, to the struggles of OATTA.
OATTA, or Official American Throwdown Tournament of America, is a group founded by Elway4Prez. It had a maximum of 34 members. They, or rather we, recently completed a highly successful tournament won by Steelercooz. In addition, it reached #2 on G.O.A.T's group rankings. However, recently, OATTA has fallen on some hard times. Now I don't know the particulars of what exactly happened, so if I get something wrong, please correct me, but this is what I believe happened. A Round 1 TD between BSchwartz and DJTG_2010 was winding down with only 13 total votes. SO, DJTG sent out fanmails to 4 groups adking people to check out the TD and vote for the best arguement, NOT to vote for him. And then, in the last 20 minutes or so, DJTG procured 8 votes and beat Bschwartz 13-9. He felt that this was unfair, because he thought people had seen his FanMail, assumed it was asking for votes, and voted for him without reading the arguements. He graciously offered to allow BSchwartz to advance in the tournament.
However, some members did not believe that what DJTG did was unfair at all. In fact, "vote lobbying" is an accepted practice on this site, and happens all the time. ALso, some members felt that DJTG was being made out to be a cheater, when he had not done anything of the sort. DJTG asked Elway to create a poll to see what the members of OATTA thought about the situation, to which Elway refused. He said that DJTG was old enough to make the decision for himself, and that it was all right if he wanted to move on instead. Before we knew it, personal insults were being thrown around, and DJTG decided to leave the group. In the aftermath, 3 more members left, and a few more are currently waffling on the edge.
In the meantime, uofmrules and Phillyfan were engaged in another TD. Uofm had apparently made some enemies in the past, and he felt, when he lost in the final minutes, that someone, NOT Phillyfan, had cheated against him. However, again, some members of the group felt that cheating had not occured, that the fact that uofm recieved one vote to Phillyfan's 3 in the final hour was relatively routine. Once again, some personal insults were slung around, and some people's feelings got hurt. Currently, there is a poll asking people to revote in the Uofmrules TD.
In my humble opinion, the OATTA must simply move on. We lost some great TDers, and that sucks, but its not the end of the world. OATTA still has the potential to be a great group, and was a great group in the past, if we simply put these scandals behind us and continue with the second tournament. Elway4Prez has done a great job organizing the group, and even though some people have made some mistakes, the greatness of the group can still be salvaged if group members follow some simple guidelines.
- LEAVE COMMENTS ON THROWDOWNS - Since FanNation has removed the "who voted" button, leave a comment on who you voted for and why. That way, cheating is more easily identified and TDs are more fair. If there are 20 votes in a TD, there should be 20 comments.
- DON'T GET PERSONAL - On a site with this much arguing, there are bound to be conflicts. However, the real trouble starts when people get personal. Present your side of the disagreement, and let others decide who is right. Its that simple.
- KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE - Remember, this is a site where we debate sports, of all things, with complete strangers we will likely never meet. Is there anything dumber than getting super-angry over that? We're are taking personal comments some dude from who-knows-where is typing into his computer. Its not a big deal. If you get really angry, walk away. Turn off the computer, go outside, or actually do some work. Come back when you have cooled off.
All right thanks for staying with me. Hopefully this makes things better, because OATTA was and still can be a cool group. Please try to keep these things in mind, and sorry for writing so much.