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Ladyvol  (Level: 212.3 - Posts: 5650)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:01 PM


On September 17, 2004 I joined Sploofus...five years and it seems like only yesterday that I was just a newbie. I've seen a lot of changes in the last five years some good, some bad. I have to admit though that I have never seen anything like I've seen in the last few months...I am not one to get on a soap box and air my views and I try my best to not say anything bad about anyone...I came here and we all became a family. I would hate to see this family atmosphere disappear. But I'm afraid that it is slowly going in that direction.
I've seen some really nice people leave because of remarks made and feelings getting hurt. It hurts me to see these things happening on here...I know if I need anyone of you here all I have to do is ask. You've all always been here when I've need a shoulder, a prayer or a word of encouragement. What has happened to my "family" here?
I'll be here for quite awhile as long as I still feel welcome from friends like unclonewolf, Lodi, Mitchy, Felix, Pat, Jan, Chyene, westcoasttony, Keith, Bigbird, Allena, Justin, Bushyfox, F5flaur, Leaston, Lcoverton, Swiper, Surreyman, Ravensclaw, Dwayla, 1mks, Bravegator, Smoke, Osuzannacollage, Btsyshsbnd, kaybevaughn, dusty, and several more that I know I'm forgetting to list. (sorry but you all know who you are)...
Thanks for 5 great years and for being there when I've needed you...Now, can we all try and get along? PLEASE...Or am I asking too much? I sure hope not!!!!!
Love ya all,

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:10 PM

Nice post, V. You joined an entire year before me! I, too, am saddened by what sploofus has become. It used to be such a fun place where we all met and laughed. Now its become this awful place of bickering and posting nothing but crap. Remember all the conventions we planned and how people on here couldn't wait to meet each other? Now, instead of a trivia community, its become a political battleground. Justin is AWOL yet again and that doesn't help.

I think its time to start voting people off the island.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:35 PM

who made you the decider?

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:43 PM

good night and good luck.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Mon, 21st Sep '09 11:50 PM

Well, Vickie I know you've been around a long as I have taken some of your newbie quizzes. Let me explain myself. The editors invited me as that editor refused to post My quiz about Michelle Obama stating it was an eulogy. I was shocked as I jumped into the fray to see the language. Me being myself, will not back down from anyone. I might also add I was very content to produce quizzes. So if the reference is directed toward me, I will tell you need to talk to Justin. He can easily remedy it. He can produce a forum for political and other hot buttons. How long has this salty dog been around anyway? I joined to take quizzes in 2007.

May I suggest, since you are one of the pioneers, maybe you could ask Justin to give those of us with a little tougher skin a forum to have our Tet-a tets. Voting us off the island is unfair and will not allow a refund. This way it would be a win- win instead of win-lose.

Btw: Your quiz was one of the very first quizzes I took. I remember how excited and happy I was to get a reply from you. I would also like to continue that type of relationship with you for this site. The problem is too me, as I see it, if no one is directly or indirectly talking to those who seem so offended what does it have to do with them? What about those of us exposed to nice, fluffy, cynical, indignation. Do we ask for righteousness/ vindication since we don’t breathe their points of view to be deleted? I don't think so. So let's all move forward in the spirit of community as many may have reservations about me being family.


Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 1:27 AM

I am really upset by some comments made by others about some very personal admissions I made early on in my membership on Sploofus. I joined this site for fun and escapism and what I have gotten lately is nothing but insults and personal attacks. I love the quizzes and I like intelligent dialogue about the policital fabric of our country. I did not expect such polarisation of opinions. I also don't expect intelligent caring people to turn that difference in ideology into personal crusades against individuals who don't share your viewpoint. I am really saddened by this development. I read every day of more and more divisiveness and insults and we are not in high school folks. We are not on Survivor either as some seem to think. I can't even believe myself on my day off pandering to any of this nonsense it is simply not worth it. I am too intelligent for this crap.

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 6:42 AM

On March 30, 2006, I joined Sploofus. My being a huge fan of country music, especially the classic songs and singers, your quizzes, Vickie, you are the reason I joined, and somehow our messaging back and forth we became good friends. You will always be special to me, and you have a heart of gold, and really upbeat personality. I can tell Sploofus has changed since I joined, but I think that just naturally comes when the membership increases. It's sad to see people come and go. As far as the threads, I read what I feel like reading, respond when I feel like it, and if I feel like ignoring a thread, I just go on. I have many thoughts and strong opinions, but prefer to keep them to myself, rather than trying to convince others of them and wasting my time.

Thank you Vickie for being a friend and all of my other Sploofus friends which I will not single out as I'm sure I may unintentionally leave someone out, and you know who you are.

Thanks, Vickie, for being you, and I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 6:48 AM

Thanks for your post Vickie and congratulations on being a "pioneer" of sorts. You are often a ray of sunshine in a sea of gloom so please don't let the politics keep you from posting. I'll take smiles and cheers over Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives, Tories or Pygmies any day.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.1 - Posts: 21589)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 8:11 AM

The nice people like you, Vickie, seldom and should never get nasty comments. Sploofus is not small any more and the small family atmosphee on SD is gone although close ties remain between members. At some point this thing became not Justin's hobby but his living-not blaming him but the 'small' has disappeared like most small,l town tight-knit communities. When you bring your personal experience into a post to make your point and someone disagrees with you probably seems like a personal attack. The whole country is polarized and people are angry, unemployed, and insecure about where our country is going. People identify with the views of public figures and when they are called nasty things seemingly for no other reason but "NASTY" that gets personal too.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.3 - Posts: 5650)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 8:32 AM

In my little list I forgot to add Caramel1, slicko, and Tuzilla...Sorry I left you all out and I'm also sorry this thread has turned political when that was not my intent at all..
Another friend I made here when I first came was Dariana...I don't think she's here anymore. This will be my last post for awhile...Hope everyone has a nice day.

Jeannette  (Level: 114.5 - Posts: 1735)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 8:42 AM

vickie i for one keep out of the bickering i was taught least said the soonest mended ,where else could we make such good freinds i hope you dont go it saddens me to see how meny have gone .a hug for you and as the saying goes keep your chin up x j

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 9:00 AM

Vickie was the first person I met on this wonderful Island. We need more like her!!!!!

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 9:38 AM

Vickie! Happy Anniversary! You are a doll!

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 10:09 AM

Happy anniversary Vickie. I know that we have more than a few rotten apples on here but please don't let them run you off. THEN the bullies have won. I just try to ignore the negative people. That is the only way to deal with them. You certainly cannot join their ranks.....besides who would want to? It is sad actually and I like to think that most of us are above all the petty back stabbing on here. Thanks for being the kind, loving person that you are and bringing sunshine to our island. Hope you have a fabulous uplifting day.

Surreyman  (Level: 272.4 - Posts: 2771)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 10:10 AM

Hi Vickie,

I think I just beat you - June '94 I think I was - entrant number 64 if I remember rightly. Gawd, it does seem a long time back now, don't it!
You're quite right in all you say.
The political discussions didn't even exist then (in fact, at the start, we didn't even have SD!).
But I do also enjoy them. I don't see why they should go off to another area - just get all to keep the discussions sane, as I hope I do.

But, remember all, whatever the moans about Sploofus these days, they're STILL far outweighed by all its wonders. As long as we keep that, we'll be fine!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 12:58 PM

Congratulations on your five-year anniversary, Vickie, and thanks for your positive posts, especially the ones where you get the day started in a good frame of mind.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 3:08 PM

I have been here since 07/13/2007, not as long as a lot of you.I think you Vickie was one of my first friends on here,and I hope that never changes,LOL! There is so many sweet,funny, cool people on here and I have really enjoyed being here!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 9:34 PM

Sploofus is the winner for having you for five years! You're a jewel, a diamond, and one of those blue thingies! haha

Ravensclaw  (Level: 43.0 - Posts: 158)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 9:43 PM

My "friend" Ms Vickie... you are soooo groovy cool!

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Tue, 22nd Sep '09 10:42 PM

Thanks for the over 1500 you have written.

Let's see...
That's 300 a year or almost one a day.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Wed, 23rd Sep '09 12:20 AM

Happy anniversary to you, Vickie! Thank you for all of those wonderful quizzes and for your positive presence here!

-- Geri

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