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Very good point. We need to respect everyone's opinion no matter how strongly we agree or disagree. There is a limit between giving your honest opinion and being rude. I know a lot of people including myself are not minding that borderline as much as we should.
Example poll thread (fake) :
I just adopted a new webkinz lion and i need help naming him. Please vote on these names that i thought of
paul: no offense but those names are terrible, i don't like any of them.
alice: Hi, congratulations on getting a new webkinz Those are some pretty good names you thought of, but i also have some suggestions of my own that you might consider
(i'm lazy so i'm not going to come up with good names )
list of names
good luck finding a name
Notice that both posters have the same opinion, but express it way differently.
Paul just went out and said she hated the names that paul came up with without even caring to try not to hurt bob's feelings or even help him. "no offense" is like saying " I'm going to say something mean to you so don't get mad at me" It doesn't help at all.
Alice didn't like the names either, but notice that she also complemented the hard work that bob went through finding pet names and also gave some names that would be more fitting to help him out.
Alice was being more considerate and thoughtful of Bob's feelings. If you sometimes have trouble saying that you don't like something without hurting that person, i have a few tips.
1. Use smiley faces If you post a message that could be interpreted two ways, smiley faces help show that you care
2. Recognize the significance of their work or opinion. If somebody likes blueberry pie but you think that is gross, you know that you like cherry pie which they might think is gross. Or they worked hard on a ww room that you don't like. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Compliment what they think/do knowing that everybody probably likes or makes something that others can't help not agreeing with.
3. Give them ideas or help. If somebody made a graphic that you think was poorly made, give them ideas on how to improve it. For example you could tell them to add a border or some more color. Or maybe they really like a movie that you think is lame. Tell them some movies that you like that they might also like. Example: "you like elmo? cool, i think you might also like finding nemo"
4. Make sure to add some frosting . Use nice words and get rid of rude sarcasm. Change your "i don't like that singer" to "they sing well, but i have other favorites" or turn "i don't really like the picture you drew" to "You're doing good, but you could make it even better if you add so and so."
I know we can all work on this including myself. If you see some comments that you think shouldn't have been worded the way they were, stand up for the person that is being criticized unfairly.
Thank you if you read my post, i know it looks a little, uh, huge
I love to debate, and go back and forth with other people who are up for debating..but my heart always goes out for the 'underdog'. (I guess because I was one so many times as a kid) I just can't stand seeing someone who may not be as savvy or part of the in-crowd getting picked on. I guess I'm just trying to say to look out for the people here who may need to be built up, or protected.
I understand the honesty aspect, but there are levels of honesty that may or may not be fitting. For instance, you would tell a 4 year old a different level of your honest opinion than you would a 30 year old. There should be an awareness of tact and discernment. On this site, there are many levels of what might be the right amount of 'honesty'. I'm probalby not explaining this very well. Sorry.
I understand perfectly what you are saying Desty. The only problem is that since we are not allowed to tell our ages here, we have no idea if we should be offering the 13 year old version of "honesty" or the 58 year old version of "honesty".
Yeah, I've seen a lot of rude comments. example (Such as "No, I HATE that..ewwwww how could you like that!!!!! " When the user had, as an example, said they loved...SQUID.)
Especially on the DCTs. A lot of people, when I had silver stars, would ignore me. I felt like that was the reason; posts. (That is really dumb, I have to say. Posts, reps, even AVATARS don't make up who you are! It's, as was said, how you act to people.) People were really rude to the people who had not a lot of posts: they would just ignore them. Or just say "heyyyy. ;P". I have seen people ask people about weight and stuff and get them in trouble, for example, again. Also there were a couple arguments when I was on a lot during the summer; I being in one single one over my whole time of being on WI. (it was just about this person saying they liked a certain thing, I said "I don't really like it. " And them arguing back at me. I won't go into detail just in case) Anyway, everyone here on WI should be friends here. Most of use here should also have a thing in come! We love webkinz! So, we should, naturally, all be friends, not enemies.........
Thank you for the reminder, Desty.
People have different likes and dislikes, that's what makes us all unique. Please respect the opinion of others. How would you feel if someone said something hurtful to you?
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Originally Posted by Hibiscus
OK I have a quick question. I keep seeing "DCT" being mentioned in this thread. What is a "DCT"?
The daily chat thread. The Mods/Admins make one each day. You can talk about anything on there. Located in the open mike section.
I agree with the fact that there is a potential of honesty being interpretted into rudeness, but I am sure a poster can monitor themself enough to sound less rude. You can always sugar-coat without lying. pup115 is absolutely correct.
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