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Do you feel Welcome at Muppet Central?

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by dwayne1115, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    This is a question I have been asking myself of some of our newer, and younger members. One of the great things about being a fan of Jim Henson, and the Muppets is that they attract so many different kind of people. From all across the world men, women, boys, and girls of many different races, religions, and ages have joined this forum in hopes to join like minded Muppet/Henson fans. One reason people join is because sometimes when we share their love of all things Muppets to people who are not fans they get laughed at, mistreated or in some rare cases abused.

    One of the underlining messages of the Muppets is acceptance. On The Muppet Show it did not matter if they where a frog, pig, bear, or even a whatever, they where at the very least giving a chance to show the world who they where, and what they could do. Kermit the frog accepted the faults and failures of not only his friends, but himself whenever he sung the song “It's Not Easy Being Green”

    We here at Muppet Central should be able to feel the same way. Regardless of our age religion, or race we should feel welcome to be able to post on the forum, as long as we abide by simple rules that have been set in place for our own good.

    It is very easy to label people, who we may not understand, or even know. Names such as weird, odd crazy, or even spammer have been used throughout the forum, and some folks have started to feel so unwelcome here at the forum that they feel they can not post on here because whatever they post will get made fun of, put down, or just deleted due to there past actions. I personally feel that there needs to be more tolerant respectful,and patient towards everyone. I also feel that this should go across the board from the oldest member, to the newest member.

    So again I ask do you feel welcome here at Muppet Central, and if not what is it that we could do to help change that?
  2. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    I would love for my friends to be able to post again!
  3. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I feel very welcome here at Muppet Central.
  4. fozzieisfunny

    fozzieisfunny Well-Known Member

    Hmm... I used to feel very welcome at Muppet Central.. but, now I don't, because of one person I can't really say the name of. But, I totally agree with Dwayne. Some people are feeling very unwelcome on this forum, and they feel they can't post. I know many people like that, and I hope that we can try to prevent that from happening... because, I don't want it to happen to anyone else.
  5. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I could not agree more. I'm thankful for those that made me feel welcome here. But when I first came back two years ago, it took a little time to establish some rapport. But sometimes friendships need some time to take root.

    Try as you might, not just here, or any other website, but anywhere you go in this world- school, college, church, work, even at home- not EVERYBODY is going to be your friend, not EVERYBODY is going to like you, not EVERYBODY is going to support and agree with you 100% of the time. Not trying to bring anybody down or disillusion you, just trying to inject a little reality into the equation. And it may have nothing to do with you. It's just the way the world is. Some people you might want to be friends with may not want to be friends with you. Not for anything you might have done, that's just how it is.

    Ther have been a few examples of people here who have deliberately gone to great lengths to be obnoxious, confrontational, immature, or unfriendly. Luckily those people a few and far between, and a few bad apples shoudn't ruin a good time for everybody.

    The best you can be is yourself. Stay positive, keep an open mind and open heart, and you'll find enough people to welcome you here to make your visit worthwhile. It might take some effort on EVERYBODY'S part (mine too) but it could be well worth it.
    galagr and Muppet Master like this.
  6. Muppetjente

    Muppetjente Well-Known Member

    I feel welcome here
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  7. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    And LGBT people, although twice left out of this greeting, are certainly welcome too. ;)
  8. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    Thank you as a gay boy, I thank you for that kind remark!
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  9. Muppet Master

    Muppet Master Well-Known Member

    I didn't feel awfully welcome my first month here (for reasons I won't name), but afterwards things got much better. I think the key to warming up here is to follow some people and just be kind.
    LaniArianna likes this.
  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I am sorry that I forgot that. I agree that they are also welcome here on the forum, and did not mean to leave them out of my post.
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  11. Dominicboo1

    Dominicboo1 Well-Known Member

    It's quite alright Dwayne. I like you a lot, because you're a very Christian person, but doesn't make it sound like I'd go to you-know-where just because I love boys. Some do, or maybe they just use religion as an excuse, since some of the people that support most are devout Christians.
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  12. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    I appreciate what is happening right now and everybody should share their thoughts of how it feels to be welcomed.

    Two years ago, I tried to come here every day, but I felt like a stranger and unwelcome. People these days I felt were going to come and make some nasty comments about me. I won't name them, but there were new MC members that made feel like a victim of this forum. When I tried to make a comment, they say something terrible back to me.

    I did however felt welcome at Muppet Central again right after those terrible dumb new people were gone.
  13. Eyeball

    Eyeball Well-Known Member

    I feel welcome but some of my freinds on here really do not due to certain people (who will not be named) which is never nice.
  14. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    We're all one big family. I'm more of the Gonzo in it. :concern:
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  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Well that is kind of the reason I have been thinking about this, because we are kind of like a family. However if one of our family members are hurt, and maybe don't know how to communicate how they feel then they need to be giving a open door to be able to do so.
    I think that it can be easy to forget that people who are on here have feelings, and even some may be more sensitive then others. Which there is nothing wrong with, but we have to be able to see it and learn from it.
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  16. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    A little image I mocked up when a friend of mine asked what I believed in...


    :jim: We're all connected. :)
  17. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Can someone please tell me why some of the posts have been deleted? I can see that at least one or two of them have been deleted, and I would honestly like to know why.
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  18. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Sorry for double posting, but the more I think about this the more I get upset. Someone came here and shared how they have not felt welcome here, and why and that gets deleted. No warning, no slap on the wrist just deleted with no explanation. Which makes me think that some of the reports I have been hearing from some younger,and newer members are true. They feel that some folks here don't respect, understand or even want them around here,which is sad. This place more then others should be about acceptance,and tolerance. Instead we just label folks spammers which seems to the like the unforgivable sin.

    So I ask do we want younger new members or do we need to put an age restriction on the forums that anyone younger then 18 need not to become members.That's what it's starting to look like as well which again is also very sad. I honestly think some things need to change around here, because if we can't be more tolerant then why are we even here.
  19. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    We are supposed to be like a family or an o'hana if that's what I want to call it. Nobody needs to be left behind in Muppet Central. What I don't understand is why do new members want to us unwelcome?

    I don't want to hurt any new members, but I also don't want to embarrass or even humalilate regular Muppet Central members either. I just can't decide what to do with the new members.
  20. JimAndFrank

    JimAndFrank Well-Known Member

    I joined this forum when I was 16 and I think it was more the fact that I was hesitant than anything else that made me feel a little unwelcome.

    I kinda needed to assess where my place was and who I could trust. Once I found those, I was quite happy and I still am, over a year later :)

    I don't have to hide here and I don't mind being criticised as long as it is constructive. I'll always feel welcome because the members here are far more tolerable than any I know personally.

    My advice is to be yourself and to be respectful of those around you. Having a difference of opinion is not a sin as long as it is within reason.
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