So we’ve been pranked by Brokeback & Juicy Inc. and now the feelings are mixed, although I tend to sense that there is more outrage than laughter. That probably has to do with being on the receiving end of the prank. I’d just like to let everyone know that I wasn’t let in on it. I was pranked the same as everyone else. There are two sides to it:
- It was a prank – deal with it and laugh it off
- Due to the website’s topic, many members have had previous brushes with suicides so this type of prank hit a little too close to home
I’d be in full favor of laughing it off, cause that’s what being a good sport is about, but at the same time I want to express that I do understand those who feel rather outraged. From my personal standpoint, I’d like to thank Brokeback and Juicy for taking time of their day to plan this ahead of time and working as a team to get us all riled up. Their intent was not mean and just as any prank, it was meant to spice things up a bit. It’s April Fools’ Day after all.
But at the same time I do understand where those who feel upset are coming from. Many spent a lot of time worrying, even incurring financial losses to help resolve the situation. This is something that can’t be taken lightly. It just leads us to a Catch 22 – there are no winners. You’re fucked if you do, you’re fucked if you don’t. So let’s focus on what this prank has taught us.
The Power of BG Community
I think we can all be extremely proud of what we have demonstrated over the last one and a half day here at Best Gore. As an online community, we came together and showed that if need calls for it, we are here for one another and will not hesitate to offer a landing hand. People were ready to travel, to send money, to make phone calls, to offer a place to stay – unconditionally. That says a lot about us as a whole. We are not ignorant to the needs of another and after seeing all the bad shit that happens around the world as documented on this site, what we have manifested on Best Gore shows that there IS hope.
And for that I like to give massive, massive props to each and every one of you.
Once Is Enough
We all knew the first day of April was upon us and many suspected it could have been a prank, but there still was this – “what if it’s not a prank” bug in the back of our heads. Just because it’s April 1, it doesn’t mean bad shit stops happening to people. And so it lead to people thinking that if it’s not a joke and I could have saved life but I didn’t cause I mistook it for a funny, I’d never forgive myself. That’s what I believe pushed people into ignoring the possibility of a prank and taking action because it’s better to “be safe rather than sorry”.
For that reason, I’d say we chalk this prank up as a funny, but we refrain from this type of behavior in the future because the effects could be detrimental. People who tried to help now will think twice next time around to spare themselves from the headache and financial burden they’ve incurred the last time they’d genuinely tried to save someone else’s life. This simply must not be an option. People thinking twice about helping someone to avoid getting pranked could lead to a tragedy.
Crackdown on Unrelated Comments
While I’m at making announcements, I’d like to make it official that I will be cleansing the comment section of the posts to restore former high standard of comments. Comments that are completely unrelated to the topic discussed, as well as those made just to make an appearance in the comments and other similar douchebaggery will be dealt with accordingly.
I take a lot of time researching and writing my posts so if you can’t be bothered and meet me half way with the same, then what’s the point of commenting? There are many commenters who do take time to write their posts and they greatly contribute to the discussion, but their comments are often buried in a slew of bullshit that has nothing to do with discussed subject matter or what derived from it.
This crackdown is not meant to discourage commenting, but to encourage quality commenting and to bring back old school commenters who don’t comment anymore because of the reason stated earlier in this section. We all will benefit if we don’t need weed through useless comments to get to the good ones. We spend a lot of time on the site, let’s make it the best it can be. Together.
Let me know what you think,