Hello, my lovely kitties! Momcat is back in the house after a looooong - too
long - vacation. And she is somewhat dismayed at how messy things have become since she's been away. Tsk, tsk, tsk, just look at this place. What has the CAT turned into?
I freely admit, some of it is my fault. I've gotten lazy, both in my handling of the spot (or lack, thereof) and in holding others accountable and encouraging thoughtfulness and respect on all sides (especially the antis). And for that, I am very sorry. I haven't been much of a Momcat lately...but I promise, I will do my best to reconnect with you and help get the CAT back on track.
Dragonclaws posted an extremely thoughtful, convicting article
about how exactly the CAT has taken a turn for the worst. Please go read it if you haven't already. It's very eye-opening and will help give you a better idea of where we're at and what we need to fix.
Like I said when I commented on it, the CAT can't get cleaned up unless we all work at it as a team. I have several ideas, but I need input from my fellow kitties, too! So let's all put our heads together and see what we can come up with.
Here's what I've brainstormed so far.
Idea #1 - A CAT defense squad.
A small group of friendly, committed kittens who'd be willing to regularly check up on the spot, watch for bashing content or comments and jump in to correct things whenever necessary.
Idea #2 - Our own, personal, CAT superhero.
This one's more fun than practical, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. Basically, I'd make a fanpop account specifically for our "superhero". Whenever a CAT member sees something inappropriate for our spot - whether it's a comment, image, or anything else - they can message me for the email and password, log into the superhero account, and use it to intervene. Before using it, however, they must swear a solemn oath to never abuse their superhero power, to be mature and respectful with it, and only use it for the good of the CAT.
Idea #3 - Changing the tagline.
Dragonclaws' article had a very good point about it. The tagline could definitely be better. I've already tried to change it, but for some reason it's not working. If someone could help get me in contact with one of the Fanpop Four so I could ask them to change it, that would be great. Also, if any of you have ideas for what the new tagline should say, please shoot 'em at me!
Idea #4 - A peace offering to Twi-fans.
Or maybe a "pro-Twilight" day. Basically, a time where we all try to find something nice to say about Twilight, or look at its good points. Maybe write a soapbox about your favorite character and why you like him/her, or a team project where we find, say...50 good things about Twilight (whether it's a theme, an excerpt you like, etc), put them all in an article and present it to the Twilight spot. Not only would it be a kind gesture to Twi-fans and give them a chance to shine, but it could also prove to be a fun challenge to the antis. ;-)
I'm also revising the rules a little bit and trying to make them more clear and specific.
And those are all the ideas I have time to share at the moment. Any thoughts, feedback or ideas of your own would be WONDERFUL. Talk to me, kitties! Help me out!