Greetings Station-wagoners, ExPorygon here! As promised here are the answers to the first batch of questions anonymously submitted to the WSW Question Box.
Q: Can anyone else besides Walfasers join the WSW? What if they like the group, but decide not to use Walfas are aren't into Touhou much? Is there a place for them here?
A: While we once began as a group mainly for Walfas, we have since evolved and had the interests of our members broaden. At this point, the WSW can be considered a Multimedia and Self-Improvment group heavily focused on Walfas and Touhou, but not exclusively.
I suggest to the person that is not is not necessarily interested in these things but thinking about joining that him/her join anyway and see if they feel comfortable. Rest assured, we accept people from a variety of different interests.
Q: What do you think about fanservice in Walfas?
A: Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean by fanservice. If you mean that in the typical sense, as in gratuitous sexualization, then I fail to see that being much of an issue in Walfas (given the non-sexualized default look of characters), with the exception of a few customs that people have made.
If you mean fanservice in a more broad sense, then I would ask you to be a little more specific with examples as I have a hard time telling what exactly you mean.
Q: Why is it such a hassle to say Tracy's name? A majority of people from RC know who he is and what he has done, so why is it such a problem to say names in public?
A: By popular demand, we have disclosed the full story behind Tracy, otherwise known as MrHeart24 in the latest Town Haul. To answer the question as to why, the situation was very delicate and making it public risked escalating the issue, as was made clear in the meeting. Even afterword, this divisive incident is still a very sensitive subject to many.
Many people, especially several of us admins, would prefer to leave this issue behind and not continue to talk about it. However, we decided that the full story needed to be told, but now that it has, we ask that you all leave this issue in the past.
Q: What would it take to become an admin of WSW?
A: The attributes that we of the WSW value in our admins are, first and foremost, community involvement. As the past has shown, admins that do not interact with the community become out of touch, and people begin to wonder why they're admins in the first place. In addition, we value trustworthiness, dedication, and the ability to solve problems swiftly but with a level head. No one is perfect, but all of us strive to embody these traits and more.
Q: This isn't really a question, but I always feel like I'm being a douchebag to everyone and annoying them and if I do I'm really sorry. I just always seem to push people away with my sense of humor and the way I act, and it just makes it hard for me to feel like people enjoy being with me
A: This sounds like a problem that needs to be talked about directly. It's difficult to address this kind of issue adequately with anonymous messages. We encourage you to approach us to talk about this directly. In fact, I'd suggest talking to a number of us at once to get this issue settled. Just contact us through one of the available admins or a group note and we can set up a date.
In the meantime, please remember that no matter what you think you've done, there is always the possibility for improvement. I also believe that it's very likely you are being too hard on yourself.
Q: If I have a *minor* complaint about a specific individual that isn't related to character or conduct (e.g., "Soandso didn't reply to my criticism of thusandsuch."), where would be okay places to post it?
A: Well, to be honest, this is something you should bring up with the person. Have you tried contacting them via comments or notes? As long as you are being polite about it, it's best to be open about these kinds of things.
Q: How can you help someone who can't even trust their admins, if they have some leftover grudge after a while? I'm suffering of this issue. I won't be able to make comics because of this.
A: This is a difficult question to answer. All we can say is try to give us a chance to prove ourselves. If you have any concerns with any of us we strongly encourage you to try talking to us about it. As Roy (ChibioChen) once said, "Rome and trust, neither can be built in a day."
Q: To all admins, do you think the WSW is headed towards prosperity or not?
A: Honestly, it's the members who decide what the WSW is all about. The admins are here for support, but in truth, your attitude makes the wagon move forward or get the wheels stuck in mud. Personally, I say the wagon has been, and will continue to be a fun and productive community to be involved with. The key is for you, the members, to communicate with each other and do what you want to do. We admins are there if you need help decision making or have a problem spring up. We do NOT decide what you do. If the wagon members want something, the wagon will change with the want and need.
Q: Could you have the town haul meetings at an earlier hour? It's not very european friendly to be honest.
A: This was somewhat addressed in Town Haul #3's minutes, but I'll reiterate it here. We are looking to be more accommodating for our European members for the next and future Town Haul meetings. We ask that any member who would prefer a different time for the next Town Haul to post time suggestions, either in the comments or to one of us directly. Eventually, we will host a survey to see which time works for the most members.
Q: What was the WalfasStationWagon's main purpose? Was it merely suppose to be an "Art Share" group, or what it's turned into now?
A: I redirect people to read the answer to the first question, as it's somewhat relevant. Additionally, the group's always been about all things Touhou and Walfas related, using them as a means for creative/personal development through the community. It hasn't really changed in terms of purpose: it's gone through a lot of bumps and people have said a lot of bad things that can change the public's opinion, but we haven't really changed.
Q: Is there a time where a group of people can be promoted to Senior Members? Because I feel like MikiBandy will be a great addition to the team! She is great at helping the mood when the group feels down, she also helps out members and remind them not to step out of line.
A: As much as we agree that Miki Bandy is an excellent leader, she, if you were not already aware, already leads Walfas Club 1. While we are greatful for the assistance that she already provides, we understand that her priorities lie with her own group.
On the subject of "senior members" in general, you don't really "get promoted" to being a senior member. People just recognize you as being around for a long time and being notable about community contributions (and not just works, but helping people out).
Q: I propose putting Brolli's journal walfasstationwagon.deviantart.… as a sticky topic under Group Info.
A: This is under consideration. In fact, I (ExPorygon) had planned to make an addendum to Brolli's original journal entry containing the exact contact info of all of the available admins. Currently, I am still in the process of compiling all of the information for it.
Q: Honestly since the whole WBL part of the Town Haul took so much time that there wasn't much time to cover the others really was bad. To be honest, we should cover the rest of the people in full detail in the next meeting. We need the community to know these other incidents as a way to prevent stuff like that to happen in the future.
A: We don't think we need to devote part of a Town Haul meeting to this so allow us to give you a brief explanation regarding the circumstances surrounding the other bans:
Emmie/ScarletXero - Harassment, Constant dramatic rage quits/account closures, Repeated lying, Rude behavior
UberRobloxMan - Ban evasion, Harrassment, Attention whoring
Spaztique2 - Impersonation, Harrassment, Rude behavior
Q: I'm pretty sure there will be another one of those major problems some time in the future, do you think it'll be handled better?
A: All groups have their problems at some point. But yes, the next time something troublesome like this happens the mods and everyone else should be better prepared to handle it next time. Now that our focus has changed to be more positive, open, and trusting, there should be no mishaps involving member bashing and etc.
Q: So you demand in your journal that nobody bully, harass or gang up on Mr. heart 24...
But it's perfectly fine to gang up and bully WBL?
A: I suppose in the wake of the discussion about Mr.Heart we neglected to mention the same thing about WBL and any other belligerent members. So, to clarify, yes we ask that everyone LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE if for no other reason that they cannot be reasoned with and trying to start fights is just going to make things worse.
In fact, there should be NO harrassment of any kind, regardless of who the person is and what they've done. Such vengeful actions are greatly discouraged as they needlessly drag out issues.
And that's all the questions that have been submitted since the Question Box was established. If you have a question and aren't comfortable with talking to one of us directly, just drop it in the box! The link can be found in the Admins section of the main page. There will be a journal entry like this one every Sunday.