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Old 05-24-2018   #1
NCZ
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Default Regarding voice compare comments

All right, I had to make a thread on this because I noticed it's becoming more of an issue and I've had other users express the same sentiment to me.

I'm not going to give specific examples because this isn't directed at anyone specifically, but you can look at recently made/created voice compare comments and get a feel for what I mean.

Years ago I remember there was an issue with someone who was taking my comments and then copying them and passing them off as their own. I asked them to stop because it weirded me out and that was the end of that. If this was in school that'd be plagiarism. You wouldn't do that, would you?

The thing is now it's becoming a widespread thing. On so many voice compares it's frustrating to me to see that so many comments just feel like people are copying and rewording other people's comments or the Editor's Opinion*. This is sad to me because this isn't what the goal of a voice compare is set out to be. I like comments when people can talk about their personal connection to a role, or what they feel makes the performance work for a character. I like seeing people who are unafraid to say something unusual and explain why, inciting discussion and creativity in the process.

(*I actually didn't do an Editor's Opinion for a few VCs to see if it would mitigate the issue, but what happened was the first commenter would get copied.)

We live in an age where all the information in the world is at our fingertips and almost any topic or opinion can become a hot button. We also live in an age where everyone has their own little community. It's easy to fall into groupthink because you want to fit in with the crowd. But in that age, it's just as important to remember it's okay to not be 100% knowledgeable on everything. No one is. You don't have to feel obligated to comment on something if you aren't the most familiar with it or don't feel that strongly. You don't have to feel like copying the crowd is the be-all-end-all. If you agree with someone else's comment but don't have much more to add, you can use the Shout Out function. To be blunt, we don't need a half-dozen comments that are all essentially repeating the same point. After that point it all just becomes noise.

Just a tip so people can be mindful when commenting in the future. Because to be honest, when people are taking what are clearly someone else's words and then putting them in their own mouth, it's usually pretty obvious.
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