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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Where do I go from here?173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
You're thirteen. Why are you worrying about this now? Stop agonizing about your future. You want to do something artistic with your life when you grow up? Great, start now. Find an artform you love and immerse yourself in it. Google "deliberate practice" and "10,000 hours".
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Attention All Dwellers of the UK!173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Or, instead of asking people to do your work for you and then getting angry at them because you only skimmed and therefore missed crucial information, you could do your homework yourself. Just a suggestion.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Hiding beliefs173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Ah, I don't necessarily hide it from most people, I just don't bring it up unless it comes up naturally. It's funny, I know the Bible better than most kids in my school so several people have assumed I'm Christian. In fact, the worst experience I've had with proselytizing was on one of those occasions, after I corrected a girl who assumed that, since I had read the Bible, I must be Christian. She assured me that "I was only saying that" and "could not possibly" really believe that God did not exist. I hadn't even known she was Christian until she assumed I was.

I haven't told my parents yet. Not because I'm afraid, but because I'm concerned. It would break my mom's heart, as she takes her baptismal vows very seriously. She would view my atheism as her own personal failure, to me and to her faith. I go out of my way to get the Christianity - even the Papal Bulls category - right on Jeopardy, but it's not enough. She probably suspects, but to go out and say it would just make it so concrete and final. I can't do that to her.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago First Year of High School173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Well, I'm American, and while high schools here are slightly different, the fears you have are the same ones that I experienced when I was starting high school.

Changing classes isn't so bad, and is probably something you're going to grow to love. Try and find a school map (maybe on your school's website, in an orientation packet, or in the main office). Get a solid understanding of how your school is mapped out, to the point that if someone asked you where a certain room is, you would have a rough idea where it is located. Does your school have multiple buildings? Distinct wings? Are classrooms for similar subjects all in the same hallway? For some reason, a lot of people don't realize that the first digit in a room's number is the floor number, eg Room 219 is on Floor 2. If you have a copy of your schedule and locker number already, try and find those on the map, and the best way to move between them. If you know any current students at your high school, ask them for tips about getting around your particular school. For example, at mine it's a typical niner mistake (more on that later) to use a certain hallway that is known for getting extremely congested, to the point that it's typically quicker to walk all the way to the other side of the school to get around it.
Unlike elementary school, you are going to have to carry your bookbag around all day. Don't depend on your locker; sometimes they are awesome, sometimes they are not. Last semester mine was in such a bad spot (complete different floor than all of my classes) that I only used it when I had something large/delicate that I didn't want to carry around all day. If you get a bad locker, try trading with a friend. At best you'll only be able to hit your locker a few times a day, so try and plan out what you take with you. Changing classes (and lugging your stuff between them) may take a bit to get used to, but you'll get the hang of it quickly. Most teachers are pretty lenient towards lateness during the first few days of school anyway.

I didn't get ninered too bad (though I'm a girl, which could have something to do with it), but I know people that did and they generally made one of the following mistakes:

1) Joined a sports team. They tend to bully the freshmen (grade 9s) more than any other organization, we call it "hazing" here in the States. Most think it's worth it and go on to as upperclassmen to haze freshmen. It supposedly develops a bond, or something. Frosh usually get the worst/all of the chores, etc. I've never heard of anything too bad happening at my school.

2) Walked around like grade 9s. You can't get ninered if no one knows you are a target. Walk on the proper side of the hallways, don't loudly discuss how different high school is from elementary, absolutely don't walk around with a map out (if you need to consult it duck into a bathroom or something), etc. If you can avoid it, don't ask questions, except of other freshmen or older friends. Act like you know your way around and how things work. The phrase "fake it till you make it" sums up the life of a niner.

At least in my school, people joke about bullying freshmen way more than they actually bully freshmen, at most it was some teasing.

Best of luck in high school! After a month it will feel rather routine, like you've been attending all your life.

EDIT: I disagree with Aiur about the bathrooms. Even as a girl (and we generally take longer then boys, apparently), the only times I wasn't able to fit in a bathroom break were if I was crossing the entire building (I had a really nasty fourth/fifth switch one semester - from one side of the first floor to the opposite side of the third) or stopping at my locker. I suppose it can vary from school to school, but mine is pretty large - three floors composed of around twenty wings/corridors, plus typical school stuff such as offices, gym, central courtyard, etc.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago SEO173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I often read that content should precede traffic. After all, who cares how many readers you have if there is nothing for them to read? Add several more chapters and improve your site, then begin networking within the online fiction community, backlinking, etc.

Also, you should try and make your site more accessible and intuitive. If you can, change the link structure to remove the date, that will make it easier for people to find specific chapters (ie, godbloodseries.blogspot.com/chapter-1.html instead of godbloodseries.blogspot.com/2011/07/chapter-1.html). When dealing with your sort of blog, having dates anywhere is utterly useless, because most of your content (excluding metacontent such as progress reports) will be "evergreen". As such, your current blog archive widget is completely useless. They usually are, yet for some reason they are ubiquitous.

To hook in new users, you need to make the site attractive. Its appearance shouldn't matter, but unfortunately it does. Right now it looks very "default", like this is a site you made in five minutes and didn't put an awful lot of effort into, which is a very bad (and incorrect) impression. Try drawing or taking a photo to use as a relevant banner.

Currently, the first thing a new user sees is the first chapter, but soon that will be pushed away by later chapters, which will be confusing and possibly spoilerific for a new user. Try and add a short blurb at the top of your blog, with a link to the beginning of your novel. You have a weekly release schedule, which is good, but you have your RSS links hidden down at the bottom of the page, far away from the email subscription box, which is bad. Try and get all of your subscription stuff where your email subscription widget now is. If you're releasing one chapter a week, readers may forget parts of what has already happened, especially if this is a very long series or one with many minor characters. Prominently displayed links to background information (character sheets, setting information, etc) could help relieve frustration.

Your layout could be better. The left sidebar is nearly empty, yet a lot of important content is shoved to the bottom of the page. The search should be somewhere prominent near the top, where it is on most sites. The "popular posts" widget is pretty useless on your type of blog because posts are mostly linear. Instead, try and edit each post to have a link to the next chapter.
Adding an about page or an "about the authors" blurb will make users feel more connected to you and your story.

Sorry that was all rather disjointed, I typed it all out as I was reading through your site. As for general SEO information, you would be better off asking Google.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Please help, really lost. ^^173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Something no one else has mentioned is that many American colleges place a very high importance on extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are things you do outside of the classroom; sports teams, school clubs, etc. While at some colleges, your grades and standardized test scores are all the admissions officers consider, at others (the really top universities, the so-called "tier one") they are more of a prerequisite for admission and extracurriculars are what really count. If you pick extracurriculars you like, then they are a ton of fun and a great way to meet people. Just be sure to find some stuff at your school or in your community that interests you.

College admissions in America are rather different than in most of the world, including Korea.

We use a different numbering system then in most other countries. In America, the second year of high school is Grade 10 or sophomore year, and the final is Grade 12, or senior year. Tests are always important in America, not just the second to last year, because there is no high school exit exam or college entrance exam, and colleges instead get a copy of your transcripts, which is all your classes from high school along with the grades you received in them. We do take SAT and/or ACT exams, as Drostie mentioned, but you'll find that they are very different from what you would have taken in Korea. I've taken the SAT, and it mostly tests how well you take tests. There is a reason that the reading section is properly called "critical reasoning", that all the test actually evaluates. Most students take these during eleventh grade, so you won't have to worry about those yet. Grade 11, or Junior year, is your most important year in high school. Twelfth grade is college applications time.

Be sure to talk to your guidance counsellor. The advice they give you won't always be stellar, but they should be able to give you a really good rundown of how high school and college admissions work in the US.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Want to ask a girl out...173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
As a girl, I can tell you that most girls would appreciate you asking them out face-to-face. In fact, they may not take you seriously otherwise although a phone call may be acceptable, it varies by person. Bonus points if you don't bring any friends. If you can't sum up the courage (which would be understandable, it's a huge step) just try and spend more time with her until you are comfortable asking her out.

Keep it simple for your first date. If any of your friends are going out with someone, try and get a double or group date together, it will be less awkward for all involved, especially since this girl is already your friend. If you go that route, just make sure she knows someone (besides you) who is going. Otherwise, try and keep your date simple. Go to a party, see a movie, etc. Save special stuff for later on down the road. Be prepared to pay, but don't insist on it if she wants to pay for herself.

I don't have any experience with the brother issue, but asking permission has a bad connotation. I would not like it if I found out one of my brother's friends asked him for permission to date me. A headsup may be a better idea.

Good luck!
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Rating system173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
It works the exact same way as comment and post ratings, but is about the user as whole. The same general guidelines and ratings criteria apply to user ratings as to posts and comments. If you haven't read those yet, the can be found half way down the page for The Rules. Your user rating isn't based strictly on what people rate you as, I believe that your post and comment ratings are factored in some how, but I don't know any specifics.

As for increasing your rating, it is best to remember that ratings don't really matter for anything.



If you still wish to increase your rating, the best way is just to be a fun and contributing member of the community. If people like you, your rating will go up. If they don't, it'll go down. Anything lower than a yellow and Fig Hunter probably isn't for you. Newbies generally spend time as brown, and then often get bumped up to a blue if they spend a lot of time in the chat. More polarizing members generally stay a brown, or bounce between yellow, brown, and blue. Green is usually a fluke.
Quality members get high ratings, not members that post in great quantity. Some members think that posting lots and lots of stuff, or rambling and artificially filling their posts will fluff will get them a good rating. It won't. That is not to say length is a bad thing; it's excellent, as long as it is made up of relevant, contributive stuff. Also, it is crucial to follow the rules and use good English. You don't seem to have any problems in either of those areas, so you are off to a good start.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Trolls List173.49.XXX.XXX6 years ago
While this is a wonderful idea, it is rather counter-productive as a troll-fighting technique. Trolls want recognition. They want to see that they successfully caused someone distress, which will inspire them to continue their trollful activities.

A more effective strategy is something called Revert, Block, Ignore, which works on the principle that trolls without satisfaction aren't trolls for long. Basically, RBI advocates 1) Undoing trolls' work, then 2) Blocking their access to the site (via account or IP bans), and 3) acting as if they never existed. That is the most important and most effective part of RBI. Trolls that don't see people get upset about what they have done get bored and move elsewhere.

Following RBI, the best thing to do if you see a troll is to (privately) contact Pseudo, probably via PM. Don't downrate the troll or its posts/comments, don't write them upset PMs or userpage comments, don't berate them in the chat room, and don't make threads dedicated to cataloguing their exploits. Since Pseudo is on vacation, there is probably going to be a significant wait between when you send him a PM reporting a troll and when he takes action. In the meantime, someone used to have something that would let him mute people in chat, if you ask around you may be able to download yourself a copy.
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Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby, Chaotic Good Scientist – joined 8 years ago Countries stereotypes?173.49.XXX.XXX7 years ago
I am an American. As such, I am fat, stupid, and only roll off of my couch to replenish my stock of hamburgers or go to Walmart. And when I go to Walmart (and someone else's home, school/work, my mailbox, etc.), I drive there in a big sport-utility vehicle. While on my couch, I watch football, basketball, NASCAR, and baseball. Football is always played using your hands, and that terrible game called soccer is for sissies and children.

I am both ignorant and arrogant. I am loud, uncultured, butcher the English language, and a religious nut (we call them 'Jesus Freaks' here, providing they are Christian, but I don't know if that term is prevalent elsewhere). I am a zealous Christian, and believe you should be one, too, and will convert you and vote for laws that treat everyone like a Christian.

I believe my country is vastly superior to all others, and that makes me superior to the people of all other countries. It also gives us the right to meddle in their affairs, even if the government or people of the nation don't request our assistance. Speaking of other countries, according to my awesome American map there are approximately four: China, who makes the things we buy; Mexico, which is where those terrible illegals who do the jobs *true* Americans refuse to take come from; India, whose people steals our jobs; and Russia, which is full of dirty commies. To show my love for my super awesome country, I display flags in my front yard, wear American flag-printed clothing, and regularly pledge allegiance.

I don't know an awful lot about world issues (Who cares about the world? It's outside US borders!), but that won't prevent me from joining a conversation about them, and "contributing" pointless/false/off-topic drivel to whomever is unfortunate enough to listen. And I have a right to say whatever! Because the first (and most awesome) amendment to my awesome country's awesome constitution guarantees me that right! And the U.S. constitution always applies no matter where I am! Canada, France, the internet, wherever!

Because it is my patriotic right to do so, I own at least three totally awesome guns, and regularly go on hunting trips. Because killing animals is great fun.





But honestly, most Americans aren't like that, at least not in my region of the country. Something a lot of people from other countries (with a few exceptions, such as Russia or China) fail to realize is the actual size of America. They may see it on the map and notice it's unusually large, but people from other countries typically fail to realize how large it truly is (We can ride for days and not get from coast to coast), and the consequences of such a large size. Where as European countries are bordered by several countries, each with distinct cultures and languages, America is only bordered by two. But within America, there are a great deal of unofficial regional borders, where geographical differences cause large differences in culture. For example, France is bordered by (among others) Belgium, Spain, and Germany, each of which have very distinct cultures from France and each other. The Mid-Atlantic region of the USA (where I live) is bordered by the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast, each of which have very distinct cultures from the Mid-Atlantic and each other. The US's regions are a good deal like countries. By the way, most stereotypes of Americans tend match pretty closely with stereotypes that many Americans have of Southerners and people from the Midwest. But those stereotypes are often wrong, as stereotypes tend to be; I vacation in the South somewhat often, and I rarely meet uncultured hicks.

Many complaints about America are valid, but you can't judge a people solely on the actions of it's government (Former president Bush, for example, had a very low approval rating that often hovered around 20%, if memory serves), and you can't judge a person just by their nationality.

I, for example, don't fit an awful lot of American stereotypes. In fact, I think the only ones I mentioned that apply to me are watching football (I sometimes watch American football. I'm not really a sports person, though, and don't go for much else besides soccer/international football.) and butchering the English language. I spell and pronounce words in a distinctly American way, though apparently I have a wierd accent. I hope I'm neither ignorant or arrogant, but I it's sort of hard to judge your own ignorance or arrogance.

Anyway, I really don't like stereotypes. While they can be fun to joke about, actually using them is terrible and a really ignorant thing to do. On most websites, I avoid designating myself as an American (sometimes to the point of avoiding using words such as 'humorous' or 'defence' so that my spelling doesn't give me away), because I know that many users will instantly begin to judge me based on where I live rather than how I present myself.
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