Many of us "veterans" tried to help out, but we got pelted with crap from people who just wanted to shill their own **** and not give back to the group, something against the principles of the FF.
That's a good example of why the Customs area at Scum's so goddam disappointing.
A lot of "Hey, that is great!" posts and that's it. Not that one-line posts that took 0 thought are uncommon in general over yonder, but it was in the customizing area where it became downright irritating.
There's a handful of guys who only want to hear "hey, that's great", and that's it. They're the guys that if you do offer criticism constructively they don't reply to you at all because that's not what they're there to do. They often don't go in-depth in explaining how they created something either. Gotta love that kind of personality.
The whole thing of just praising people's work without ever talking about it just blew so hard though, and then some people even getting "offended" when you gave opinions on it that weren't solid praise... I think it's just that people either didn't want to be offensive and were shy about criticism or they were just more post-padders (who'da thunk that huh?), so the whole thing just fell apart.
FFURG is a place for learning though... Plus it's nice to just see customizers controlling their forum. I hated that Philip ran the goddam Listserver when it was up and active even because he did NOTHING to curb off-topic traffic and the like. I absolutely hated that (and it's that very inactivity that killed the old listserver as well... It's that same blind eye he turns to the Forums at Scum. He doesn't give a **** so he doesn't put forth effort on these projects of his).
The Email Server, in its death throws, was the biggest cluster**** on the internet if you can imagine that. It degenerated into pretty much a place for people to talk about Star Wars (anything and everything) and clog your email box... You also had the obligatory bafoon sending SPAM or chain letters and such to the list too... I like that FFURG controls 1000+ member forum that holds something true to the old list server's intent, and that Philip has nothing to do with as far as the way it is run. It's run by customizers, as it should be.