MICROWIKI – In marking his seventh month of participation within the MicroWiki group of micronations, Mcarthia President ANTHONY CLARK has voiced his belief that the community is facing difficulty and requires reform.
On October 15, Clark released his reflective “Seven Month Thoughts” speech to the community, in which he lambasted the Yellow Bear Micronational, a five-year old Skype chat room that has historically been one of the most dominant chat groups for MicroWiki participants. He derided the chat group as being “directly and indirectly” the cause of what he perceived as the community’s current languishing.
“The [Yellow Bear Micronational] is not a pleasant place. Anyone who arrives that doesn’t fit in with the ingrained political views is pounced upon fiercely …” Clark opined, specifically referring to a prank, which he said originated in the chat group, to force Ned Greiner out of the community.
He suggested that the chat group has lost a core level of respect for its participants by allowing them to behave as they choose. “I’m not so sure,” Clark said in rhetorically answering his question as to whether this practice of unmoderated participation was wise. “I believe that any human being … is entitled to a base level of respect. I don’t think that this respect is shown in many places within the community,” he charged.
To this end, Clark proposed a “3C” approach to help reverse this trend while addressing other concerns he has observed to date within the community: cooperation, collaboration, and creation.
Suggesting that less-experienced members of the community are avoiding the chat group due to the lack of respect, and thus avoiding a potentially useful developmental resource, Clark suggested that a reversal in attitude would form a new pillar of cooperation. He suggested that experienced members need to cease any ranting criticisms of newcomers, which detracts from fostering the cooperative atmosphere he seeks.
Clark used such cooperation to launch into his next point – collaboration – suggesting that the community organizations that have generally succeeded in the past have encouraged more experienced micronations to adopt a mentoring role. “The younger members have creativity and energy, the older ones have sensibility and knowledge. Put the two together, and we’ve already seen that good things happen,” he suggested. He also called for micronationalists to undertake increased collaboration on individual projects, in order to spread the burden and therefore allow the project a better chance of long-term success.
Finally, by creating a cooperative and collaborative environment, Clark’s final “C” – creation – would be naturally attained, perhaps igniting a renewed vigor for the community which was implied as presently lacking.
Clark’s comments have been positively received by his fellow community members as of press time.