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avatar WillowDear
Level 18 : Journeyman Hunter
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On the outside, Planet Minecraft may seem like the perfect gaming community. Barely any haters, so many heart emotes, almost everyone being polite and complimented each other, it seems like a whole other world than normal Minecraft. But once you look past those sugar-coated hearts and dozens of hundreds of positive, lovely comments, there's more than meets the eye. Sorry if I'm a little harsh here, but I'm trying to be honest. I will probably get some minor bash for this, but I don't care. I wanna "spread the word". Thanks for understanding. If you do.
GENERICITY
If you go to the first page of trending skins, you will see some outstanding stuff from many talented skinners. But it you look at it for a while and spend some time in the community, you will begin to see patterns, that, to some, could even be considered "disturbing". For example, how many teenage female skins did you see on the trending page? Check. Don't really. Although it probably varies from the time I'm writing this to the point when you're reading this, I saw 20 on the first page, 21 if you count an interchangeable gender. That's 21/23, in case you were wondering, which is quite a lot. An almost frightening amount. As a test, I asked people to make interchangeable gender skins, as requests, and out of two of them, both had female designs, and one was listed as female, completely ignoring my request. The other was listed as other, although It distinctly had a feminine design. Some skinners even go as far as to say they will not take male requests. Although this may just be skill, it's not that hard to switch a girl skin to a boy skin, you see it quite a lot in skin descriptions where a version of the skin as the opposite gender is sometimes listed.
This dilemma can be taken as two ways: bias, "genericity", or sexism, and neither are good. If you are from the Geometry Dash community, or have played the game, mostly all levels in the featured section, where levels are featured by the developer, classify as "generic", following similar patterns and having little to no effort put into them, and yet they get featured more often and more highly rated than actually good levels that have been months, even years in waiting. It's bias, and it's NOT GOOD. Even in skins, you can tell besides all pretty much being female, there are other patterns, like similar shading styles or palettes. Genericity, as I call it, and sexism, are not good things. People on PMC are just too lazy to be original and follow popular trends because they probably want diamonds, views, subs, favorites, or downloads, even exp. Starting to see the trending section in a different way now?
THE CHAT ROOM

This isn't as bad as the skinning, but it's bad. Seriously. Remove it or fix it. I've never seen over 20 people in it at once, and when I tried to go in, I don't even bother chatting. There are just a bunch of level 1's who haven't even changed their profile with probably no Minecraft or PMC experience. They just hang around and ask for attention. This is probably about the only somewhat toxic place you'll blatantly see in PMC, and trust me, don't be eager to check it out.
INACTIVITY/IS PLANET MINECRAFT DEAD/DYING?
Another problem I've seen is inactivity. There is an average, from what I've seen, of 6,000 people online at a time. That isn't bad, but not good. People are constantly "quitting" and coming back, like Beverly, or others, especially famous ones. Again, like Geometry Dash.
SENSITIVE INFO

People on Planet Minecraft are constantly giving us "feeback" of their day-to-day lives and the events that happen in them. Honestly, I think this kinda defies the point of internet safety, and, guys, let's be real, PMC isn't Snapchat. It's not made for chatting, it's made for submitting, so it's not really a social media website. It was made for Minecraft skins, texture packs, and maps. Not face reveals and depression logs.
ANY OTHER PROBLEMS?
If anything at all in Planet Minecraft has left a bad taste in your mouth, share it down below! I'd love to add some stuff to this, but for now it's good. Thanks for reading, and I would appreciate it if I got diamonds 'cuz I can't skin worth crap so I have to rely on blogs to get famous. Thanks for all the support.
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  • Gilvard
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • February 5, 2018, 1:15 pm
The Skin Contests.Skins made by really talanted skin artists (not me ) are loosing but a cow with cape wins a price.
  • lovehermadly
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Scribe
  • December 11, 2017, 1:29 pm
#makepmcgreatagain
I agree, It was practically impossible to find a good male skin for me. Also, no one ever talks in the chatroom, at least when I'm there. Plus the whole non-Minecraft thing is something that's been bugging me for a long time. Especially in the blog section, where almost all of the popular content is non-Minecraft. I'd say get rid of it, but the worst part is that that's the only quality content in the blog section (with exceptions of course).
I complete agree with you on Genericity, I’m trying to fix that myself by doing more fantasy-like girl designs and boy skins, but I would like to complain about the chat room part. First off, it was a lot more popular back in the old days, actually where I first met one of my friends (who wasn’t just there for advertising), and it is a useful tool for just that. The chat room isn’t just there for chatting, that can be done via PM, but also a way for new starters to get attention. If there is hammer, use it to get in your nail. Lastly, just some advice, but don’t use examples of other skinners in rants (like Beverly in this one, for instance). You might be offending someone without knowing it, so I suggest just using allusion.
This was just some advice and my point of view, so you can ignore or delete this if you want
  • WillowDear
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • December 8, 2017, 2:54 pm
Thanks for the feeback. About the offending... I kinda said that in the beginning that if you were going to be offended, walk away, because I was going to be harsh. I expected some backlash, but I wanted to get my two cents out there. And about the chat room, that is based off my personal experience, and yes it IS there for chat, why else would it be called "chat room" :/
I did say “isn’t just”, implying that the chat room is used for multiple purposes, and when I mean offending, I mean directing offending. If you had left Beverly’s name out, then it would have been indirect if they had read this. However, you did blatantly their name and their name alone.
also I say “they” by referring to Beverly because I am not entirely sure of Beverly’s gender
  • WillowDear
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • December 8, 2017, 3:32 pm
Beverly is a female, she did a face reveal. Also, Beverly is a female name :p And about being offensive, I was simply giving examples. There's no need to be offended about facts.
ah sorry, once in a comment she referred to herself as male which confused me
If said harshly enough, facts can be hurtful. I’m not saying that she would find it offense, I’m just saying maybe someone in the future might.
I don’t know, you do you.

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