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I'm not entirely sure why I ended up here, but I feel like this should be a very interesting place. I believe my roommate recommended me making an NG account because the art portal has quality control (unlike dA), which I really love.
However, as soon as I posted my art, some fifteen-year-old boy who made sub-par Sonic the Hedgehog fanart decides to troll one my images and refer to it as "gay." I was so angry! I was totally un-Zen for a couple days, trying to justify his impertinence and apparent homophobia. They were... not totally successful.
"He's young!......." but my kid brother is his age, and that kid's amazing. That, and I'd only be four years his senior... which, I understand, is a big gap when you're a teenager.
"He's bored!......." but so am I, and I'm not being a douche to random strangers who probably don't deserve it... haha
"He's only human!......." was the excuse I made for him when I knew I was scraping the bottom of the proverbial bowl of excuses for it.
But this morning... the comment disappeared. I mean, the effect of the rating (a ZERO?) was still there, but he was totally gone.
My roommate explained to me that NG was a pretty tight community, and that most users take their stuff pretty seriously. What I didn't realize was that there would be a microcosmic representation of the dramatic struggle between the forces of awesomeness and the forces of douche-baggery.
I now feel like one of those Digidestined, randomly transplanted into a digital dimension and witnessing an ongoing epic fight.
Which is TOTALLY SWEET!
Now I feel dorky.
And I'm cool with it.