I'm not here anywhere near as often as I used to be. WoV doesn't fit my needs, satisfy my curiosity, nor appeal to my social side the way it used to. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't really matter why. Too many times of checking in and nothing was worth following, I guess. Too many times it was all about The Suspension List.
It is what it is. Maybe the pool of possible members isn't as big as one would think it would be. The forum has always appeared to appeal more to APs and cerebral types, and hasn't really welcomed the casual players who make up the vast majority of gamblers and Vegas visitors. Most of us don't gamble because of the math, we gamble because it's fun. I think the best result for someone like myself is (for example) knowing that the Pairs Plus bet at 3 Card costs about 7%, and that the AKQ of spades is 22,099 to 1 against. Stuff like that, from WoO. Then I can decide what to play when I go fishing for a big hit.
Is there room here for that guy, hanging out with card counters and slot vultures and hole carders, who seem to have staked these pixels jealously as their own? Hard to say, I think. Everyone will have their own answer. But gamblers tend to be non-sociable people, in my experience. Not bad
people, but not social. So they tend to make less than welcoming forum members.
I'm sitting here wondering if I should post this or delete it and let things alone. Some of the ideas are a bit half baked, and a lot of it has been written and deleted. In the end, it doesn't really matter. I like folks here well enough, but I like everybody pretty much. As always, I encourage anyone who is interested to read Clay Shirky's A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
. And if you've already read it, read it again. Groups behave as consistently as dice or cards do, they just have different rules. Woe to the social software designer who does not pay attention to those rules.
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