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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Reesesthecat (Non-member)

The events of this post occurred on November 25th, 2017 at approximately 6:21 PM PST

Hey all, it's Dan here. Today we have a scammer that one of our newer agents alerted me to - Reesesthecat. They were sitting in their den, trying to get the few other people there to trust trade them.

Monday, 20 November 2017

jonathan88 (Non-member)

The events of this post occurred on November 20th, 2017 at approximately 6:15 PM PST

Hey guys, Pixyl here again. Today we have a trust trader. This scammer was extremely uncooperative, which is always fun to deal with. They started out by advertising that if you traded them rares for a bad item, they would trade you back their first birthday cake.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

nicholas44702 (Non-member)

The events of this post occurred on November 13th, 2017 at approximately 7:09 PM PST

Hey, it’s Pixyl. Today we have a giveaway scammer. I didn’t manage to get many pictures of the actual scam for this one, so I apologize in advance. This scammer offered to give away their spike, which was a rare yellow long.

darkscar10 (Non-member)

The events of this post occurred on November 17th, 2017 at approximately 10:20 PM PST

Hey all, Dan here. It's been ages, but we're finally back! I haven't caught scammers in a long time, and this one was a little uncooperative, but hey, it's a start. I was in Coral Canyons when I noticed this person sitting to the side and advertising that the first trade they accept will get their outfit.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

What happened to the SWS?


So, Cerise and I have some things to explain; some things regarding how we said we would come back in August and then we never did, why there has been almost no activity on this blog for months, what happened to all the old council members, etc. This is gonna be a long post.

To tell the truth, we just don't know what to do with the society anymore.

We both want to keep this thing running, we really do, but we just can't. We don't have any long-term motivation to actually keep it alive and functioning. We genuinely wanted to revive it back in August, and while I can't speak for Cerise, setting a deadline for ourselves was just exhausting and our motivation diminished faster than we could work.

Personally, part of the reason I want to revive it is that I seriously regret how I acted back in late 2016. I was going through a depressive phase and, honestly, the way I acted back then was just downright pathetic. Sure, I was a good agent, but what's the point of being a good agent if you don't have a good attitude to back it up? I want to prove to you guys that I'm not just some bitter jerk who constantly whines about how "bad" her life is and hopefully make it up to you.

The bad attitude point rings true for most of the agents in 2016 as well. A lot of the agents, ourselves included, were very hostile towards rookies and other agents. Being frustrated with rookies or getting overwhelmed during recruiting is one thing - persistently insulting and being standoffish towards newer agents is another. Since we all acted this way, we never saw any problem with it, so we just sat there and looked the other way while we wondered why every new agent got pushed away from us or left after a day or two.

And then there's the issue with all the other council members. Most of them quit or straight up disappeared without a trace, and some of them we just don't want to associate with anymore due to some events that occurred during the time we’ve been closed. I'm willing to talk about what happened to the ones I know about and was personally involved with, but preferably through the chat room. On top of this, most of, if not all of our agents either went inactive or left us with no way to contact them. This means that we would have little to no one around if we were to reopen.

So, without any other council members or agents, we need to go back to the drawing board on our own if we want to continue the society. As much as we’d all like to, we can't exactly just say "SOCIETY'S OPEN LOL" and have everything go back to the way it was. This operation has been dormant for many months now and things aren’t going to resume that easily. We have to start over and rebuild the society from the ground up if we want any chance of getting things back to the way they used to be. We need new rules and our own revised system that can fit both us and our agents with minimal slip-ups. While I've always admired the SWS for being considerably more coordinated and structured than other scam catching teams, there was much more disorganization, confusion, and general laziness going on behind the scenes during 2016 than you may think. People were slacking off, communication was poor, we didn’t even have a real requirement system for promoting agents, which often led to council members stringing agents along with the promise of “you’ll be promoted soon, you just need to work more” for weeks or even months on end.

All in all, Cerise and I do want to start the society back up again. We both miss the good times we had with the other agents. I miss looking forward to getting on chat everyday and having a family of people to come back to. Despite each and every one of its flaws, I felt at home in the SWS and I miss the sense of familiarity I once had with it. I know the society can’t last forever, nothing can, but I don’t want it to end on such a sour note. I don’t want it to be associated with petty internet drama rather than a group of caring people making Animal Jam a safer place.

I’m going to start being more active on chat, and you can direct any personal questions to me there since I don’t feel comfortable with giving out my Email in the comments. I want to thank all of you for the support you’ve shown over the years. We won’t necessarily be accepting any sign-ups for at least a little while, but we would greatly appreciate it if you could speak up with any thoughts or suggestions. We haven’t made any final decisions yet, but we will update you if something major happens.

Kudos to you if you made it this far. Let’s make 2018 a better year. Have a good one.

-Council Member Vic