Take, for example, some recent controversy involving a user. I won’t mention that user by name so as not to incite any more unwarranted hate, though they said some things that other users had issues with. Anyone in the AOTY community right now probably has an idea of who I’m talking about, but I’m still going to refrain from using any names so to not fan the flames of the issue. Now, I don’t believe this user is bigoted like some people are saying, I just think they said some poorly worded things. I’ve seen them treat users who are minorities with the same level of both love and hostility as other ones. But I’m not here to give my opinion on this person- as a straight white boi who comes from a relatively wealthy household and is absolutely NOT a minority I don’t think it’s my place to say whether or not they were in the right- I’m instead here to discuss people’s reaction to it.
This should go without saying, but spending all day sitting on AOTY and talking about a guy who reviews music on a niche internet platform in a negative light, going under every comment left about them to recite your point and affirm your beliefs, isn’t the healthiest thing to do. The user has a relatively large following for AOTY, but they’re not someone with millions of mindless stans posting ignorant generalizations of entire communities of people and possibly negatively influencing the minds of many impressionable fans. He’s a regular guy who has a decently popular account on a niche music site. At the end of the day, the block button is right there. If you really have an issue, giving the user attention, flooding his comments, and making the problem more widespread isn’t fixing anything; it’s only really making the lingering toxic feelings that have sprung up out of the community recently even worse. AOTY is turning into the Twitter of music-reviewing sites.
Though this is just one example- fans flocking to defend their favorite artists, throwing hurtful comments at others in the process, people attacking the opinion of others, etc. When I first joined this site, just shy of three and a half years ago, the main AOTY community was probably 30-40 people big. There were plenty of users active on the site, though the actual community aspect, with people who regularly talked, of the site itself was much smaller than it currently is. There was very little toxic arguing between users back then. Chat room comment sections have become more and more prominent on the site, and a bulk of the people I’ve seen attacking the user mentioned above are in these comment sections. I’m not saying these comment section chat rooms are all bad- in fact, I’ve met some of great friends on them- but they make people get too invested in a niche internet music reviewing site and spend too much time obsessing over a website.
What’s the point of all this probably somewhat incoherent rambling which I whopped up in a couple of minutes? It’s don’t spend too much time on this website. At the end of the day, it’s never that deep- sometimes, you’re getting too worked up about petty internet drama and it’s about time to log out. I don’t harbor any negative feelings to either party involved in the situation mentioned earlier, but people need to realize when it's time to log off, go outside, and smell the roses. AOTY is a great little community when you find the right people to talk to- don’t ruin it with an incessant barrage of toxicity. While things like bots are uncontrollable by the average user, keeping the community safe and fun to interact with is in the hands of this site’s user base to control.
Anyway, point of this little rant, stream Mitski, listen to that new billy woods album, give more melt-banana albums that orange must hear, and get sound of silver to a 90. Chode out ✌️