I’m a little tired of the snow belly association. I didn’t even know there was an association for this when I started breeding them. I don’t want to breed my blue snow bellies with ice eyes, I want to breed my blue snow bellies with my water eyes - that’s why I made the damn pair in the first place. But yet the PMs I get with the snobbery that the hatchlings won’t be “brilliance” and “why would I willingly choose to breed hatchlings that aren’t brilliance” is irritating.
All because what, the person running an association that I’m not even a member of is in Ice flight and wants things done their way? Blue eyes match blue colors, thank you very much. I don’t give a shit about your association tiers.
Well, here’s the response that it got, on page 142 of the Snow Bellies Breeder’s Hub:
Let me be clear; I’m not trying to accuse anyone here but something needs to be said, because clearly some people are not happy with the Hub and are taking out their grievances on me (irritated PM’s and rude blog posts). That’s not fair.
A few members have brought something to my attention and I feel that I should clear some things up, as I do not appreciate having my Hub and my name slandered, especially by someone who isn’t even a member.
To the “anonymous” who posted that very rude blog post:
I apologize if someone is being rude to you and trying to pressure you into our breeding standards, but insulting me and slandering the Hub is not the way to go about it.
I made the Snowbelly Hub for myself and my friends. I did not anticipate it growing to have over a hundred members, nor have I ever claimed this Hub to be the one and only way to breed Snowbellies. The Tier standards were created to add a challenge, and the highest Tier (Brilliance) is the only tier that encourages teamwork-breeding with those of the Ice or Light flights.
Let’s be fair here. This is a Hub. When players willingly join this Hub, they are agreeing to follow our breeding standard rules. That said, I have never forced anyone to join the Hub, nor have I forced anyone to adhere to the rules. If they want to breed “snow bellied” dragons according to their own standards, they are free to. If they want to peruse our Hub for other “snow bellied” dragons, or to inquire our members about their breeding pairs, they are free to.
What is not okay is when anyone gets snarky about the breed standards (I have had strangers PM me and complain that the breeding standards are “stupid”), or harasses other people about breeding their dragons to our Hub standards. Let me be very clear; whether or not someone breeds their dragons to Hub standards is their business. Don’t want to follow the Hub standards? Then don’t. And I’d say it’s fair that if you do join the Hub and want to advertise here, then you follow our standards, because that’s just common courtesy.
Unfortunately, I now have to make a rule very clear to all players (and no, I’m not accusing anyone, but it’s been made quite clear that some people are not happy with the Hub and are taking out their grievances on me, which is unfair to say the least.)
Do not harass anyone if they refuse to breed their dragons in an Ice or Light nest. Yes, I know, getting your hands on a perfect Brilliance pair is hard, but it was never meant to be easy. That’s the challenge. And if another breeder doesn’t want to breed hatchlings with Ice or Light eyes, that’s their right. Do not pester them, do not beg them to rent a nest, do not question them about WHY they won’t breed a perfect Brilliance Snowbelly. They won’t, so leave them alone. Believe me, you can find other Brilliance Breeders.
Never, EVER, tell someone what to do with their dragons.
If I, or anyone on the Advisory Team, hears that someone has been rude to others, they will be promptly removed from the Hub and no longer welcomed here. We have zero tolerance for poor behaviour.
I sincerely apologize to you all that this message had to be said, but I’ve put too much of my own time and effort into this Breeding Hub. Again, I am not pointing fingers or implying that anyone is giving the Hub a bad rep. I’ve had the pleasure of really chatting and getting to know a lot of you, you guys are wonderful, and I’m genuinely thankful that there are so many people participating in this Hub.
All I ask is that everyone takes care to be polite and mature in their interactions. This is supposed to be a game, this is supposed to be fun. Be kind, be courteous, and share your love for dragons.
And to non-members: If you join us, then yes, we do require you to follow our rules. However, no one is forcing you to join or follow our rules. Don’t want to? Then don’t. It’s really that simple. Just don’t go posting snarky comments on Drama Rising to insult the Hub or myself. That’s rude and unfair.
On a final note, if anyone ever has a problem, please, just PM me. We can discuss things like adults. I’d rather you talk to me than to go talking behind my back. Don’t be That Guy.