Here’s the question I’m here to answer:
Is Hopscotch crumbling because of the mean decade of today?
@Swati_bang made an article about “The End” of Hopscotch. He/she made a very good point that leads us up to a question… will Hopscotch end? (his/her point will be covered in Part 2 of this article, about decreasing quality)
Guys, there will always be a bully. Hopscotch was designed with a community that allows real people to make an account and interact with each other about their coding connection. A bully is attracted to things like this! And then there was a forum that was designed to aid confused Hopscotchers and connect people even more—this must seam like a jackpot for a bully, even despite THT’s careful precautions.
Most everyone is leaving because of this reason: the community isn’t nice. People are mistreating each other. Being rude. And do you know what? Some are blaming THT!
What was Hopscotch made for?
- A free coding experience
- Educational fun that will get you far in life
- A community of people who share the same love—coding!
Guys, THT can’t see every comment. Bullies can be smart. Then can get past the filters, the bad work blocks, and they can manage to offend someone without THT noticing. And then, I hear of Hops blaming THT for not noticing a few comments of one or three profiles out of thousands of people on the Forum?
If you are leaving because of unfriendly community, and you are blaming THT, please remember:
- Though they are devoting more than half of their time and lives for Hopscotch, they still have the real world.
This is another reason why they don’t notice everything
- There have to moderate and approve projects with images, new forum-er’s posts, look out for Featured projects, while still struggling to sort through mean comments.
Hopscotch was not made for hostility! It was made for a educational, easy, and free (don’t forget AD FREE) experience at the access of your fingertips. When people come on posting mean comments, boasting, then LEAVING, I have to say I am extremely disappointed. You’re complaining when there’s something you can do?
Thoroughly think about the reasons below before leaving.
- You can take it up to yourself to flag mean comments responsibly if they are going against the rules
Under NO absolute reason are you supposed to flag for fun
- You can email the Hopscotch Team (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) that you
1: Visited an article that was rude, disrespectful, or off topic
2: Saw a user that posted rude comments
- You can write articles (like this one) to encourage people to follow rules, NEVER share any personal information, and ABOVE ALL, treat their neighbor as they would wish them to treat themselves.
IF YOU ARE LEAVING FOR THE BELOW REASON, STRONGLY RECONSIDER
- The community is mean
(or at least try to do something about it before leaving for this reason)
- The Hopscotch Team isn’t filtering enough
- You don’t want to pay for the subscription
And my gosh, you don’t have to! The subscription is a way for the Hopscotch to support the bills of having a app! While it might be FREE for YOU, it is NOT for THEM. (This will be covered in an article I plan to write later)
Or any other reason that does not involve that
A. You feel like you are losing interest of Hopscotch
B. You don’t have time for Hopscotch
C. You don’t really like the style of Hopscotch coding
D. You feel like you need to do a course thats a little more harder/easier
E. You have no space on your device for it, and/or you don’t really use it
F. Your parents or guardian say they don’t want you using it
G. Hopscotch isn’t your type of app
H. If you have a school iPad: Your school is taking away your iPad
I. You have no ideas (This is okay, we all need a break and we all get “coder’s block.”
It is absurd to blame THT for not being thorough enough or leaving because of the mean commenters (there is always going to be community bullies—its up to us to STOP them!!!) Please help cleaning the community by flagging responsibly, sharing your ideas sophisticatedly, not trying to get out of the filter (e.g, using blocked words, creating comments against rules), not sharing anything personal (Things like first name are aloud, but NO locations, last names, etc.)
Its up to you to make the decision to help instead of leave in the face of bullies… we cannot let them win!
If you like this article, please like. Part 2, is coming (it is about the “decreasing quality of projects”). Also, I might cover the important topic of THE HOPSCOTCH SUBSCRIPTION. Thank you especially @KVJ and every other Hopscotcher who has chosen to stay and filter out bullies. And thank you most of all THT, @alish & @liza (and everyone else) for working very hard to keep Hopscotch in the app store!