What I’ve recently noticed quite a lot in steampunk is a sad and worrisome trend. Namely the fact that a lot of new things and newcomers get shot down immediately.
This attitude frankly reeks of elitism, something 90 percent of this international community has been priding itself on that it wouldn’t tumble down that road.
Newsflash ladies and gentlemen, we’re well on the way to become equally bitchy and elitist as the average Lolita community. (No offence meant to the nice followers of said J-fashion, I know for a fact those exist by the bucketloads!)
The approach to someone trying something new, or just joining and making some (common) mistakes, is not to go and bitch at them or moan like some grannie with God-knows-what ailment.
How do we expect people to grow to love steampunk as much as we do if we treat them like this?
How do we expect his movement to continue growing and being diverse if we act like this?
And most importantly, how do we expect people to learn new skills and improve on existing ones if we put them off doing so?
Instead of bitching, moaning and acting like jerks, we should take a good, long look at our attitude toward all things steam and adjust. See how you can help others, so we can all enjoy this thing we love and have a good time. Maybe we’ll even learn something new and make friends along the way!