noun\ˈklēk, ˈklik\ : a narrow exclusive circle or group of persons; especially :one held together by common interests, views, or purposes
Example: "that clique refuses to even talk to outsiders at their lunch table"
I have heard this word used several times in reference to groups at Hard Alley, usually from people that stand on the fringes and never make an attempt to interact with anyone else. They simply hover silently in the shadows and get upset when no one notices them or includes them in the conversation. Then they get in MY IMs and tell me how cliquey the Alley is because no one talks to them. They complain that all the "cool kids" are hanging out on a platform way above the Alley and that it must be some secret private club, and how snobby we are to exclude everyone else.
This pisses me off.
First off, it's not my job to make sure these people are included in everything that goes on in Hard Alley. Nor is it my job to make sure that other people befriend them. My job is to provide a fantasy environment where people can create their own fun through roleplay, partying, sex, etc. I cannot MAKE people popular.
Now, to address some misconceptions.
Hard Alley is, in my opinion, one of the most welcoming and friendly roleplaying sims in SL. We party nearly every night and everyone is welcome, and no one is excluded or ignored. We don't pull people into the conversation, but everyone is welcome to jump in. We make a lot of new friends that way. We have a lot of sex that way, too.
|Party at the Hard Core Sex & Strip Club where everyone is welcome!|
The platform way above the Alley is mostly used for photoshoots and as a place where I can build things for the Alley before installing them. My wife, Naiya, and our Pet, Spirit are up there a lot, too. They both use it for photoshoots and to get dressed for events. It is the only semi-private place in the Alley, but no one is excluded. Anyone that wants to join us up there just has to ask. I've never refused anyone. Trust me... watching me build and watching Naiya choose what hair to wear is NOT exciting. You are not missing much. It is definitely NOT a Secret Club.
|Naiya and I on the "Secret Club" platform, which is just a big blue prim.|
Hard Alley is NOT a place where everyone just stands around only talking in IMs and never saying or doing anything in local. This is the antithesis of what I want Hard Alley to be. We ALWAYS talk in local. Yes, we have IMs going as well, but that is for private conversations. Most of the chat is in local for everyone to hear and anyone is welcome to contribute to the conversation.
|Relaxing at the Hard Alley Beach and chatting IN LOCAL!|
Hard Alley does not charge member fees or claim "exclusivity" of members. We do not enforce a dress code. We do not exclude people based on gender preference, race (including furries), or ethnicity. Anyone that wants to come enjoy the sim is my welcome guest.*
|NOT HARD ALLEY!|
Unnamed sim with dress code, member fees, restricted membership that excludes "undesirables" and where everyone just stands around in silence.
Personally, I never refuse a friend request, and I am always willing to talk to anyone that messages me as long as I am not afk or super busy. Despite my public image, I am not mean or scary.
|Hard Rust is not scary!|
We have made many new friends in Hard Alley over the years. Some of our latest regulars include Evanne, Kron, JD, Lazy, Mae, Castus, Cipher, Harrelson, Griever, Krystel, Zach, Sly, Glory, Wes, Johnny, Gwen, all the Alley Rats Bikers, members of the Faction, and a bunch of others that my old brain just cannot recall right now.
|Hard Rust welcomes Mae to Hard Alley.|
Does that sound like a "clique"?
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Rant over. PLEASE feel free to comment!
*Hard Alley does not allow underage play of any kind. If you arrive in an avatar that appears underage, you will be asked to "grow up" your avatar. Failure to comply will result in removal from the sim. Hard Alley is no place for kids.