Why we’re fucking better than Foursquare tips
A tip by definition is a “helpful hint”.
Being helpful is a good deed.
The “tips” above are essentially saying “go die”.
Dying ≠ good !
With us so far?
To the douchemonkeys telling us to “go die” we say stfu because:
For some time now Foursquare has been in the process of transitioning from an app focused on gaming (checking in & collecting stickers) to exploration (discovery via places, people and “personalized recommendations”). Check out this and this article for more info.
This new transition means Foursquare’s putting much more emphasis on its content (comments; reviews; “tips”) then it was before. These “tips” by definition “are generally things you’d recommend to others” with the intended goal of always having “something interesting to do nearby.”
Still with us?
Because you see, some random people up above just told us to launch ourselves over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. That’s neither in our best interests nor at all fucking sane. It’s neither a useful recommendation nor helpful suggestion. By definition then, it’s not a tip.
So why is it still there? The first “tip” is from Sept 2010 - almost two years ago. It shouldn’t be there. Nor should the others.
The thing is, our communities are only as good as our worst, dumbass, bullshit spewing, kitten killing members. Let them thrive, hell let them exist, and your community turns to shit. There’s been talk of Foursquare directly competing with Yelp. In that vein, we wouldn’t be surprised if not long from now we see people going on Foursquare just to bitch about a place.
Would hate to see that happen.
At Awessome! we’re trying to fix this from the start. Even our name - it sets a bar for entry:
Your mom’s not allowed.
Our mission is to save the fucking kittens.
This is what a “tip” should read like:
With us so far?