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Light-bulbMcCarthy-era Blacklists Alive and Well in FarmVille

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by John Brown - May 23, 2011 Star_s1,746 views

A recent blog posting brought to my attention from a group known as 4F ("Friends for Fair Farming") has listed several of my blogs and affiliate sites on a blog page entitled "Groups and Blogs we will no longer support".
 

My first reaction was to chuckle. After all, this is the group that is linked into "ScamVille" (that's original, eh?) and other similar pages - basically a little-known, zero credibility site which spends more time hunting down "cheaters" than they actually do playing any game. (Incidentally, if you're looking for a good listing of all the bonus checkers and other goodies, these folks DO maintain a pretty decent list. Ironic, no?)
They certainly claim to play all the games they purportedly 'protect', so one has to wonder exactly what short-cuts they're taking themselves in order to free up so much time to launch biased, unfair attacks on various websites and blogs which have stellar reputations in the FarmVille Community.
We're not talking about little, run of the mill websites here - we're talking about the major gaming and fan sites which are all acknowledged as leaders in their respective venues:
*Gamer's Unite
*The Dirt Farmer
*FarmVilleFeed
*FarmVille Freak
*The Facegamer
So...I thought to myself, "Well, that's fine. I suppose they can support who they want, it's a free world, right?", but upon closer inspection it seems as if the only organizations they do support are their own.
The passive-aggressive, bi-polar post itself is painful to read. Nobody ever told these poor folks about grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Spellcheck is FREE, folks.

I suspect it's probably written by some young child who's ticked off at the fact that mommy and daddy play Facebook games all day - it sure reads that way. It's actually amazing that they've been able to put together a coherent thought or two, but they do manage to set forth two very distinct concepts:
* If you don't choose to ostracize (my word, they'll be looking it up soon) the groups and the members listed, we'll ostracize you and treat you accordingly.
* There are no other valid viewpoints on any topic other than ours.
Golly. If I wanted something pretty similar to religion, I'd go to Church more often. Seriously.
I'm both honored and proud to be held in the company of these websites that are listed. If I've managed to upset those who would impose their own views and values on everyone to the exclusion of all others, I consider it a privilege to be 'no longer supported' by 4F...whoever they are. Group registrations are up, hits on my blog and pages are up astronomically, and more supporters roll in every single day. Guess that really hasn't worked out for them the way they wanted, eh?
Perhaps, one day, maturity will strike these folks at 4F and make them realize that it's better to be part of a Community than to be opposed to it. You don't have to support or agree with everything everyone says, but you have to wonder about folks who are opposed to everything. I certainly don't agree with everything any of these websites and fan pages publish, but first and foremost I acknowledge their right to 'do their thing' and, in fact, there's a good reason why they're considered leaders in their respective venues. 
For the most part they consistently provide a service to the FarmVille Community - something that I have always tried to foster among all the members of SFC. Imagine the environment we'd all enjoy if groups like 4F did the same!
Greetings and Well Wishes to all our GU fans!
Farmer John Brown
SharingFoalsAndCalves.com 
(where *everyone* is welcome - even 4F members LMAO)

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Stuff like this just makes me laugh! Sometimes I think there should be an age restriction on sites so as to avoid immaturity. Now I know that their are plenty of immature adults, but there are jut as many spoiled tweens that shouldn't even be on facebook! I'm the member of a mafia family and the "don" isn't even friends with me because I use GU. That stuff is absolutely pathetic really! If you just whine and moan about "cheaters" then you don't deserve to play the game. ;)

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Actually I kind of like the hate groups--(LOL) that's how I found GU and the SnagBar. I kept seeing these posts about it so I checked it out and found out for myself that it was a great tool and I now have more "friends" to be neighbors with. I had to delete a couple people at first as they were rude about my joining and using the tools here but in losing less than 10 I gained more than 50. Hmm sounds like a good deal to me.

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LOL Andy it was a joke, my our last name is McCarthy, it caught my eye, and she decided to run with it. Rhonda same goes for me and Moira, she will even log into mine and delete who she did if they piss her off enough! lol Its a game, when are ppl going to grow up!?!?

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Yup, someone needs a job or something else to think about. It's a game folks. who cares who cheats or not, it's not like it's Poker. I've deleted several friends that just mentioned that they were deleting people who use GU. Don't bother with threats, just delete, who needs friends that threat? It's just a game. I think the 1 click gifts is the best thing since the invention of peanut butter...... : )

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What do u mean with this?

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What do u mean with this?

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What do u mean with this?

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I just want to go on record I AINT GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS! lol I was kinda wondering why ppl deleted me for no special reason, guess the name might be a reason! I luv GU and have referred more then a few here. It is sad that people can't just not like something, no they have to make sure nobody else has it either! That is soooo nerve wracking, I mean come on people we are for the majority adults, does it really have to come down to this? The funny thing is all the sites, blogs, and b/s ppl are the ones, from everything I have seen GU members have not put others down, gone out hunting other sites members, or generally just acted like idiots! But we are the "bad" players....yet my best neighbors, who return gifts, help in barn raising, or give me the help on things ive needed are mainly neighbors I have gotten from GU add me page....food for thought.

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That long winded, self-important, name dropping, finger pointing page appears to have 6 followers. I see a little Narcissistic Personality Disorder in that writing (IMHO). Those who do not see the page writer with awe and admiration will be belittled or defamed. If the writer will not be honored, they refuse to be ignored, they would prefer to be feared than ignored. To me it fits. Its an opinion... I do not know the person and I can not be sued for having an opinion.

That page seems like it could have been written by Delores Umbridge herself. Harry Potter reference. LOL. But I that is the character I see in my head when reading that page. =)

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I think the ignorance here speaks volumes. Of course they wouldn't use spell check on their article, it would be cheating!!!

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All I have to say is looks like some people have too much time to research reasons to hate others. I will proudly use whatever I choose to use to help me play my games. Thanks GU!

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John, Awesome article! I really cannot say that I was surprised to find that there was such a radical group playing Farmville, but oh well, guess they all have to have a group to play with! lol I have played fair and square in FV and from the beginning had a great group of friends that showed me the ropes! I have recently had back surgery and due to complications, started using GU to help alleviate the number of posts I needed to click off the feed, (mainly bldg parts). At this point, I do not feel guilty about doing this, I have reached level 270 and am very proud of the amount of hard work I have put into my farm! I feel a few virtual items here or there isnt going to make that much of a difference! Give me a break! These people need to get a clue and focus their energy on the Banks and Mortgage Companies in this country and maybe they would be helping more people out!!! roflmao

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WOW!!
It's rather sad to see such contemptuous attitudes working together for such a pointless cause.

If only they'd take all that negative energy and work on boycotting greedy corporations, and not a group of
harmless citizens who just might get a 'virtual cow' for free.

I hear there's a rampant band of unscrupulous Scrabble players taking over the east coast of the USA.
Go get 'em 4F club!!! hehe

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Thank you John. I wish more people were as tolerant as you are. It's not fun when you get blasted with nasty emails just because you are a member of Gamer's Unite, though it recently backfired on someone who was threatening to delete me and a few other people. I ended up with 5 new friends and the person doing the threatening lost 5 friends as we all deleted her because of her nastiness. I don't use the snag bar, but I use the one click gift daily because it's the only way to keep up with all the requests I get. Thanks again for being such a great neighbor.

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