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What does BeautyTalk mean to you?

A long long time ago, in a galaxy fa-...well, in Sephora actually, BeautyTalk was just a little place for people to ask beauty questions and get answers. Then it slowly grew into a community with more variety of topics being discussed. Then the atmosphere changed and.......well, I'm not sure what it is anymore. Yes, there will be some degree of disapproval/disappointment coming up, but if you want drama, PM me instead.

 

The original intent of the forum was a Q&A, which is what I still kind of sees it as, and the reason why I'm not too bothered when people ask similar questions. If I have a penny for every time someone post about how to contour, I would have enough to....buy a pack of Sephora blotting paper. Anyways, just like they have the right to post repetitive questions, you have the right to ignore it, let someone else answer it, or linking it to a previous answer. Because BeautyTalk has been here for a couple of years, there's only so many *really* new questions that people can ask. I believe in giving every newbie a chance, because I remember how terrified and tentative when I made my very first post online in a forum, and everyone have written good posts and bad posts (for all I know, this post/thread could turn out to be a really terrible idea). And also, you don't have to like everyone on this thread, I'm sure there are some that don't like me, and that is fine. It does not make you or me a bad person.

 

The forum nowadays have kind of shifted away from Q&A to a more chat about beauty and life environment, which I'm fine with, altho it took me a bit to adjust my mentality. However, I'm unsure about hijacking thread and the inside jokes. I have a bit of dry humor and likes being sarcastic sometimes, but usually limit it to people I know. If I see a thread where ppl are poking fun at things, even if I don't agree I let it be instead of being a party pooper (unicorn poop in 3...2...). But if ppl hijack a legit question thread to post inside jokes, well, it seems a bit cliquey to me and kind of brush off/ignoring the original poster. When in doubt, I believe in behaving in a professional manner, but this is not a professional skincare/beauty forum, so I understand if this seems a bit stiff/stuck up. It's just that some threads are like a big party where anything goes, so if I don't agree then I leave, but other threads are more....factual? legit? where such behavior might not be appropriate?....the crossover confuses me. Or maybe I'm just too old (in BT age) since to me, this is like the casual office party, where I have fun but still keep it somewhat professional polite, while some people sees it more like a dorm party, where anything goes?

 

I don't know, that was not as well written as I wanted at all, but basically to me, BT is a semi-professional environment where people do beauty Q&As along with some get to know each other things. If you want to make a party thread and get naughty, then fine, but if some of the inside jokes end up hijacking other unrelated thread that could've been important to someone, not as cool. But, what is BeautyTalk to you? or rather, what kind of place do you want BeautyTalk to be?

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Yes -- I have thrown out that idea to mods, as this is how BT used to be structured. I think OT posts are fine, of course, but when they dominate the main page, it does give BT a different sort of atmosphere (one that is often unrelated to beauty). If I were new, I would be put off and/or confused. 

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My thoughts exactly! Thanks for the post.

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Thanks for mentioning that. I think that is what bothers me is that as soon as I click on advice, all the off topic threads come up and if I want "real"advice , I have to search for it .  Maybe they need to keep all the off topic threads off the main page that comes up and then everyone can click on the tab they want to read. That would make more sense.  It seems like the constructors of the web site want to jumble everything on the main page and that is causing concerns.  

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Oh AGREED! It would be awesome if we can choose which board we do and don't want to follow! Sadly, considering the speed at which BT implements changes, I don't see it happening within the next decade. X.X

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The tone have certainly changed, but it's only a matter of time before we run out of new/interesting questions to ask. I like the professional atmosphere, too, but times have changed. I find it easier if I think of it like this (possibly awkward anology coming up):

 

BT is like a party central, where there's the casual office party taking place (semi professional) and there's the frat party taking place (hi Jaime! nice llamas, lol). Of course the chill/quiet people will complain about the frat party being too noisy, but you don't have to attend. The problem that I see is when the two mix, if someone goes into frat party and complain about everyone/everything in there and being a party pooper, they are not welcomed. Equivalently, if a frat party person runs into an office party welcoming newcomers, start twerking and then pass out on the floor, that is also not appropriate or welcomed.

 

BT has changed, I remember back when I used to log on and see "who's online/500 users" and now it's almost always around 2000. I think everyone probably needs to take a step back, breathe, and adjust themselves. =)

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Traveling boxes and trade threads, in my humble opinion, are a way to share makeup with other ladies on this site and give life to those items that you don't find yourself reaching for anymore, and allow you to try different things.  It has also spared Sephora from a number of returns of used items that would not have been able to be resold, as they were used.  I think that is environmentally conscious and it makes me feel really good that I traded some items that I did not use anymore for a few things that I love, one of which I use almost every day. 

 

Chatting with ladies during a trade is so super fun and I have had a blast and learned a lot. If trades and TSBs aren't something that interest you, I can see that might clutter up the forums a bit, but it's all in the eye of the beholder - some people wouldn't want to see the trade threads while maybe someone else wishes there weren't so many heart parties, another might wish that the posts about how Rouge has fallen short of expectations would stop cluttering up the forums, similar questions being reposted, etc.  I simply try to scroll through to the ones that interest me.

 

As far as allowing posts about llamas, I think the guidelines are pretty flexible as long as we are not being mean to someone else, posting external links, anything offensive, etc.  There is a non-makeup related section "off-topic." 

 

As beautytester said, there are only so many questions to ask regarding makeup.  I have engaged in the humor as others have (although I haven't posted any llamas yet) and will try to keep it in Rouge where most people won't have to see it.  There's been a few very, very rough days I've had recently and the clever and funny wit of a number of the marvelous ladies here have saved me.  And to me that's what BT is about, learning makeup, having a place where you can be yourself, and where you can escape even for a little bit from the daily grind.

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If posting about llamas and Paula Deen riding things is wrong, then so is all of the other off-topic personal stuff people post. 

I have found this place to be full of delightful and hilarious people that share my love of beauty. I like to think of a lot of these ladies as friends.

We can have everything go strictly back to beauty though, but don't point the finger at people and say their jokes are off-topic if you frequently post non-beauty-related topics.

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if only they had done the shadow this would look SO REAL

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If Paula Deen riding this llama is wrong, I don't want to be right.

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Where is the thumbs down button?

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llamas are the new black

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Yeah I think the jokes and TSB build a sense of community almost. It is nice Smiley Happy

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definitely! it's gone from talking to people you have something in common with to hanging out with friends. that is always a good change, imo. if i wanted to spend much of my time in a place where i wasn't allowed to laugh or enjoy myself, i'd go back to work and at least get paid for it. as an online community, there SHOULD be a sense of "community" here, otherwise what is the point? i love that there are so many like-minded women (and men?) here who share my love of makeup, doctor who, llamas and paula deen, y'all. 

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I like your mustache.

 

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ahh, thank you Smiley Happy it was hand made by killahbabe herself! 

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Also the TSBs defiantly been sales for sephora

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if llamas are wrong...i don't want to be right!

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There is an off topic section and I think that if some clean joking fun wants to go on there that is the place. No it does not have a place in other threads unless one of the original posters is a standing member that participates in the jokes. The traveling boxes are kept in the VIB and ROuge threads and if you don't like that sort of thing, by all means, pass it up. There is no professional advice given here other than the Guests, such as the smashbox and personnel brought in by Sephora. There have been traveling boxes before BT even existed and I do not think that they are going anywhere. I am personally not a big fan of the trade threads, as there is better sites to that upon. I think Sephora opening up BT to more people has left us bereft so we are dealing with it the best we can. Beauty talk is a public forum but the kitchen crap is getting old. If you are going to say it's too many funnies, well I can say the same for too many what's your love life, do you ever questions. IT's open to all for anything. If you want an all beauty forum, where that is all that is spoken, start a blog. Then only You can control what you put on.

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Nicely put jelly.

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I don't mind the random off-topic thread (and may or may not have saved a few llama pictures for future reference LOVE the llama boy band and the fabulous llama), some may disagree on that, but my only gripe is with thread-jacking, especially those with newcomers, and I don't think I'm changing my mind on that any time soon.

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