June 15th 2012 11:27 pm
[ View A Comments (6) ]
It's bad enough when our friends leave Catster, but we HATE it when they delete their pages. All those memories, all that history, just - gone. We've invested a lot in our Catster friendships - a lot of time, a lot of love, and a lot of Zealies. When our friends delete their pages, it feels as though they don't value our friendship, don't value us. How could they so easily discard something that means so much to so many others? We said we would never even consider doing such a thing to our friends!
Then came Helicopter Catgate.
If you don't know what we're talking about, you're lucky. For some reason, the editor in chief of Catster Magazine thinks that cat lovers would want to see a video about someone disrespecting a cat's remains. The article about the cat's skull was bad enough, but this went beyond the pale. And some of our friends were so disgusted, they left Catster. And for once, we couldn't blame them.
We unsubscribed from Catster Magazine and said it was because of those articles, but no one at HQ seems to care. Many of our friends are angry that Catster magazine used the term "WTF," and while we're not offended by the term, we do expect better from Catster. After all, these writers and editors are getting PAID to publish this magazine, and that's the best they can do? So why would we want to pay to support such sick, offensive crap? We wouldn't! Our Catster Plus membership is due for renewal on July 9th, and we just don't see how we could continue to support Catster when it publishes things it should know will offend most of its members.
On July 1st it will be 6 years since our family joined Catster. SIX years! That's 40 in cat years. A long time. A lot of memories. How would we even begin to try to condense all of that history, all of those memories, into just 10 pictures each? We couldn't. It would be too painful to even try. When a relationship goes bad, the best thing to do is make a clean break.
So we finally understand why people delete their Catster pages. We have 2 angels in the family who have been living out their 10th lives on Catster, and we wouldn't want to leave their pages just a shell of what they used to be. We also wouldn't want to dishonor their memory by associating with a site that thinks Helicopter Cat is appropriate material for cat lovers. It's not a "Video We Love" - it's not even "offbeat" - it's offensive, and we want no part of it.
July 9th is still a few weeks away, and a lot could change between now and then. Catster was our community long before "SAY whatever the fluff we like MEDIA" came along. We have no intention of quitting without a fight.
I don't want to post much, but you know Hazel Lucy is very upset with the new catster. That is why her page is gone. The page is gone but not the memories.
I'm here only because my first family, Catsy's family, asked that my page remain. The catster we loved is no more.
We are fighting, and we can make a difference, Rufus! After all, it us the CATS that make Catster and if they can't remember that, then they have big problems!
Helicopter Catgate has made an impact (I'm hopeful) because I no longer see it on the site. I also don't see WTF "trending" on the homepage.
Please don't leave, and whatever you do, don't delete your pages! Like you said, the memories of the good times are worth leaving your pages intact!
Thanks for the pawsome diary!
Please don't leave and please, please don't delete your pages. Doing so only hurts your friends, not the company. :(
Plus, I definitely think we're all having an impact for sure!
Don't leave, we'd miss you!
Happy Diary Pick Bobcat!
I hope you stay at Catster. If you are like we are, we don't even see those pages being talked about because all we do is go to see what our Furriends are doing; that's all that matters to US kitties!
So we're staying so we can stay in touch! We don't have time to read anything else like magazines etc!
Love Felix xo
I guess we are lucky meowmy lost her job and has been busy working on her own business. We have not seen these things. But we go to our groups and our friends pages. We truly miss our friends who have left (the latest being the tabbies of trouttown). Even though we don't post as much as we once did, we love our catster friends. We mourn their loss, we share their joy, we have fun together. We understand the reasons some leave, but we are still sad as we love to see their pics and remember, HL is right, Catster has changed. But we still enjoy our time with our friends here.
We hope to see your handsome face, but we respect whatever decision you make.
Ras and the Carolina Crew