What I’ve recently noticed quite a lot in steampunk is rather a sad and worrisome development. Namely the fact that a lot of new things and newcomers get shot down immediately.
This attitude frankly plainly reeks of elitism, something 90 percent of this international community has been priding itself on that it wouldn’t tumble down that road.
Newsflash ladies and gentlemen, we’re well on the way to become equally bitchy and elitist as the average Lolita community (no offence meant to the nice followers of said J-fashion, I know for a fact those exist by the bucketloads!).
The approach to someone trying something new, or just joining and making some (common) mistakes is NOT to go and bitch at them or moan like some grannie with god knows what ailment.
It is not OK to tell people to go find someone else that knows about these things to have them done for them if they can’t do it themselves.
How do we expect people to grow to love steampunk as much as we no doubt all do if we treat them like that?
How do we expect his movement to continue growing and being diverse if we act like that?
And perhaps most importantly: how do we expect people to learn new skills and improve on existing ones if we put them off doing so?
Instead of bitching, moaning and generally acting like jerks, we should take a good long look at our general attitude towards all things steam and start afresh.
By seeing how we can offer help so we can all enjoy this thing we love together and have a collective good time. And heck, maybe we’ll learn something new and make new friends along the way.