Re: Whither -- or Wither? Seriously....
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Riddles have been fun, but interest has run out.
When I was trying to decide how to construct Riddle 1021, I reviewed my prior Riddles to see which ones had the greatest participation, and I patterned Riddle 1021 after them. And I added clues at the very beginning, thinking that making the Riddle easier would get more people involved. Alas, participation was pitiful. Apparently people simply are not interested in the Riddle anymore.
Since we have had abysmal participation in the Riddle for a while, I think that it may be time to end it. I will not host any more riddles.
Don't settle for the world as it is. Work for the world as it should be.
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From: Lars Hanson <parkersan2001@...>
To: PUNY <firstname.lastname@example.org>, MissElainey@puny.groups.io
Subject: Whither -- or Wither? Seriously....
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:18:29 -0400
To ask, or not to ask, that is the question:
Whether tis nobler on the list to sufferÂ
The slings and arrows of outragÃ¨d Gary
Or to take action against a growing apathy
And by opposing end them?Â Â To cease, to stop â€“Â
No more â€“ and by a stop to say we end
The efforts and the thousand notional puns
The list is heir to:Â Â â€˜tis a dissolutionÂ
Devoutly to be wished.Â Â To cease, to stop,
To stop, perchance to reap:Â Â ay, thereâ€™s the rub!
For in that death of riddles what might one reap
When fearless leader finds them gone
Must give us pause:Â Â thatâ€™s the aspect
That makes calamity of so long a life,
For who would bear the whips and scorns of list,
The leaderâ€™s wrath, the disappointed players,
The loss of riddle sets, the gameâ€™s decay,
The absence of guesses and loss of riddle turns
The patient cluing of unworthy takes,
When riddler might his answers make
By simply ceasing?Â Â Who would these burdens bear
By sweat of brow -- the riddlerâ€™s weary
But the force of custom weighs upon us all.
Â Â ButÂ seriously, a question ....
Â Â This week's RogueÂ Riddle will mark just under 19.6 years of Rogue Riddles. That's quite a long history.Â In fact, there have been over twenty years of riddling on the PUNY list.Â Before the Rogue Riddles began, several players among us played with a riddle chain, off-list but similar to what eventually evolved into the Rogue Riddles.
Â Â Lately, however, participation has declinedÂ noticeably.Â The usual suspects are guessing less and less, andÂ desultorily at best. Â Kirk Miller and I have producedÂ the last several riddlesÂ alternately between us, with few players competing each time.Â As a result, Kirk and I have discussed the fact that it appears the RogueÂ Riddles may have seen their day and it now is time to stop.
Â Â What is theÂ sense of those on theÂ list about discontinuing theÂ Rogue Riddles after this weekend's Â Rogue Riddle #1022 has been played?
Â Â Â Aloha,
Â Â Â Â Â Lars