Cliques: Online and Off
Dear Aunt Bingo,
The management of some of the online Bingo games let certain people be rude and they act like they own the site. They get their little crew together and act like children! I feel like a coward, as the last time I stood up for myself I got banned for a week, while they continue to play as usual. I had some great comebacks to them, but not over the line to get myself banned. They are just so rude.
Sweet Teresa, via e-mail
Who would have guessed that something as anonymous as online Bingo would turn out to have many of the same cliquey, insider/outsider issues as traditional Bingo game. But I’ve heard from many readers just like you that this is exactly the case.
What’s happening is that many online Bingo games have individual “hosts” who develop a following of players who seek each other out to play together, chat, and enjoy each other’s company. In some cases, however, the result has been that some of these Bingo players have become territorial about their rooms and will gang up on a player who says or does something that the group does not like. It’s the downfall of that anonymity—they can sit safely in their homes and go after someone they feel is unwelcome, and there isn’t much the “victim” of the attack can do about it.
The upside of all this is that there are many Bingo rooms on these sites, and many sites to choose from. So, as in your case, if you feel singled out and treated badly, you can simply drop out of that particular game and find another that, hopefully, will have a better class of players. —Aunt Bingo
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