In light of these new UG profiles and their "completeness percentage" system, I have done nothing for the past few hours but stare in awe at my computer screen, utterly blown away that, after hours of relentless typing, clicking, and uploading, I'm only little over halfway finished in my quest for ultimate UG profile completeness.
This led me in turn to consider the validity of some members' profiles, and I hope you do as well. How can you genuinely believe that some random addition to anyone's profile is in fact legitimate, rather than some faux fact-free hunk of jargon thrown together in haste to more quickly (and unfairly) inch that member ever closer to that 100% mark? The bitter truth is this, my friends: you can't.
And thus reveals the double-edged sword that is the UG profile system. Yes, it is a glorious and groundbreaking event. Yes, it allows UG's members to interact more personally than ever. And yes, it more easily allows me to scan the site for pretty girls, so I can fancy myself with illustrious guitar-and-female-related fantasies that inevitably lead me to drift asleep weeping at 3 in the morning.
But we've also let in every internet site's greatest enemy; system abusers. Will UG become a flooded, chaotic mess of spam (well, MORE spam, anyway)? Will other members be frequently assaulted with annoying group invitations and band advertisements? Will potential pretty girls end up being creepy 40-year-old dudes in perverse incognito, attempting to thwart my only date-finding technique? Believe it or not, dear UGers, but the answer is (quite fortunately) no. If we all band together as a tight community and vow to only include relevant, accurate information in our profiles (*cough*and join the Wiki-Whores group today*cough*), then the UG of today will be the place for our future children shredders of tomorrow to visit, and cherish as we have these past few years.
Cheers to UG's new direction, and cheers to all who vow to preserve its timelessness.