Announcement: No Longer Answering Rubber Stamp Questions
Here at Writing With Color, we’ve noticed a shift in the questions we are receiving. In the past, the majority of questions challenged the necessity of diversity in fiction or asked for assistance in making diversity seem more plausible in world-building. We also received many questions on how to describe and characterize people of color in respectful ways that didn’t demonize different races, ethnicities and religions.
By and large, we see that our followers understand why these concepts are important, and for that we congratulate you! This kind of progress takes real, long-term, internal work. Our team hopes that any advice or input you received from us over the years has helped you continue to develop as a writer. We hope you will continue to support us in the future and are especially pleased to hear from our non-white commenters who have let us know when our content has let them feel seen or heard.
We have noticed a recent trend in asks that is discouraging. Many askers seem concerned with receiving our blanket approval of a particular concept or character. These asks often don’t provide us with the direction and context crucial to providing advice from a race or ethnicity-based perspective. Examples include:
“I’m writing a character from [insert background] who has [insert traits]. Is this ok?”
“I’m creating a world where I have made [insert concept] the basis of my world-building. Is this allowed?”
Hi, I’m a [insert identity]. Is it problematic to have [concept/ character] in my story?
“I’m creating a [Race A] character with [these] traits, a [Ethnicity 1] character with [those] traits, a [Race B] character with [some other traits] and a [sex/ gender minority] character with a [different set of traits]. Is this combination offensive?
We call these questions rubber stamp questions. If this describes your question, there’s no need to feel bad. We realize that there was never an explicit explanation of this concept. In addition, our team is mindful of the changing demographics of tumblr that might make it mean we are receiving questions from a younger user-base are not yet familiar with many of the principles we outline on this website. However, on that note…
What is Rubber Stamping?
Rubber stamping refers to the practice of seeking an endorsement without questioning or seeking to alter the status quo. The purpose of Writing With Color is to be a focal point for discussion about diversity in writing rather than simply prescribe a series of corrective measures. Without knowing the asker’s intent (Which we can’t, since we aren’t mind readers), our moderators are not in a position to provide you with carte blanche for your writing concept in the name of all other non-white people. Yes, we have a certain level of skill and expertise on many of these topics, but we are not here to take on the burden of all PoC to approve your writing choices. Nor would it be fair to other PoC if you took our response as a reason to dismiss the perspectives of other PoC (An unfortunately common phenomenon).
Bluntly, on the moderator end, these asks are also incredibly frustrating because they are vague and thus:
Labor intensive (mentally and emotionally)
The last example from the previous section (AKA “Laundry lists”) is particularly time consuming because multiple moderators must collaborate to produce an answer that boils down to each moderator saying, “I guess it depends??? *shrug*” but in slightly different ways.
Perhaps the biggest problem with rubber stamp asks is they feel (to us) like they are more about the asker’s desire for closure/ approval/ virtue signaling than a willingness to participate in the kind of education and discussion on diversity we are trying to foster on this blog.
To that effect: We will no longer be answering such questions.
(If you sent in such ask before this goes up on November 15th, 2020, a moderator may reach out to you individually to better address your inquiry as submitted.)
However: Don’t worry! We also are here to teach you how to makes these questions better!
Fixing Rubber Stamp questions:
1. Be specific.
Instead of Can I/ May I, try “How can I” or “When can I” or “What can I”?
Thus instead of: “I’m Christian. May I create a Jewish character seeking to become an actress in 1920s Hollywood?” —> “How do I, as a Christian, create a compelling Jewish character while being mindful of the interplay between my own intrinsic bias and historical accounts of prominent Jewish figures in early Hollywood?”Or, instead of: “I want to write a story about a modern day piracy in the East Indian Ocean, but with magic. Is this problematic? —> “Given the continuation of modern day piracy in the East Indian Ocean, what are some tropes I should avoid if I decide to go with a modern fantasy set in this region?”
2. Remember: The goal is improved understanding, not approval.
Sometimes, you really just want to know *why* you can’t use a particular concept, and that curiosity is good! Questions that ask “Why?” in good faith are often how you can learn a lot about your own intrinsic biases and the limits of your own knowledge.
Thus, instead of: If I write about [controversial topic], am I a bad person? —> Why is it better for someone like me to not write about [controversial topic]?
This approach has the bonus effect of making us feel like you actually care about what we think.
3. Write your question as a draft:
Edit your ask at least once or twice to provide as much information as possible while being concise. I’ve told this to college students before, but I can tell when a person wrote their assignment by the quality of the writing. Writing done late at night, when sleep deprived and without at least one edit contains extraneous information while not having a clear point.
Going through your question (Preferably a day after you wrote it) will help you narrow down what you really want to know.
Remember: You all have free will and can write whatever you please. We presume that you seek WWC’s input because you wish to write on issues pertaining to people of color with greater levels of awareness. On a practical note, we recognize that social media, trolling, call-outs, doxxing and other dimensions of cyberbullying make writers online hesitant to do anything unless they think they have the majority of the public on their side. There are times when it is obvious that the asker is asking more because they need approval to feel less anxious when they share their work with others.
However, if the above is your worry, either you aren’t ready to write on this topic or you need to rethink the boundaries you set with the online communities/ individuals you interact with as well as how you manage your internet presence. With respect to personal anxieties when it comes to writing, morality, your conscience and so forth, we recommend turning to your own support systems IRL. As relative strangers on the internet, we are not well-qualified to allay personal concerns.
Remember: Writing with diversity is like training for a marathon. Give yourself permission to expand your comfort zone at the pace your research capabilities and experience allow!
We appreciate that you all trust us to provide helpful, well-thought out feedback for your ideas, and we also thank you for respecting our perspectives even if you may disagree. In the same vein, we request that you put the level of thought into your questions you think appropriate given that another human being is going to spend, at a minimum, several hours coming up with their response. We look forward to hearing from you!
- The WWC Team
(A link to this article will be added to the pinned FAQ for everyone’s reference)
This Mod adds a Weather App to the Game where you can "check" the Weather in a World before travelling there.
How the Mod works
To check the Weather click on the Phone and then on the "Sul Sul Weather App" (Sun Icon) in the Top Menu. In the Pop up that follows choose the World you want to check the Weather.
Magnolia Promenade is a part of Willow Creek, so those Worlds have the same Weather.
What else you need to know
I cannot really check the Weather in a World without actually travelling there. So i did a Workaround for this Mod:
Technically what the Mod does is, that it adds a hidden random Buff to your Sim(s) with a duration of 12hrs & you'll get a Notification of the "current Weather" in the World you checked.
When you travel to the World within the 12hrs the hidden Buff will give you another hidden Loot which will basically "change" the Weather to the Weather the App projected. Depending on your PC System Specs & and the Weather generated by the Game it can take a few seconds (ingame minutes) until the Mod forecasted Weather is active.
The Weather changes after a certain amount of time which is hard coded as it seems. So the Weather will change again after ~ 12hrs.
Will this be compatible with other Weather Mods?
Yes and no. My Mod does change the Weather based on the EA possible Forecasts and not based on other Mods changed Forecasts for Worlds. So it depends on the Weather Mod. If those "improve" the Weather a bit it should be compatible. If those change the Weather completley like let it Snow in Oasis Springs etc. then no, they won’t work well together.
German by me
French by Lorraine3055
Spanish by ChofisAquino
Italian by zaffirogarnet
Chinese by MuMu
Japanese by maru dada
Czech by Xeria(CzechTeam)
Russian by Origamika
Dutch by britoetje1984
Portuguese by Ayrthwil
You can download my Mods via Google Drive, Drop Box & MediaFire Download Folders, which you can find here!
Find the Sul Sul Weather App via Phone:
Choose one of the Worlds to check the Weather:
A Notification will pop up with the Weather Forecast of the chosen World:
29 Mods needed an Update for this Patch.
All other Mods not listet are still compatible.
Be aware i cannot upload on SimFileShare while they are moving, so download these Updates only via Google Drive or Drop Box!
Autonomous go Jogging when Sims are Stressed & Children can Jog too
Better Nanny (Second Nanny & more)
Free Staff and no phone call animation for marketstalls, chef, barista & bartender
Go for a walk with more Pets (Rabbitholes)
Hire certain Sims (incl. Family Members) at Restaurants
Hire certain Vet Employees
Holiday Home Standalone Version
Housewarming Party (instead of Welcome Wagon)
Improved Practical Spells
Live in Business
Miscarriage Chance & Abortion
More Buyable Venues and new Venue Types
More Servings Options & Better MealTime Menus
New Vampire Powers | “Be able to eat Human Food”, “Enable own Mirror Reflection”, “Stop Hissing” and more
No Outfit Changing | Custom LotTrait & Traits
Objects don’t share Inventory
Parenting Skill for Teens & more
Power Napping on Sofas
Random Bug Fixes
Elevator Fix & Diploma Fix
Random Small Mods
LittleMsSam_RSM_Toddlers_DontGoToDaycare.package LittleMsSam_RSM_GuestsOnlyOrderDrinkWhenNotBusy.package LittleMsSam_RSM_AutoCheckToddlerTweaks.package
LittleMsSam_RSM_FanStansOnlyHomelessSims.package LittleMsSam_RSM_BouncerOnlyHomelessSims.package LittleMsSam_RSM_NewHugAnimationIfConfident.package LittleMsSam_RSM_NoCelebOutfitCopying.package
Cats and Dogs:
SimDa Dating App
Small Invite to Hang Out Overhaul
Small Pet Food Overhaul
Social Activities (Visit Friends, Family and more)
Vampire Invasions on Community Lots Fix (kind of)
Don't download these Updates if you have the Legacy Edition!
Hello yes I’m alive and aware that ZK fanwork appreciation week happened but I literally have to not sleep to make time for art these days. And I’ve been trying to squeeze stuff in but...
It keeps turning into something like this:
Either I have a one-track mind or my creativity has imploded (or I’m just really tired haha~) but thanks for being patient with me either way. I’m going to try my absolute darndest to participate in ZK Bollywood Week because how could I not??