Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in the Auran forum crash. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing how to research a subject;
Why learning to create early is educational and fun;
Life isn’t always fair;
and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound community policies (don’t spend more time Trainzing than you need to) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place by various people. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with committing serious offenses for asking harmless questions; teens suspended from posting by self-appointed moderators; and longtime members run off by various negative attitudes, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when community members attacked moderators for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do, following the Code of Conduct themselves and encouraging their friends to do so too.
He declined even further when younger users were required to get parental consent to use the program, but nobody could inform parents when a younger user had problems socializing and needed help from home.
Common Sense lost the will to live as creators quit because of lack of support; and a minority of posters took it upon them selves to, “fix the Trainz world and save all creators because they were gods.”
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from Dogpilers who thought gang-jumping members was the way to, “initiate,” you into the community as if it was a ghetto street gang and the Dogpilers would near sue you for providing community help the old-fashioned way. His body was broken when someone had a post deleted for language and responded by presenting a false story of events, pulling creations and blaming community members for not protesting in his favor, still blaming the community to this day.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a member posted, “Penn Central is the epitome of railroading.” That member then derailed an entire coal train, and was promptly awarded a government bailout.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.