Wil Wheaton Announces "Don't Be a Dick Day"

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Wil Wheaton Announces "Don't Be a Dick Day"

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Wil Wheaton celebrates his big four-oh by declaring it "Don't Be A Dick Day."

On July 29th, Wil Wheaton, nerdling prince and former Star Trek incumbent, will turn forty years old. While it's traditional to receive gifts on one's birthday, Wil only wants one thing from you: He wants you to avoid being a dick.

"Hi! I'm Wil Wheaton, and my birthday is July 29th," reads a message on dontbeadickday.com. "I can think of no better birthday gift than for my birthday to be known as Don't Be A Dick Day."

"I believe in you, Internet. I know you can make this happen."

How does one celebrate Don't Be A Dick Day? If the website's FAQ and this handy chart are to be believed, all you need to do is check if you're being a dick. Then, should you discover that you are, in fact, being a dick, cut it out.

The message echoes a statement Wheaton made at ECCC back in 2011.

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like ... don't be a dick."

Words to live by.

Source: Don't Be A Dick Day

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Why would I want to celebrate his birthday 365 times a year?

The punchline of a certain Tom Lehrer song springs to mind...

How to become disappoint in 1 easy step...

Step 1: Challenge the internet to better itself.

Can we have a "don't ruin Star Trek" day on MY birthday?

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

DVS BSTrD:
Can we have a "don't ruin Star Trek" day on MY birthday?

I have a don't rape my childhood George Lucas day on my birthday

He makes a good point. I think I'll try it.

Was it only me who saw the link and thought 'When the hell did they allow apostrophes into URLs?' followed quickly by 'oh god, there's gonna be so many badly placed ones, followed by so much pedant rage'.

Fortunately, it was only in the shortcut and not in the URL :D

Caption for the pic:

"Wil Wheaton WANTS YOU...to not be a dick."

DVS BSTrD:
Can we have a "don't ruin Star Trek" day on MY birthday?

ZING

He also quite often comes off as what some people would describe being a "dick" himself really, so I don't particularly get this request xD

Wait...Wil Wheaton is 40?

Fuck you Wil.

Yeah, I win.

very well Wil Weaton...I shall endeavour, to not be a dick

FogHornG36:
Uhh... shut up wesley

Embedded for you.

OT:was never into Star Trek so I don't care about him, and I don't plan on not being a dick for more than 42 seconds every day.

Hey if he can pull of not being a dick once a year, I think I can pull off a whole year... Like I do anyways.

Grey Carter:
The message echoes a statement Wheaton made at ECCC back in 2011.

2011? Wil Wheaton passed the message to LoadingReadyRun in 2009!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtOZFpTsf34&t=6m3s

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

It's ok to be a dick as long as you're a dick to everyone?

That just makes you more of a dick...

How about not being a dick in the first place?

Or, as he put it: "Don't be a dick."

Mr.Tea:

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

It's ok to be a dick as long as you're a dick to everyone?

That just makes you more of a dick...

How about not being a dick in the first place?

Or, as he put it: "Don't be a dick."

It's sexist to only care about not being a dick to women.

haha thats awesome :D

What a coincidence. Today we're voting if we should keep or dismiss our current president, who's been kind of a giant dick. Will Wheaton has spoken, down with the presidential dick!

Seems reasonable. I think I can handle that.

Says the guy who has an internet show about table top games he plays regularly so he can be a dick to the other players.

I'm sorry, but who is this? I don't think this needs to be made into a day.

I vote we make everyday don't be a dick day! Screw Christmas, we need to get this holiday started 6 months early!

I wish it really was as easy as saying 'don't be a dick' and nothing else, I really do. People just aren't built that way though.

That's a very nice sentiment Wil, but I can already tell from some of the other posters on this thread that it's going to be a massive failure. Some (read: "many") people are just natural born dicks. __

Somehow I think people will fail to interpret the chart and will continue to be dicks.

Oh well, the sentiment is nice. I think I'll be a nice guy tomorrow.

Crono1973:
Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Yes, but there's a difference. Guys who are being dicks in games tend to call each other stupid fucking camper noob twats in games (or be completely unintelligible).
They tend to do this to women.

Anyway... we shouldn't need a day to not be dicks. We should have a day where we CAN be dicks and the rest of the year we shouldn't be.

I'll try but I doubt I'll make it throughout the whole day. I just know at some point someone is gonna say something to me and I'll end up being a total dick like I always do.

canadamus_prime:
That's a very nice sentiment Wil, but I can already tell from some of the other posters on this thread that it's going to be a massive failure. Some (read: "many") people are just natural born dicks. __

I particularly like the implication that because he mentioned "if a woman enters a game" and "don't be a dick" in the same quote, he's now sexist.

I try to not be a dick all the time.

It usually works pretty well. :D

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

so you're advicating being a dick? so everybody should be a dick to everyone else? I am pretty sure you're not a dick on the internet, but we should not be dicks to anyone; and just saying "don't indiscrimatly be a dick" doesn't fix the promblem;
if I go around poisoning people, it doesn't make it right if I do it indiscriminatly; I am still poisoning people and thats wrong because people don't deserve being poisoned/being insulted by a dick by some person whose grasping for whatever that compells them to do said acts

Nobody said being a dick to men is right while being a dick to women is wrong; being a dick to anybody is wrong.

P.s: he metioned women specically because ot just so happens that examples of really horrible things being said to women is being talked about right now

jamesbrown:

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

so you're advicating being a dick? so everybody should be a dick to everyone else? I am pretty sure you're not a dick on the internet, but we should not be dicks to anyone; and just saying "don't indiscrimatly be a dick" doesn't fix the promblem;
if I go around poisoning people, it doesn't make it right if I do it indiscriminatly; I am still poisoning people and thats wrong because people don't deserve being poisoned/being insulted by a dick by some person whose grasping for whatever that compells them to do said acts

Nobody said being a dick to men is right while being a dick to women is wrong; being a dick to anybody is wrong.

P.s: he metioned women specically because ot just so happens that examples of really horrible things being said to women is being talked about right now

That he mentioned women especially IS my problem. It's funny how people claim that men have all the power but when women complain, everyone fuckin' jumps onboard to be chivalrous. That shit makes me sick.

I would prefer if people weren't dicks to each other, EQUALLY!

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

that's not what he was saying at all.

Crono1973:

"I actually have a thing to say to guys who play video games," he said. "When a woman joins the game, like... don't be a dick."

Being a Trek fan and thinking Wheaton was a pretty cool guy I had nothing but respect for him but this quote just means he's caught up in this PC bullshit too.

Listen folks, women want to be treated equally so they should be. If you're a dick to other guys, then you SHOULD be a dick to women too. Anything else is preferential treatment.

Watch how many women come along to defend preferential treatment.

Women are definitely treated worse on the Internet pal, and if you can't figure that out you really need to click that fat, slut, or ugly link (or whatever the order is). I've been on the Internet for a while and I have gotten nowhere near the level of shit that site shows women getting.

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