Whining is my biggest pet peeve. I do it, of course, but sparingly. My issue with whining is that most of the things people whine about are 100% completely in their control and optional. Sean is sorry now that he secretly and privately whined that I wrote too much in the last 24 hours on my blog. I wrote two long posts, I admit, but it was his choice to read. It would be different if I was an assignment for his job or something, but he must get some enjoyment out of reading the blog or he wouldn't bother.
That whining over voluntary things is an especially rampant problem in video games and other online cultures. If you find an online forum that doesn't include posts by people who say "Thanks for wasting my thirty minutes, jerk" you haven't read all the comments. It isn't the developer's fault that somebody didn't like the content. It isn't even the creator's responsibility if a person spent x dollars and didn't like the content. It's the users responsibility to research something and see if they will like it before purchasing. Games, books, apps, ect all come with descriptions, trailers, and reviews so if you buy something you don't like you have no right to whine about ir.
Same with political elections. If you didn't vote, you can't whine. If you honestly don't care about who your leaders are than by all means skip the election, but no whining. Budgets , menus, and plans are another example. If you had an opportunity to be and weren't part of the progress it is your own fault and you can't whine. Take power where you can get it. Use the little bit of agency you have.
So these are the only times it's acceptable to whine. My friends, I will call you on it.
- A decision was made that you had no power over and can't change