Award-winning STOMP actually stands for Straits Times Online Mobile Print. The goal is to have a leading citizen-journalism website with user-generated material.
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Stomp is just getting more and more ridiculous and absurd; at times, even verging on the edge of atrocious. Half of the stories you see are posted by nosey parkers, not wanting to let others live their own lives. There was a picture posted by a Stomper (that is the moniker for users who post on Stomp), which depicted two men holding hands. The Stomper was mocking them for being gay, and for publicly displaying their affection. I mean, this could not be any more accurate – how rigid minded and childish we Singaporeans are, choosing to spend our time on useless things like these, and instead turn the whole story one hundred and eighty degrees around and complain about how we do not have enough time.
Obviously, many Stompers are ‘enticed’ by Stomp’s policy of rewarding monetary rewards or that of in the form of vouchers, to Stompers who can post the most news worthy stories. As greedy as Singaporeans can get, Stompers are probably too desperate for a minimal sum of money, and resort to making a mountain out of a molehill; of everything and anything they come across.
To me, Stomp is the perfect place to go to see the ugly, but usually, accurate side of Singaporeans – lack of manners, no courtesy, nosey, rigid minded and very Asian.
Stomp is one of those websites which should have been banned or put away from the surface of the internet. The website is filled with nonsenses and the writers there made such a big fuss over small matter.
They write things that Singaporeans see every day, like rowdy teens, people being intimate in public, and a lot more. What the writers do not see is that they are hurting these normal citizens, mentally and emotionally, with their post on Stomp.
I had a friend who was being featured on a Stomp article about a mistake he did during a performance. He went to depression for like a week and pushed everyone away. He could not forgive himself for the mistake, whereas it was not his fault. The Stomper just had to post it up online, probably to make the article popular.
I think Stomp has harmed more people than we know. What if one day you wake up and saw your face on a Stomp article? Would it be embarrassing and painful for you? It has to stop.
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What initially began as an exciting place for citizen journalism has now been degraded to a trashy waste of time and effort. To be honest, I liked the concept of citizen journalism. The idea that people were encouraged to be vigilant and aware of the issues and situations around them instead of just being absorbed into their own world.
These days, people get Stomped for the most ridiculous things and it's just sad. If every NS guy sitting on the train is considered a newsworthy thing to criticise and write about, then I really don't want to be in the know about local news anymore.
It seems pretty easy to get stomped and it was always something that me and my friends joked about but other than that, it provides 0 entertainment value. Any "unglam" act would be deemed worthy of being featured on this infamous website. I'm amazed the site is still up and running.
STOMP is a great portal for Singaporeans to express their views/opinions on our city's affairs, and in a way the things that get said on published articles are "truly Singaporean". It truly is a way to get an idea or sense of the public's mentality.
That said, the articles I read on STOMP leave me disappointed and I would tell anyone who would listen not to read the stuff that get posted. What gets published are are nitty gritty affairs that serve no purpose but for one to share their personal "breaking news" that hardly has any real impact. You can read these trivial issues for entertainment, but not for any serious news reading.
It has become a portal for Singaporeans to complain and therefore we are indefinitely "washing our dirty linen" in public for the world to discern our little country.
In my point of view, STOMP is just a website that one will go when they are bored and needs to have some laugh. It used to be an interesting website whereby people STOMP unusual stuffs. However, as time goes by, it starts to get boring as basically everyone just stomps the same thing over and over again. It invades people's privacy - from "unique" dressing styles that is inappropriate for their age to couples making out in public places to screenshots of someone's Facebook status.
However, I like the section Courtroom. It allows me to know the latest news without referring to the newspapers or news. Nonetheless, go to news or newspapers for articles. STOMP Courtroom is just a summarized version of it.
Stomp. This site literally stomps on people's privacy. Next time in a public place, always remember to sleep with you mouth open, never walk in the opposite direction and never, wear flip flops to orchard. Beware of "stompers", you might be the next Internet sensation, and not for something good. This site is mainly for those people to view and have a laugh, definitely not something to be taken seriously. Judging by the number of ridiculous send-ins by Singaporeans desperate to make some quick bucks. However, these site also has its good points. Being that, Singaporeans, alert of the existence of this site and its uses, will refrain from doing wrong acts which may cause them to be the subject of ridicule eg, littering, not giving up seat to the elderly.
What I can say is that, read with an open mind and heart, don't take things personally or seriously as what you see online may not always depict the true picture.
Let me give you a perfect example of what Stomp is, dear hapless reader.
Imagine the news channels of the world as bars. CNN and BBC would be the top bars on the strip, famed and loved and daily visited by the addicted, where you will hear top stories and latest news developments. New York Tribune and The News Herald will be a common bar, loved moderately, visited moderately, and you'll have your fair share of worldly news updates here.
Now Stomp. Stomp will be the cheap, Tuesday bar at the end of the strip, hanging on a leaking roof and regularly delaying on rental. There is no worthy news you can catch up on here. What can you catch up on? Cheap gossip, celebrity talk, club news, weird things you really don't need to know about. So why do you go anyway? Because entertainment is cheap here.
I have judged every single person I know who reads Stomp and I openly laugh at their choice of "news channel". I have learnt nothing from Stomp except that I can earn $50 by putting a self-timer on a train then buying a quick drink and posting something along the lines of "teen drinks coke on a train wa jialat ah!"
This is the site to exercise and fail in all your journalistic dreams because honestly, nobody cares how you write or how DSLR-worthy your photo is -- as long as it's cheap gossip, it's good enough.
Find a new bar, don't stay here, I will judge you.
STOMP used to be an interesting site where people post interesting things they found or seen. But as time goes by I felt that the website is being "abused”. Now, every single thing you are doing might just get stomped. Lovers hugging while at library, people doing a dare on their special day, got drunk and lying around outside clubs… The list can go on. Some of the comments are pointless and is not even related to the posts too. People are more cautious about what they do in public nowadays for the fear of being stomped. Stomp is slowly invading into the privacy of our daily lives.
STOMP is a website where you get to read about the latest happenings in Singapore, most of which can become really controversial topics, be it true or false. If you are able to send in a story, I believe you can earn yourself 50 bucks, so I heard.
Through STOMP, I read a lot of interesting, weird and juicy news taking place in Singapore, some of which sound like imaginative stories written by people who just wanna humour others. Honestly, I think there are a lot of witty and creative Singaporeans just by reading through STOMP. I still remember ever reading this article telling male students to be careful of a pervert, but the pervert's face is up close and censored. What can be funnier than the article itself would be the comments, although sometimes some comments can be really offensive and a little bit too much.
Not everything is purely for laughs though. There are some sensibly written articles and debatable topics that you can find on this website, although some might turn you into a negative and judgemental being, so beware.
I feel that one can turn to STOMP when they are really bored, or wanna find out what's 'in the know' in Singapore, regardless of its reliability. But try to take certain things lightly, especially the really ridiculous reads. Laugh it off, and take a breather if needed.
Basically everything around that is out of the ordinary or unsightly to anyone can be put up on this website. The infamous website has even won itself the word Stomp, which is being used to describe an action of putting a photo on stomp. For instance: you've been stomp-ed.
Somehow or another it is becoming increasingly annoying that everything is being over dramatized and over reacted against. Furthermore it just fuels judgmental stares and criticism around, promoting an unfriendly environment. The things that can be found on the website include trivial matters like people sitting on reserved or special seats on the trains, to people making out in the public transport or at void decks. I would suppose the purpose of why this website came about to be created in the first place would be to display the unorthodox or rather interesting sites of Singapore that people would not see on a daily basis.However by simply flooding the website with such childish gossip, it just undermines the whole idea of promoting the hidden cultures that we have beneath the surface of Singapore. The power of the internet and technology paired with the convenience of smart phones indeed brings out ugly sides of human nature that one would never have thought of, how easily personal privacy and space can be violated these days!
Sometimes I really think that some Singaporeans are very contradictory. For example, the elderly’s ugly acts (jump the queue, cursing in the public, smoke on public transport and more), would make me think that some older people don’t really need to respect, because they don’t respect others in the first place. I consider Singapore is only half open-minded society. Students holding hands in their uniform is their freedom, but those who shoot and Stomp is a violation of people's freedom and privacy. I feel that Stompers are those boring people doing boring things. Wanted to learn foreign countries regarding freedom of speech? All Singaporeans should accept the damage brought about by the freedom of expression.
What i really see STOMP as a ranting place for Singaporeans. The most common post that we will find on STOMP is people complaining about foreigners/Singaporeans seating on reserved seats. This not only showcases the ugly side of Singaporeans but also fuels the xenophobic side of Singaporeans.
Furthermore, STOMP is using money incentives to encourage people to post more 'juicy' articles on STOMP. This may even cause some people to be 'unscrupulous' or even twist the facts just to make things more interesting. This shouldn't be the case. But once again, isn't it all the same with all gossip sites? Guess everything should just be taken with a pinch of salt.