Site Q & A
Q. Where does your site get its name? And why such a long one?
A. "We All Live in a Pokémon World..." is a line from the Orange Islands U.S. theme song, at which time was brand new (in 2000) as was this site. And with the controversy that surrounded Pokémon during that time, it seemed appropriate and defining of the ever-growing world of Pokémon that the rest of the world just had to get used to and hopefully accept (lengthwise, there's no better way to say it!). More than ten years since Pokémon's and this site's debut, it's still very much a Pokémon world.
Q. With your site, are you trying to change people's minds who don't like Pokémon into liking it?
A. No. The purpose of this site is to disprove accusations made against Pokémon. It is one thing to simply dislike something, but to invent and spread misinformation and lies about Pokémon (battling=cockfighting, etc) or anything else is quite another, and is harmful not only to the franchise and the fans, but to people looking for honest answers (parents, teachers, etc). Many people often dislike things they do not understand; this site was created to offer a basic understanding of Pokémon through factual descriptions and tangible examples (related episodes/games/etc.) for people to then base their opinion, rather than blindly prejudging it.
Q. I thought the controversy over Pokémon ended years ago. Isn't a site like this no longer necessary?
A. If only that were true...while some of the initial misconceptions and prejudice regarding Pokémon may be a thing of the past, it's heartbreaking to see that others still haven't gone away (see above), despite the best efforts of The Pokémon Company and the support of fans. As recently as the Diamond & Pearl era, I considered taking the site offline, having gone for years without encountering any of the old controversy or new threats to Pokémon's good name, however, that changed drastically in the following era of Black & White. While much of this site contains content from as far back as 2000, I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible by addressing issues faced by Pokémon and its fans today, now matter how large or small, and will continue to do so...and the less updates I have to make, the better.
Q. What do you ultimately want people to come away with after visiting "We All Live in a Pokémon World..."?
A. As stated above, for parents, teachers, and other critics, I would like for my site to have given them a more objective, informed, and positive view of the world of Pokémon by providing accurate information and examples that allow Pokémon to speak for itself, as opposed to rumors and criticism on which they may have initially based their opinions, and to know that there are adults who are Pokémon fans as well. At the very least, please learn how to properly pronounce the word "Pokémon" (Po-KAY-mahn); a little effort is the first step in overcoming years of ignorance - it drives me crazy to still (in the BW era) hear "POKEY-mon" from parents, flea market venders, and even game store employees! For fans, I'd like everyone to know that there are people like me out there who have loved Pokémon since the beginning (late 1990s/Kanto era), who still love Pokémon just as much or even more, for what Pokémon is today and as a whole.
Q. Why doesn't your site have its own domain name?
A. "We All Live in a Pokémon World..." is one of several websites that I own and manage (others include Dream Valley, Oak Branch Woods, etc...), all of which ARE run off of my personal domain (kimsites.net), provided by a professional web hosting service (as opposed to a free host) and is ad-free.
Q. Are you (or is We All Live in a Pokémon World...) on Facebook, Twitter, etc?
A. No, I do not have an account with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site at this time, and I do not feature any of my websites there, nor am I posted as a "fan" or "friend" of any topic/page. If I do decide to create a page on any of these media sites, they will be linked on my existing websites; otherwise, they are not mine.
A link to any of my sites on a Facebook/Twitter page is not an endorsement by me of that page; if you are linking We All Live in a Pokémon World... on Facebook, Twitter, your personal/Pokémon site (non-affiliate), etc., please email me.
I have added this question as it was brought to my attention that there have been Facebook pages under my name relating to the topics My Little Pony and Pokémon, or listing one of my sites as their website or "location". None of these are mine; they are either fake or coincidence, just a matter of sharing the same name.
Q. Why doesn't your site have common features like (complete) episode/movie guides (i.e.'Next in Japan/U.S.'), character bios, Pokédex/Berrydex/natures, game walk-throughs/cheats, fanart/fic submissions, sprites, forums, oekaki, (its own) Topsites, CuteNews, Cbox, PlugBoard, etc...
A. I don't really feel it's necessary for an individual site like mine to offer such features since the latest Pokémon news and most Pokémon information can be found at larger fan community-based online resources including serebii.net and Bulbapedia; news and information is also is posted on the official Pokémon website, and official guides for (most) Pokémon games are available in stores. Other Pokémon fan sites may also include some of the above features, both informational and otherwise; some sites may also include an AAP (Anti-Anti Pokémon) section, however, mine is the one and only site fully devoted to the defense of Pokémon, making it one of a kind. I pride my website for offering unique counter-arguments to common Pokémon issues as well as those not covered on any other site. Also, in an effort to keep this site family-friendly, no unmoderated posting is permitted, which is why there is no forum, Cbox, PlugBoard, or the like. While external links are reviewed regularly, this site is not responsible for the content of affiliated, linked, webring, top sites, or fanlistings.
Q. There are hundreds of Pokémon; why do you (almost) always choose Ash and Pikachu to represent your site?
A. I was actually asked this question in an interview (no longer online; site has since changed to a non-Pokémon format), and at first, I thought it was odd thing to ask, as they have always been the main characters after all. However, I quickly realized that nearly all of the (non-character-specific) Pokémon fansites that exist today (as opposed to those online at the time my site was new) actually do not feature Ash (and Pikachu) or anyone/anything else related to the animé. Personally, I have always felt that Ash's bond with his Pikachu best represents what the world of Pokémon is all about, and have become an even bigger fan of his in recent years. In keeping with the site's theme, Ash and Pikachu, as they continue their journey together, also represent the past, present, and future, with the layout changing to keep current as time goes on, and the two of them will always be featured at the heart of my site.
Q. How often is this site updated? And the layout?
A. Whenever the mood moves me, which can mean anything from small updates like listing new Related episodes to adding entire new sections...usually when an issue concerning Pokémon gets me so worked up I have to write about it. In regards to affiliation requirements, as previously stated, I find it very unfair for one site to dictate when others are to be updated. The time it would take for me to write down every update that takes place - or to note that the site has not been updated - could be better spent making actual updates. For all practical purposes, minor updates such as adding/checking affiliates, related episodes, email posts, and content-related edits are done several times a month. I like to keep the layout/header/splash current with the present generation, and like the rest of the site, depends on my mood, usually when I find a nice new screenshot or am inspired to create a piece of fan art.
Q. How do you choose the Related episodes? Are they your favorites?
A. Related episodes are those that illustrate the issues concerning Pokémon covered in the various sections on this site. Not only do they help explain some of the mysteries of the Pokémon world, but many serve to dispell common misconceptions about Pokémon including human-Pokémon interaction and battling, and are recommended to both new viewers and especially opponents. Of these episodes, my personal favorites are marked with a Luvdisc icon (), as I do tend to prefer episodes related to what's mentioned on the site. Episodes marked Highly Recommended! are reserved for the absolute best of the best. Of course, this is not to take away from any other episodes in the series, of which I also have plenty of favorites, and I recommended that the series be viewed in its entirety, in English and/or the original Japanese when possible (note that in some cases due to editing, only the Japanese version is recommended or preferred). However, please note that this is a fan-made site and is not responsible for the content of any Pokémon episodes (banned, edited, controversial, or otherwise). Related episode lists are updated as often as necessary.
Q. Why is your Pokémon site so animé-oriented? Why is there almost no mention of the manga?
A. Obviously, my site specializes in the defense of all things Pokémon, and let's face it, while teachers do confiscate Pokémon trading cards and parents continuously campaign against video games (Pokémon or otherwise), it's the animé that is the most recognizable aspect Pokémon which makes it an easy target with banned episodes and misinterpreted messages regarding Pokémon battles. Fortunately, it's also in the animé that so many of these misconceptions are dispelled and the most useful tool to get critics to look at Pokémon in another light (see Related episodes question above). Messages including respect for nature and compassion for living creatures are also illustrated in the video games and manga, with the best examples recommended in appropriately-themed sections on the site.
Q. How can a Pokémon gamer, who doesn't necessarily watch the animé, benefit from your site?
A. It depends on your individual situation; video games, Pokémon or otherwise, have long been an issue with parents and in response, in several articles on this site, I have tried to point out for fans still dealing with this that the same morals and ethics that are found in the Pokémon animé are present in all of the Pokémon video games, including learning to raise Pokémon with kindness as well as teaching others to do so, protecting Pokémon from those who would harm them, and most importantly that Pokémon battles create some of the deepest bonds between trainer (player) and Pokémon, and is not the violent bloodsport that is so easily generalized by gaming stereotypes (or singled out by critics). In general, Pokémon games, like most video games - not just those deemed as 'educational' - particularly RPGs, encourage thinking, strategy, creativity, and problem solving while engaging players in strong, interactive stories. In addition, I once stood behind a woman in line who was buying (non-Pokémon) video games while complaining to the cashier that she didn't like spending the money because her kids would be done with them in a week. However, with the nearly endless gameplay, the post-stories in many Pokémon games offer hundreds of hours of side-quests, training, collecting, rematches, contests (in some games), mini-games, events, and playing with friends, even at full (new) retail price, always giving you your money's worth. For more information on Pokémon issues/counters, please see AAP Help.
Q. Why doesn't this site have a hit counter, especially since since number of hits is a requirement for many affiliates?
A. I've had problems with malfunctioning hit counters in the past on my other sites, so it's really not worth the trouble. As for it being a requirement for affiliation, I believe there's more to value of a site than just numbers, which is why I don't require it myself. For more info, please read the full list of affiliate rules.
Q. Can I apply for 'Sister Site' (as opposed to 'Affiliate')?
A. No. "Sister Site" is literally my sister Amy's site/blog.
Q. Can I advertise my business site/buy ad space on "We All Live in a Pokémon World..."?
A. No; none of my websites accept advertising of any kind or affiliation with unrelated sites. This is a non-profit site and only affiliates with other non-profit Pokémon-related web sites. Please do not ask! For more info, please read the full list of affiliate rules.
Q. Can I submit my Pokémon fan art to your Fan Art section?
A. No, sorry, the fan art section is for my personal work and artwork by personal friends only. There are several other Pokémon fan sites that accept artwork submissions.
Q. Would you please read/review my Pokémon fanfic? Can I submit content to "We All Live in a Pokémon World..."?
A. I actually saw this same question on another Pokémon site, and I have been asked; in both cases, the answer is 'no'. First, I rarely read Pokémon fan fiction, and in the case of fanfic and the like, I am not comfortable judging other people's work, therefore this site also does not accept contributions. There are plenty of Pokémon sites where fanfic can be submitted; if you decide to create your own Pokémon web page with the work in question (there are several Pokémon sites that offer help with layouts and web hosting), provided it meets the requirement of containing no inappropriate content, I will gladly consider affiliating.
Q. Why hasn't my e-mail message been posted on the Visitor's Support page?
A. The most likely reason is because when I replied to your message I did not receive a reply back stating that I had your permission to post it online (messages are never posted without permission). I also do not reply to or post messages written entirely in chat/txt speak; messages containing inappropriate content will also be ignored. Only messages sent to me by direct e-mail are received; I do not accept messages sent through social media sites. In most cases, it could just be that your e-mail/message simply did not go through; please try resending.
Q. What's up with all the references to "Go, Diego, Go!"? What does this have to do with Pokémon?
A. I actually became interested in Diego the same way I became interested in Pokémon, after learning of a parent-based campaign against yet another show in which situations involving cute, living creatures were taken out of context and misinterpreted, specifically a movement that began on the Nickelodeon messages boards in 2006 in which parents tried (unsuccessfully) to get the episode "Cool Water for Ana the Anaconda" banned. Being an animal lover, I quickly discovered similarities between the two shows, and like Pokémon, the accusations proved to be groundless. Also, these arguments take away from the values taught through these characters, again as with Pokémon.
"Have you ever fought an idea? It has no weapon to destroy, no body to kill."
-Gowron ("Rightful Heir" [Star Trek: The Next Generation])
|Text and artwork copyright © 2000-2013 by Kimberly (RageOfInnocence)
Pokémon © Satoshi Tajiri, Nintendo/Creatures, Inc./Game Freak, The Pokémon Company International
The beautiful screenshots of Ash, Pikachu, and their friends and Pokémon are from various themes and episodes from Pokémon
(Kanto/Orange Islands/Johto series), Advanced Generation, Diamond & Pearl, and Best Wishes!/Black & White
Dream Valley | Oak Branch Woods | We All Live in a Pokémon World | Kimberly's Attic