State of the Molehill By Rob Wynne On August 9, 2007 In Blog Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, –William Butler Yeats This latest round in LJ Drama makes me profoundly sad. That is all. meta Previous Tonight’s game: Star Munchkin Next One Last Song 13 Comments Add Comment → kightp Me, too. August 9, 2007 Reply katyhh *hugs* just cuz August 9, 2007 Reply technoshaman It doesn’t me, and I’ll tell you why. This is the first round where I’ve seen people actually doing stuff about it rather than just whining… putting their code and their hardware where their keyboards are. It’ll be pretty darn cool if it works out… August 9, 2007 Reply Rob Wynne I’ve got a whole rant on this, but I’m too tired and frustrated and sad about the whole thing right now. But chew on this for a while: Do you *really* think there’s a magical place to set up where you’ll be free of this kind of thing? Because there isn’t. Even if you build your own site, someone has to host it, and someone has to provide bandwidth, and those companies will have the same kinds of pressures, and the same Acceptable Use Policies. I’m not trying to be an apologist for 6A; they’ve done many things that were downright stupid. And there are people who are engaging 6A in a rational and constructive manner, and I hope that 6A is response to them. But the baying for blood and rattling of sabers is wearying, and the mob mentality in a group I expect better of is both frightening and disappointing. I suppose it has always been the habit of fandom to tilt at ideological windmills, but this seems to have been whipped into a fervor that far outweighs what’s really going on. And that makes me sad. August 9, 2007 Reply bedlamhouse Hear, hear. Well said. I feel your frustration and am also experiencing it. I wait. August 9, 2007 Reply tigerbright It is the people who are doing something constructive that I’m rooting for. For example, I signed this open letter: http://bubble-blunder.livejournal.com/82091.html August 9, 2007 Reply bardling Well said. I’m with you on this. *hug* August 9, 2007 Reply the_gwenzilliad I agree. *smooch* August 9, 2007 Reply poltr1 Aye. I’m trying to see both sides of the issue, and I’m getting tired of the flame wars that have been erupting over this. August 9, 2007 Reply ketzl blissfully unaware What’s the issue? August 9, 2007 Reply ailsaek I think I am one of he few people on my flist who really doesn’t care. American case law shows that pornographic images or text about underaged participants are actionable whether the participants are real minors or just imaginary. So if a company just doesn’t want to go there, I don’t see the problem. The fact that I find pornography about people younger than my daughter repugnant in the extreme doesn’t help either, I suppose. August 9, 2007 Reply stevemb The problems aren’t with the policies per se (it’s their property and they can make rules on how it’s run). The problems are with failures to make their policies clear*, enforcement without good-faith efforts to consider the alleged violators’ side of the story, and rather unprofessional responses from employees. *It has been suggested that is related to the fact that if they explicitly modify the Terms of Service, they are required (unded California law, since that’s where their corp is set up) to give paid members a refund if they choose to reject the new TOS and leave. August 9, 2007 Reply allisona I agree :(. I’m trying to be sympathetic and understanding to appropriate sides, but really I’m just fearful we’re about to lose a really wonderful on-line community that isn’t going to reform as well or better in any other idealized place. Time will tell. August 9, 2007 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.