|You Want My Opinion, "Abuse Team"? Here's My Opinion....
||[Aug. 15th, 2006|06:53 pm]
lj_abuse didn't work out
"LiveJournal is committed to the ideal of free speech, as long as that does not include content which invades the privacy of others. For this reason, we would like to explain our policies before we take any action.
"It is a violation of the Terms of Service to post content which is invasive to another person's privacy, such as a full name or email address. However, it is not against the Terms of Service to post negative opinions about other users. LiveJournal is committed to preserving as much free speech as possible for its users."
-- from the boilerplate text the LJ "Abuse Team" uses over and over and over again as justification for its allowing all manner of bullying, viciousness, libel, racism, creedism, sexism, hatred, venality, and generalized evil to appear in LiveJournal pages.
Okay, I have some some "negative opinions". First off, evidence suggests that LJ Support and LJ Abuse are corrupted by friendships with members of the open-sewer passing for a community I refer to occasionally as "dot_vicious_abuse", and similar communities related to it -- members of "d_v_a" have bragged about their connections with Support on multiple occasions, daring their victims to file TOS grievances, laughing about their immunity.
It is clear to my view that this corruption extends all the way to the heads of the abuse and support departments: rahaeli a.k.a. denisep a.k.a. synecdochic, and markf a.k.a. ferrell.
You heard me, I think they're willingly corrupt. That's my negative opinion based on the evidence I've seen.
During the recent Nipplegate Affair, rahaeli had a default icon of a painting clearly showing female nipples outlined under a wisp of cloth. When complaints were made to LJ Abuse, complainants were told that Abuse couldn't see any nipples or representations of nipples. (She only changed it from her default icon under pressure after the hypocrisy became too well known, and still has it as a non-default icon.) Make your own judgement here, the icon in question is under the keywords "only way to beat it is to bat it down".
In the meantime, the "Abuse Team" (who no doubt yell "Go Team Abuse!" at meetings like The Venture Bros. yell "Go Team Venture!") has spent hundreds of person-hours harassing nursing mothers about default icons with a pixel or two of areola showing outside a nursing baby's lips, while (to cite just three of many examples) man_juice has a default icon of a naked male viewed from the front, penis exposed, get_naked has an animated default icon showing photographed couples in a variety of positions representing sexual intercourse with fully exposed female nipples, and couplefucking have an insertion shot for a default icon. The ever-so-vigilant "Abuse Team" hasn't seen it's way to object to any of these.
LiveJournal has White Power and Nazi communities, some of them only a single jerk maintainer and a couple of buddies, some of them with dozens or hundreds of members, where the plans of "what we'll do to them when we take over" are openly discussed. LJ Abuse is okay with these.
LiveJournal has "childfree" communities where mothers are enthusiastically disparaged as "moos" and children are considered "sprogs" or "crotchdroppings". LJ Abuse is okay with these.
LiveJournal has fundamentalist Christian communities where the Burning in Hellfire of everyone who isn't them is regarded joyously, where the plans of "what we'll do to them when we take over" are openly discussed. LJ Abuse is okay with these.
LiveJournal has communities where teen-aged girls suffering the disease of anoxeria urge each other on in their effort to starve themselves to death. LJ Abuse is okay with these.
(And related to this, six times I saw suicide announcements in the depression community. Six times I reported them to LJ Abuse/Support for possible intervention. Six times, LJ Abuse/Support workers had private information available to them about these members which could have been used to contact relatives or local authorities to prevent these suicide attempts and chose, deliberately, to do nothing. Did they die? I don't know, but if they did, LJ Abuse/Support apparently was okay with their deaths.
(I've given up reading the depression community. Perhaps LJ Abuse/Support people get off on seeing sick people announcing their imminent, self-inflicted deaths. I don't.)
I have not the words to strongly enough voice my contempt and disgust with the men and women of LJ Support and LJ Abuse. They appear from their actions to be among the most emotionally stunted, venally corrupt, unfeeling sociopaths it has ever been my displeasure to encounter.
This is what your money supports, paid members who are reading this. This is what the advertising revenue supports, Sponsored Plus members who are reading this. Are a few extra User Icons worth it?
P. S.: If my journal is suddenly suspended, well, speaking truth to power always has risks, but as a philosopher of my youth put it, "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more!"
P. P. S.: Also see this article: http://davidkevin.livejournal.com/216377.html.