January 31st, 2012

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  • misstia

our racism rule revisited....

i said we would revisit this on february 1st, but one, that's the start of a contest, two i'm already having a horrible day (terminally ill kitty, luddite friend already messing up computer, i'm sick, etc) so let's add to the stress and discuss something difficult again!!

now.....here is the original post about the new rule here...of course this doesn't include the feedback i received via email, messages and FB.....here is the follow up post (it's down a little bit in the post) here.....

as i wrote in the second post, the feedback for the rule was 50/50 and i could see both sides of the situation....as a mod i try to be sensitive and pro-active and i understood and could empathize with the request for the cut....i did not agree with the request for all ads that took the racism tag to be under a cut though as i felt that would be a disservice...that is why i worded the rule, blatantly.......

i understood the people who said it was a very slippery slope and that what one person considered blatant another would not, or that some people would think everything was blatant and that that would open the door for requests for other types of ads to be behind a cut.....

having had this rule in effect for what, a month and a half now, i believe there's only been a couple posts that have dealt with this issue.....both of the posts, in my opinion would not have needed to be behind a cut as they were not, in my opinion, blatantly racist....one post though had comments requesting it be behind a cut....the other post, i received messages that it should be behind a cut.....

i do not want to seem insensitive to anyone, but for modding purposes this rule has been exactly what the people who were against it said it was---a slippery slope and a nightmare....we have never had a plethora of racist ads posted at once and when they are posted, everyone is appalled at how such ads were once considered acceptable....

i can totally empathize that people would not want to come home and see a racist ad on their friend's list.....i totally understand that....but what about the rest of the internets, the tv, the world at large? unfortunately racism is still an issue in this country (i live in akron ohio and i'm really shocked at the level of racism here).....and whereas i want everyone to feel welcome here, we never had that rule in the years before....

personally, i would like the rule removed due to the modding nightmare it is, the slippery slope, how some people basically want every ad with the racism tag behind a cut---and that is a disservice, that's like hiding photos of the holocaust (perhaps a bad analogy, i'm stressed, sick, etc)...it's something that happened and it shouldn't be hidden....we should see it, learn from our mistakes in the past, take it as an opportunity to see how far we've come in some ways, how far we need to come in many other ways, etc....

i WAS going to post a poll, but gee, LJ won't LET ME POST A POLL!!! thanks LJ! (said with sarcasm).....

please post comments/feedback/if you'd like the rule to stay, etc.....if you don't feel comfortable posting publicly, please don't message me via LJ as i can view the message via email notification but can't reply (thanks LJ!!!)...please email me: misstiaemail@yahoo.com and put v. ads in the subject....you may also message me on dreamwidth---their messages work!!! i am misstia on DW.....

obviously what i think doesn't really count because i want the community to decide....i've weighed in my viewpoint.....i'd like to see it removed only because of the difficulties it causes and as people said, it's a very slippery slope and i have been sliding down it.....

ETA: I've been replying really quick to everyone's comments, but my kitty has taken a very bad turn for the worst and I have to go put him to sleep so he's not in pain, as he is right now. I might/might not get back on here tonight. Please excuse me and forgive me for not replying for the rest of the evening or until later at least. Sorry. :(
hall & oates
  • misstia

CONTEST STARTS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Cold & Flu ads contest starts TOMORROW!!!!

Rules!!

1. You MUST put at least 'contest' in the subject line. If you do not, I won't count the votes.

2. All regular vintage ads rules apply---but please only one ad per contest entry post!!! and we are accepting print and video ads!

3. VOTING----you must vote via a YES in the comments!!!! no 'i like this' 'i want this to win', it has to be a YES! you may say the other things too, but you MUST PUT A YES!!!!

4. Regular ads, as always, are accepted during the contest!

5. Ads accepted through february 7th and i'll post the finalists on the 8th!

6. HAVE FUN!!!

Other upcoming:

february 14th---candy, valentine day ads & a hall & oates day!!!

march's contest is JELLO ADS!!!

march 15th---IDES OF MARCH! et tu LJ? yes, a day of ads subversively dealing with LJ's betrayal that many of us feel!