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16 April 2011 @ 02:36 pm
FA Drama  
I hereby release this journal entry into the public domain and authorize anyone to repost and republish in any form on any site, not limited to FA and LJ.

This journal will eventually be posted on FA, and we'll see how long it takes for me to get banned again for it.

What follows is a concise history of recent events:

Friday, I wrote a game modification for some friends on FA, and published the source code. Rather than spamming them with a wall of text and whitespace, I compressed the code and appended it to the small-resolution preview image and uploaded it to FA, so that my description with explanation and directions for using the code wouldn't appear below all the code itself, and the whole thing was sized less than 100kb. Creative circumvention of the technical limitations of FA? yes. Against site policy? no.

Someone on IRC took offense to the fact that I was using FA for something other than his fap material, and reported it to the admins, upon which witchiebunny took the ticket and summarily deleted my submission without due course, and sent me a note saying that it was removed for being a screenshot. I corrected her, pointing out that the screenshot was just the preview image, and that preview images ("thumbnails") were exempt from said content restrictions according to the AUP, and that my source code, being text written by myself, was likewise permitted.

Witchiebunny, refusing to acknowledge her mistake, instead constructed a strawman argument to attack in defense of her decision, and turned confirmation bias up to eleven. I responded by pointing out that her self-justification was unprofessional and just skirting the issue, to which she tried changing the rules, saying that even as a thumbnail, screenshots were disallowed (which isn't true according to the AUP). I responded in kind, saying that if this was the case, she should be enforcing this unilaterally, by deleting half of ALL the non-graphical-art submissions on FA, as they all used preview images that relied on the thumbnail exemption from the AUP. Her arguments continued to spiral downhill, until I got her to basically reaffirm my position in the argument in her own words, not realizing it. When I pointed that out, she played the "my word is final" card and the power card ("don't mess with me, I'm an admin, so I can ban you.") and then blocked me from replying to her.

Amidst all of this, I and some others were having a good laugh at her childish behavior, and when I mentioned her name, I was immediately filled in about her reputation as an admin of the TFP steam group, always kicking good players from the opposing team to keep her own team from losing.

So I posted a journal, very briefly mentioning that she had deleted my submission and then blocked me from replying in order to win the argument, and how I thought this sounded right in line with the other things I was hearing about her administrative exploits elsewhere (although I did not name any specifics or more details than that). I got a number of responses to that journal, mostly other people reaffirming our opinions that she was a bad admin, and someone thinking she had been removed as an admin before.

I returned the next morning to find that Summercat had banned me from FA, "for posting a journal (now removed) calling out an admin for justified removal and warning.[sic]"

So apparently, according to Summercat, accurately reporting on administrative behavior on FA is a bannable offense. He also claims that "[the issue was brought up by witchiebunny] to several admins for review, myself included."

Well, since this journal is already in FA bannable territory, let me just go on to name a few more admins who might follow this twisted line of thinking:

ArshesNei: holier-than-thou whiteknight on a high horse with a massive superiority complex, believes in might-is-right and jumps at any opportunity to back her fellow admins.

Dragoneer: Resident donation-monger, useless puppet and supporter of pedophiles and zoophiles everywhere. Covers up for rapists and animal abuses, and tips them off to help them hide from the law. Cares only about his own popularity, and never thinks about the consequences of his actions.

Summercat: Gets a hard-on for exerting his authority for enforcing rules, regardless of their wording or intent, and makes up his own rules to enforce, like a gradeschool kid lording over his first clubhouse.

and of course, Witchiebunny: openly abuses admin powers to selfish ends, can never admit mistakes or wrongdoings, or allow herself to lose on fair terms, even in a videogame.

Lest you think this is all some juvenile rebellion against authority, here is a list of some admins who don't suck, are even-tempered, level-headed and forward-thinking, all qualities this site needs:

Uncia2000
Dave_Hyena
KaputOtter
Blueroo

Unfortunately, all of these admins have resigned at some point in the last 3 years, just another indication of the direction the site is headed. Ultimately, I don't care anymore, because I know turning FA around is a lost cause with an admin team like that, and I have no stake in it. They can ban me for speaking truth, but they can't stop the truth from getting out, and frankly, I don't care if they ban me, because I'm just waiting for a better site to take off, anyway.

Best of luck to Inaki and crew on floof.
 
 
 
Solei: Badasstixen on April 17th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
What do you hope to accomplish in all this?

At the moment, it would appear you have managed to get the majority of the FA admin staff to hate you. You have no right to use the site, it's all privilege. Calling out the admins in a journal on their site not more than a month after it was made very clear they do not tolerate such behavior is like decking a police officer in the face and being surprised when you're arrested for it.

My opinion of FA remains unchanged; it's a terrible site run by idiots and assholes. My opinion of you however may be negatively effected by your decision to continue on like this anyway.
Matt: DeepThoughtwhiteclaw on April 17th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he just wants to vent and be heard?

Not all actions are an attempt to accomplish revolution. It's not like he's writing a manifesto for how we the users should start a rebellion and take down FA. He's venting his frustrations over a situation in which he feels he was unjustly silenced.

Which I might add you seem to be suggesting he remain "silent" which I'm sure isn't helping his feelings of being (for lack of a better term) oppressed.

Also are you criticizing his posting this to FA or posting in general? Because he's quite free to post his thoughts and opinions in his own journal.

Oh and I'm sorry but that was a terrible simile about the police officer business. In America, people are free to criticize their leaders and members of the government through speech or written word. Exceptions are made only in cases where threats of physical violence are made and even then they often have to be very specific.

Calling out the admins is like posting on how he doesn't agree with the policies of the government, which is perfectly acceptable. Whereas punching someone is like...punching someone.

Oh and for the record, I don't know you (so I doubt you know me) but my opinion of you has been negatively affected by your decision to post a comment with such despotic leanings.
Cap'n Earthshine Saicincaptainsaicin on April 17th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Well, the problem with revolution is that it works, but sowing the seeds of discontent will never accomplish it so long as no one is willing to take the step of putting their own account on the line. I doubt this will make any serious waves, but I feel I have the right to express this, and indeed I do, so I will... and they will want to ban me for it, even though it's not against their policy, because they can, so they probably will.

She is saying that I'm asking for it, and will lose the fight... and I am, and I will, because it's their site... but I still stand to question that, if I don't let this affect me, have I really lost?

The real question now that I would like to see answered, is whether they are willing to permaban me for calling them out, knowing full-well that they can't silence me and the word will still get out. Because in the past, they've still had some level-headed staff, and they haven't. If this has changed, and they really don't care enough about anyone's opinions to let that get in their way of banning me because they don't like what I have to say, then I really don't WANT to be a part of that site anymore, anyway.

I called them out before on their "we support freedom of speech" crock-of-shit during the whole cub art debacle, when they claimed that as they reason they were willing to risk being blacklisted as illegal in the EU and risk losing or making criminals of all their European users in favor of allowing cub porn... and I was proven right, when they repealed that decision over losing donation money.

I'm calling them out on it again now, expecting them to prove me right again, by banning me, because I won't stand for that kind of hypocrisy. We live in a day and age where freedom of speech is a much more contested subject, especially with the advent of corporate censorship on the web. It's becoming such a problem that we need to start reexamining state action doctrine--the idea that only the state can violate the first amendment. As we depend more and more heavily on communication in the digital realm, the people who now control what we can and can't say online need to be held to a higher level of accountability for violating our right to free speech. As an advocate of freedom go speech, I will not stand for the attitude of "we support free speech, but, this is OUR internet, and you're just using it, so, we don't see a problem with censoring you, because using OUR internet is a privilege." Even if it's coming from just a low level gatekeeper, like FA. It's one thing for a smaller site to be privately owned, and state that they have the final say on things, but it's another for a site to CLAIM they support free speech, while manipulating it behind the scenes, and it's especially disturbing because that's the direction that free speech as a whole is headed in many countries now, including, even, America. That's why I'm making a stand against FA on this, and God as my witness, if the day comes that freedom of speech is taken away in this country, I'll be one of the ones taking up arms and making a stand here, too, because I will not compromise on it.
Soleitixen on April 18th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I do not suggest he remain silent, I merely point out that it is pointless to get yourself banned by the administration of Fascist Affinity in the attempt to make an already well known problem known.

To do this is to willingly throw away access to a system which in this case is frequently used despite how horrible the administration is, for effectively no benefit. There are many more effective ways to make this problem known and act on it; becoming organized and acting as a group would make a message more clear. This would be akin to throwing one's self off the Golden Gate Bridge to fall to their death as a statement in opposition of war; such an act makes press, but just like the ripples made by one's body after hitting the waters of the San Francisco Bay, it is soon lost in the waves of all things surrounding it, and just as quickly, forgotten.

Am I asking him to remain silent? No. What I'm asking him to do is to use common sense when acting in retaliation to this and especially to not make himself a martyr; there is no faster way to lose the interest and favor of those in support of one's cause than to become a martyr for it.

Oh and for the record, I don't really care what you think of me, so feel free to think as negatively as you like about what I say and think.
Cap'n Earthshine Saicincaptainsaicin on April 17th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Well, slow down here... you talk as if making them hate me is a bad thing. Maybe it is, but maybe my indifference to that means it really just doesn't matter. I don't know anything about any recent 'don't criticize the admins' policy, but in any case, while it is within their right to ban me from the site, doing so for something that is not only not against their policy, but also against the freedom of speech that THEY claim to so vehemently defend is extremely hypocritical. While it's also their right to be hypocrites, it only reaffirms my position on the matter, and if you agree with my position on the matter, I don't really see why you would protest me saying it for other people to hear. If they ban me from a terrible site run by idiots and assholes, so what? If they delete my journals? so what? I have followers that can find me here, and nothing of value is really lost. It's nothing you and I don't know, but helping to disillusion anyone who might still be in the dark about it will only help to ease the transition to a new site when one is available, and that would be a good thing.
Solei: Badasstixen on April 18th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
They have a "do not call out other users" policy, and apparently they consider admins to be users in this case.

Don't throw yourself into a shredder to prove a point. You're smarter than that. Find a more productive way to voice this complaint, and do it where they have no control over what you say.

You've seen it many times already; if you say it where they have control over it, they will just silence you and your efforts will have been for naught. Don't become an FA martyr; that's the fastest way to get people to ignore you completely.
Cap'n Earthshine Saicincaptainsaicin on April 18th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Wow, what bullshit, sounds like them trying to make their sheltering of animal abusers, pedophiles and rapists official policy now so they can get away with it. "We're having a problem with people getting called out for breaking the law, so rather than just having to report them to the police, we'll make it against site policy to let anyone know."

Honey, my point was, if I really don't care enough about staying on FA to let it affect me, then why should I care at all if I'm banned?

Obviously, I'm not going to be posting everything there, but rather places like LJ, Y*, etc. I can always just archive my gallery or move it to another site, and they have no control over my journals other places like here.
Soleitixen on April 18th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
And my point is, the moment you get banned you will be parading that fact around like it's truth from on high that FA admins are terrible, terrible people. That makes you a martyr. You willingly did something you /knew/ would get you banned and then walked around exclaiming how terrible that fact is.

Do you know why so few people on Furnet have high opinions of Anthrochat? Simba, the founder of Anthrochat did exactly that. He joined the furnet channel and trolled the admins until they K-Lined him, then used that to prove how horrid the administration was. Most everyone hates Simba because he effectively provoked the admins for no reason other than an attempt to make them look bad and they reacted in line with the way they've always reacted. IT CHANGED NOTHING.

Don't be stupid.
Cap'n Earthshine Saicincaptainsaicin on April 20th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
That's not true. I'd simply state my criticisms, and if I get banned for it, let the ban speak for itself. I'd just be done with FA. That's not even remotely equivocal to trolling, so you can't compare this to something like that.

I'm ok with just being done with FA. When I left dA years ago over similar admin issues, I didn't look back, I just moved on, and that's what I'd do here.