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peacefinder's Journal: A nice thing about Slashdot 10

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One nice thing about Slashdot is that - so far as I know - user accounts are not subject to being administratively banned. I had taken that liberty for granted.

Recently, I am sad to say, I have come to appreciate* that as a truly excellent feature of this site. I hope I will not take it for granted again.

[*: No, I'm not going to elaborate; it's not my story to tell. Besides, there's a long and distinguished tradition of /. journal entries that only make sense to people who already know WTF happened. It seems to be my turn to uphold it.]

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  • No, I'm not going to elaborate; it's not my story to tell. Besides, there's a long and distinguished tradition of /. journal entries that only make sense to people who already know WTF happened. It seems to be my turn to uphold it
    Classic observation...

    But c'mon - give us a clue... Maybe a Cookie - or even a crumb?

    Cheers,

    Ant
    • there are multiple opinions on what happened.
      • there are multiple opinions on what happened.

        *snort*

        But, yeah. I can kind of see banning complete spam accounts, but that leaves open the possibility for abuse by people who TPTB to solve their community issues for them. I think most things can really be solved within the community. If the person is really all that bad, well, that's why shunning was invented. No need to involve the Ban Hammer.
    • It didn't happen on slashdot, but it involved several folks who also have accounts here.

      Like I said, though, it's really not my story to tell.
  • When people started talking about going back here, I added my "Friends Journals" to my RSS feed reader, so I could track what happens here, at least within my immediate circle. (Which, as far as active journal writers, is much, much smaller than my account over there.)

    Slashdot's journal RSS feed sucks, though; Plaintext journals are dumped straight to RSS, and Google Reader thinks it's HTML. So, with each journal entry, I get thirty or forty sentences without paragraph breaks. Ick.
  • It's always been one of the things I value about this place - there is far more liberty here than any other major public internet forum, which makes slashdot fairly unique, IMO. The only others that come close in size and freedom are Digg and Something Awful, and neither of those have the quality that slashdot does.
  • it's part of a bigger, odder crackdown.

    It is the death of the pseudonym. We're all supposed to 'really be us' and therefore we will take all of this much more seriously, and we will be subject to much more peer pressure to behave and be good little automatons.

    And of course, the automatons can't police themselves. Instead, the facebooks and the flickrs of the world have to play judge and jury.

    What I like about the 'dot, is that nobody comes into this place with an expectation of being taken seriously - and
    • "It is the death of the pseudonym. We're all supposed to 'really be us' and therefore we will take all of this much more seriously..."

      +237 Insightful.
    • What I like about the 'dot, is that nobody comes into this place with an expectation of being taken seriously

      What? So people thought I was being sarcastic? Dagnabbit!

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