August 23rd, 2012

I’ve gotten the ban-hammer at BoingBoing.

ban hammer

Blocked from posting comments

Why? No idea!

I did have comments disappear in a post on the Pussy Riot Solidarity Protests where I asked how [Femen activist cutting down a memorial cross] was different from the Taliban destroying the Bamiyan Buddhas. (another comment I posted still exists). I posted it twice, because the original comment disappeared. At the time, I thought it was a glitch, so re-posted. The second time, I saw for sure that it appeared. So the next day, when it was gone, I knew it had been removed. I thought about asking why, but decided to let sleeping dogs lie. [I’ve since noticed other comments have been removed; if I remember correctly, I thought they were pretty innocuous, if focused on using the word “boobs”. Which is understandable given the nature of Femen protests.]

It’s a bit of an extreme comparison, but debatable, and I was hoping for some debate.

On one level, the actions are the same — the destruction of icons one does not care about in order to draw attention.

The primary difference is the historicity of the Buddhas, and the notoriety and incompetence of the Taliban who took a month to destroy them.

[For some personal context, I align with the Western majority who think that the original Pussy Riot protest/performance was not worthy of the jail sentences they received. I’m Catholic — Roman, not Eastern Orthodox — and was not horrified by what they did. It was a stunt, but not a destructive act.]

And then in the post on the Spanish fresco “restoration” disaster, I simply posted FREE PUSSY RIOT! — it got 15 likes, a reply, and has since been removed. WTF?!?!?

I still think it was marginally witty. The amateur “restoration” was a disaster, and I am implicitly comparing it to the destruction of a religious icon (as an act of agit-prop), and also implicitly suggesting that the bad-restoration was a conscious act of destruction out of solidarity with Pussy Riot.

Not brilliant, perhaps not even witty, but worthy of the ban-hammer?

Unless Godwin’s law has been drastically expanded, I didn’t even run afoul of that.

As my friend Mike points out, managing an online community is taxing:

From my own work as a moderator, I have to confess that there are days when you have to deal with like 10 idiots in a row, and then you get into a mood where you deal with the next 50 issues by shooting first, asking questions later.

See Also: Comments in my facebook post that points here.

See Also: An interesting counter-point on Pussy Riot solidarity and Wikipedia on Voina

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