So, RWA’s forums have this ‘self moderation’ thing, where if a member feels a post violates rules, they can tag it, it gets hidden until a moderator can review it.
Lately, a lot of my posts have been being flagged. EDITED TO ADD… TODAY, I HAD TWO POSTS REMOVED… Somebody really doesn’t like me.
Now there is a particular troll on the forums I pissed off, a racist twit I pissed off, and any number of NWLs (Nice White Ladies) who probably not very happy with me. Any number of them could be flagging my posts out of sheer pettiness.
And…okay! That’s fine. I’ll just repost them on the forum. And on my blog. Because the posts they keep getting flagged are the ones where I’m calling out bias, and yeah… I’m not going to be silenced on that. Since I made it clear that deleting my posts will just result in having them posted publicly…well, we can’t say they weren’t warned, can we?
So, my latest post, which was in response to a member deciding that after she started a shitstorm, she’d just bow out.
@Forum Admin, please be advised that either *somebody* is moderating my posts without cause, because they are NOT violating any rules–cussing isn’t against the rules, even if some people don’t like it, nor is blunt speech, or I’m just being moderated for no reason.
Regardless, I’ve already made it clear, if my posts don’t get seen here… they get seen on my blog. Facebook. Twitter. With screenshots and the exact same text, because I’m done with this bullshit.
Also, something the trolls (and i suspect I know who) doing the flagging don’t get… people still get the message. Flagging it only removes it from the board. You can’t unsend it from somebody’s inbox once it’s there. If I’m right about that troll, BTW, you’re really going to make some people happy if you keep this up. Instead of staying on a closed loop, it goes out into the wide world.
My original post & the screenshot.
First line unclear-menu bar in the way!
Speaking of which… @Allyson Charles… it’s cheap of you to start shit and dodge out. Next time don’t start it if you can’t handle the clapback.
“The discussion, sadly, isn’t going anywhere positive that I can see.”
That’s because you’re wearing blinders. People who aren’t as comfortable speaking up publicly have learned things. Marginalized people have seen your posts and know that plenty of us aren’t going to sit by and let ‘calls for civility’ drown out the demand for respect more and more of US insist our marginalized members are entitled to.
Every time somebody like you, Allyson, speaks up and says shit like you and it gets countered by allies, countered by marginalized people and the allies side with marginalized people over your “CIVILITY TRIUMPS ALL” bullshit, that’s positive.
And it’s been pointed out elsewhere, but you probably missed it.
How civil would you feel if you lived your entire life having to demand respect, if your entire existence was too often judged by the color of your skin or dismissed because you couldn’t see, or ignored because people were uncomfortable with your sexuality? If people felt they had the right to touch your hair because those crazy curls are so different than theirs, or if they cut you off in line at the store because you couldn’t move as fast in your wheelchair, if they laughed or stared at your when you and your SO were walking down the street OR if you were denied the chance to marry your SO, if you could be fired from your job for marrying somebody of the same sex? How civil would you feel if every time you walked into a store, the clerks eyed you sideways because they were certain you were going to steal? If people talked three times louder to you or like you were a toddler because they see you’re disabled and they assume that means you’re stupid? If you were denied a place to live because you and your same sex partner didn’t fit into the landlord’s religious ideals?
If you live a life constantly on the defensive, you’re not going to be very civil, and I can tell you that for a fact, because you respond badly here when you feel on the defensive and you’re the one who started this shitstorm.
I write stuff
Keep digging that hole…the dirt looks good on you.
EDIT/UPDATE… apparently, somebody really doesn’t like it when I post on the forums, because I had another post deleted/moderated/hidden. So… an update!
Second deleted post is below.
Well, @Forum Admin, somebody deleted or flagged my post again, which is particularly shitty since it was calling out some hurtful commentary that Diane Farr made. What’s even shittier is the fact that it appears Alexis Daria’s response to my post? THAT LOOKS TO BE DELETED.
I’ve already made it clear in several places that if my posts get deleted/flagged/hidden, especially those where I’m speaking out to support marginalized members, I will post my responses and screenshots to my blog, where they get cross-posted to twitter and FB. So…whoever flagged/deleted this one, you should reach out to @Diane Farr. I’m sure she appreciates it.
Original post below the screenshot (screenshot’s text is merely the text you’ll find below)
Oh. Oh. Oh, Diane.
You and me are probably not going to be friends. Understand now, this isn’t personal or an attack on you, although it might feel that way. But, honey… you are short-sighted, misguided and all sorts of wrong.
“It is my sincere hope that once this sturm und drang subsides, he will be able to lead once again.”
The problem is that HE NEVER LED IN THE FIRST PLACE. LEADERSHIP IS DOING WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THE GROUP YOU ARE LEADING, NOT DIGGING YOUR HEELS IN OUT OF STUBBORNNESS.
Also…let’s not forget…
- he lied about his qualifications (THAT LIKELY COUNTS AS FRAUD. WE ARE A LEGAL ENTITY)
- he lied to & about board members, some of those lies leading to one board member deciding not to run**
- he has lied about people he knows which has led to no small amount of embarassment for the organization
- he played fast and loose with the P&P, along with Carol Ritter, to establish this secret ethics committee that led to the censure of Courtney Milan that led to the fucking MESS we are in
- he manipulated the outcome of the report from said unlawfully formed ethics committee, providing information to the then board that wasn’t entirely on the up and up–nobody has said it outright, but the bottom line is, a board as diverse as we had would not have acted to censure a woman of color for speaking out against RACISM. So Damon and Carol damn well manipulated shit to get the outcome they wanted. And if I’m wrong, they are welcome to try and sue me for libel, but everybody knows they won’t do shit, because that is what happened.
- when confronated about his lack of qualifications for president, he attempted to offer a book that cannot be found. The title STUD PLANET isn’t on goodreads, you can’t find Amazon reviews, there are no cached images on the internet archive. It DOESN’T EXIST. So not only did he lie about his qualifications to start, he attempted to LIE AGAIN
So. All of that said… you want a man who commited fraud, who lied, who manipulated events to force a woman of color out of our organization to lead? Am I understanding you correctly?
It may be time to retire the RITAs. They have become increasingly weird and twisted, trying to conform to the wishes of our diverse membership and ending up pleasing no one.
Oh. My. Goodness. CONFORM TO THE WISHES OF OUR DIVERSE MEMBERSHIP. ARE YOU SHITTING ME?
ALL OUR MARGINALIZED MEMBERS WANT IS THE CHANCE TO BE JUDGED FAIRLY ON THEIR OWN FUCKING MERITS, DIANE! What’s weird and twisted about wanting your book to judged fairly, based solely on the book?
Have you even talked to readers lately? READERS JUST WANT GOOD BOOKS! Hell, NORA ROBERTS COMMENTED ON HOW PEOPLE CAN ACCEPT A VAMPIRE AND A HUMAN GETTING IT ON BUT NOT A SAME SEX COUPLE!!!!
Are you more inclined to accept a fricking werewolf and an ingenue than a black woman and a white man?
HOW IS THIS CONFORMING?
And I have to stop now before my blood pressure goes through the roof and I end up having a stroke and have to be put in the bed next to my grandmother.
I write stuff
Keep digging that hole…the dirt looks good on you.