Nice one, Koffewitch.
Being a newbie I had no idea we had access to starting a poll, so I was just gonna chant "I want a poll" every day till ModSquad buckled.
I couldn't agree more that Callie's explanation of the suspensions made the whole thing glow with ridiculousness.
As someone who has repeatedly called GT my hero, I was wincing when she was tossing the fuck-yous and horse excrement. Like, yo, not representing me right now, GT, kind of wince. But one of the good reasons I am on this forum is that I don't have to type the monkey letters between F and K to bring a point home
. So, as not my thing as it was, I am ready to fight for her right to it.
Now I said somewhere I understand the human urge to ban her, it's a kneejerk "oh my god that hurts, stop it now".
And that is precisely the issue with moderators we have to be careful about - they are human, with nerve endings spreading to their trigger finger. They have that urge. On a forum like this, it must be tough having that power. Whoever I own Busty mod will be, she better be a saint;) And yes, I am sure it's possible.
But when Callie started acting like that was NOT an impulsive decision and defending it by bringing poor rationale out in leaking buckets, THAT made me furious.
Now I am a hothead and beyond in my private reactions, but when faced with a political goal, I am of the firm but polite, in some cases artistic school of protest (Serbian students did a lot of that under their last dictator. It worked and was so beautiful to watch
); protest that gets attention with its elegance and wit. Not saying I was doing that here, but it is always a temptation. I got my first subversive skills under actual communism, which many of you here think was a completely authoritarian system. It wasn't. There was A LOT that could be achieved my making your protest contagious (esthetically and emotionally) and getting enough people to chant/ sign/talk about what you disagree with. Granted, you couldn't turn the whole Party ship off course with a song, but things like getting a hotheaded comrade out of trouble, reinstating a suspended classmate, getting that class excursion that got canceled for bad discipline back on the calendar? Finger snap. (Sorry, I was 14 when the Wall came down, hence my school life examples).
(ETA: Or maybe they just wanted kids that age to believe that people had the power, so they let it work for us. But I'd like to think it was all over.)
So props, dear Koffee, for finding the poll button to start this. This is the kind of action I place my trust in.
The difference between this and going to the advertisers - and why I wasn't going to pursue that route?
It's the direction of the pressure to change one's behavior. I believe in human dignity, in evolution towards a state where humans do what is right because they cannot overlook the voice of consciousness inside. (Yup, that is a true commi.)
So Callie doing what we want because the advertisers made her is not the same as Callie doing what we want because she sees that is truly what the people want and have spoken for. I will not feel as good about posting here under advertiser pressure as I would because enough of us Busties carried out a protesting action long and well enough and convinced TPTB that they made a mistake, and they felt
we are right. Call me naive, that's how I like my world to turn.
And that said, I am so honored to be one of you ladies, on a board that is making enough of an issue to vote on this and restore/confirm my faith in human dignity.
Hasta la victoria, Siempre!