Fully 10% of this user’s posts have been moderated or deleted, almost all of which were short “whataboutism” quips that served to add little to the conversation but draw derailing comments and flags.
This tactic has been surprisingly effective over the years, and some of our longest-running “ejectees” used this tactic for years (and through multiple eras of moderation).
The US election season has done a great job of showing precisely why this sort of “bothsiderism” is a net-negative to discourse as a whole, and I’m not particularly inclined to tolerate this specific form of it.
If you disagree with a take on a subject, then by all means, do so. But if your style is instead to toss one-line “whataboutisms” repeatedly, with no intention of following up with conversation repeatedly, then you are not adding anything to the conversation; you are instead wasting everyone’s time.
User tekk has been given a brief timeout for suggesting Boing Boing should only post stories that fit a specific narrative rather than the mostly wonderful things our various Authors find of interest.
Anyone who’s read BB for any length of time is likely aware that Authors post what interests them, sometimes even resulting in opposing takes on the same subjects! It’s this very diversity that creates such a wonderful place, and the suggestion that we’re instead going to become a propaganda house by forcing a common narrative on everyone is not grounded at all in reality.
Be cool. Don’t post or encourage insulting, bullying, victim-blaming, racist, sexist, violent, homophobic or transphobic remarks.
In a thread a user asked another user to refrain from making a violent sexual remark about the misogynistic subject of a BB article. Several other users disagreed with this. Their argument seems to be that this is concern-trolling or tone policing. While I agree that we shouldn’t have such tone policing, the actual forum rules state that violent remarks are against the rules. So where does the forum actually stand on this? Should violent remarks intended as protest be flagged or not?