(Readers note: I waffle on a bit before getting to my main point right of the bold sentence, below.)
Loving deviantART a little more, today.
I care about #devart
and deviantART in general. So when people come along and start fucking with it, I'm going to get vocally angry about it.
An informal announcement was made regarding the application of policy within #devart.
A view was to be given towards some of the more explicitly sexual discussion in #devart. Okay, fine enough, I thought. That would be no different to how it was and it has gotten away from that a bit.
#devart had been noticed as not being the most friendly place to newcommers. I don't think anyone would disagree with that. I'm all for encouraging a more tollerant and welcoming culture. (Mind you, some newcommers make that particularly difficult for themselves. Don't expect much anyone in #devart to be welcoming towards someone whose idea of a greeting is POOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNYYYYYYYSSSSS!!!!)
That the use of racial slurs, regardless of context and intent
, was now, as ever, explicitly disallowed. This
got me particularly annoyed.
It got me annoyed not because I could no longer aim such slurs at people with the intent of attacking them (which I don't do and have no problem having a stop put to), but because it precluded conversation even about
such words while using them, which is censorship
. Censorship of the bad kind, though mild, admittedly, compared to other sorts.
If I haven't explained myself clearly enough, imagine banning wikipedia because of its discussion of racial slurs...for using racial slurs. That's the sort of thing I believed was going on.I'll bold this bit in case of tldr;, because what's next is important
. What I was explicitly told, that context and intent are irrelevant with regards to the use of racial slurs, I have now been informed is incorrect
Thus, I am satisfied.
As it stands, I'm (generally and in principle) supportive of the current policy as I understand it to be. I hope this initiative succeeds. I don't, however, feel that it's the (whole, if any) solution and nor do I think it will succeed in its own implimentation.
Before they...went...you once had a whole bunch of people who were good at what they did and they were around quite often. (With due respect to the people who do approach it with the right mindset.) What you've suggested is a reasonable step forward, but if you want to improve things, taking at least a look
at the past doesn't have to be a step backward.
My apologies to those that deserve them.