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Jesus H. Christ, Here We Go... 
29th-Nov-2007 08:04 pm
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LJ has added a new tool that allows users to flag inappropriate or offensive content. Trolls everywhere just got wood. This is going to be exploited by all the wrong people and used as a means of revenge on those that don't deserve the shitstorm they're about to see.

I see this as possibly being a good thing used in a bad, bad, baaaad way. I'm not even going into the censorship angle. Oh, my poor lj_abuse team friends...
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30th-Nov-2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Not that, the flagging system is what I am talking about - for the people who have to work Abuse, it'll be plenty problematic.
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30th-Nov-2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Censorship, for starters. Besides, you and I both know LJ asshats that will flag others simply to be asshats - which will be a big clusterfuck for Abuse.
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30th-Nov-2007 01:44 am (UTC)
No, but can you really blame them for it? It IS Muskrat Love for fuck's sake.

Shame I'm not an asshat - I'd so flag the shit out of the religious communities.
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30th-Nov-2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Hell, people are already starting to flag really ridiculous things specifically to cause problems for Abuse, because obviously going after the customer service buttmonkey is the way to get a business to do what you want ...
30th-Nov-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Have you heard the old adage about "giving a camel an inch and he'll take a mile?" This is how it starts. The first step toward full-bore censorship.

I for one, am offended by religious content; would that be something I should flag as "inappropriate?" Under the terms, I could. Just as under the terms, someone could flag my posts when I talk about my non-belief in deity.

Again, who decides, ultimately, what is and is not "inapprpriate?" If the Supreme Court, in their landmark decision, cannot even decide what "pornography" is, then dear gods, who on the 'net of all places is going to be able to define "inappropriate?"

No; this is a bad idea. If some members of the LJ community are afraid of their underage children seeing "inappropriate" content, then they need to be teaching their children not to look at things they deem so instead of expecting the rest of the world to police to their sensitivities.
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