Oz wrote:I am not surprised to see that this place has continued its way down the downward spiral of oppressive moderation and political witch hunts since I left over 5 years ago.
Absolutely spontaneously and secretly banning Xard and several members just because they were considered to be his friends convinces me that leaving this place was the right thing to do.
So yeah, long time no see and you won't hear from me again: the ban hammer will swing again just because I'm stepping on a nerve by defending Xard.
Just for clarification to other users, as Oz said, he'll be gone for good (there is a dedicated Departure thread for goodbyes, but who cares at this point // also why does he care about getting banned when he has no interest of posting? Schizo, much?)
I didn't even know about this massive wave of banning, all I know is that Reichu was apparently getting increasingly paranoid that "something bad might happen", which, considering what a bunch of crying man children the Xard support group is composed of, might not have been without reason (imagine being so butthurt for being told that it's against the rules to post a homophobe diatribe and refuse to actually engage with people who try to talk it out and instead send a cavalcade of what I imagine must be deranged incels to cry about it. Like, sheesh go outside or something. srsly, big yikes.) However, Reichu severely overreacted due to what I assume must have been the accumulation of years and years of (perceived?) bullying. She snapped against me in a passive aggressive manner as well, after daring to say something that wasn't of her opinion.
tl,dr. both sides seem to dole out severe mental issues and this forum apparently is the perfect battle ground for it. I for one have no patience for such childish behavior on a forum about a Japanese cartoon from the 90s.
I always tried to engage in the mantra of "don't be an asshole" But when one side starts spouting far-right dehumanizing talking points and cries when they get deplatformed for it, while the other side thinks it can solve the problem by banning away everything they perceive as "evil", I really struggle to find empathy for either side. This is like a microcosmic version of the massive retardation that is contemporary American Politics.