In Fairness to The Atheism Plus Forum
October 10, 2012 1 Comment
This reporter would like to correct a potential bias in reporting on Atheism+ forum topics. It is easy to data-mine the most egregiously toxic and petulant threads there and make the whole forum look dysfunctional. In the interest of fairness and balance, SkepDirt would like to show what a typical innocuous thread there looks like.
Here’s a good one, started by moderator Flewellyn: A vitally important question for our members.
SO…ninjas, or pirates?
Typical early replies:
But then the pictures start:
After which user Mad Dilla Huntter posts a picture of a clown, which prompts an unspecified mod to hide the image because of “CLOWNS AUGH“.
A few posts later, Mad Dilla Huntter, who certainly did not appreciate a moderator’s irrational editing of his clown picture, posts a link to a very satirical, politically incorrect, and in this reporter’s opinion not all that funny, video called G*yn*gg*rs from Outer Space. This prompted Flewellyn to post the incredibly level-headed response:
MOD NOTE: WHAT. THE. FUCK.
Seriously, dude, why would you POST that?
In response, Mad Dilla Huntter writes:
Its not that offensive, it makes fun of stuff that is offensive, but it don’t promote any behavior. Don’t get your panties in a bunch over comedy art.
And He Said The Word.
Like candiru to skinny-dippers, the acolytes at the Atheism+ Forums swarmed for a phallic privilege penetration party around the word “panties”:
By the way, “panties in a bunch”. Talk about being dismissive and comparing someone pointing out that they don’t find something appropriate as “womanly”.
That’s a phrase I could live without hearing forever again.
also third/fourthing the “NO” on “panties in a bunch,” both for sexism and “fucking hypersensitive minorities!”
And then Flewellyn calls a stop to it:
Alright, I think that’s enough.
Mad Dilla Hunter, I already warned you about this. Have a day off to think about whether trolling is a good use of your time.
Conclusion: Even the most innocuous threads on the Atheism+ forum ends in tears, triggers, and suspensions. The whole forum is, in demonstrated fact, dysfunctional.