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24.02.2012 08:27 am (UTC)

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Posted by [staff profile] mark
It's subjective, that's the problem. It will eventually break down. No matter how good our intentions, how much we want to make things better, it will fail somehow in the end because it depends on humans to make judgments.

And if not, someone will exploit it. People who like to push boundaries and discover where the edges are, and then who like to push them. Those people will take any subjective rule and cause havoc. Think about what happened with Strikethrough on LJ in 2007. Good intentions -- then failure -- and lots of problems.

Instead of going down that path, instead of playing arbiter, we choose not to. Yeah, it means there will be some crappy stuff on the site. Some really mean, nasty, terrible stuff. So be it; it's still better than the alternative universe wherein we allow certain people to be arbiters of what is Right and Proper.

And in the end, of course, we might just disagree. That's OK. For better or worse, the bigger we get the more that's going to happen. Even so, I can promise that we will run the site in a transparent way and will work hard to engage in these discussions with people so that our reasons are publicly available, whether or not you agree with them.
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