Not a Brahmin
- Jan 22, 2012
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This is the root of the discontent that I don't think is ever going to be addressed. The desire for a communitarian governance is admirable and something I agree with. But that ship sailed when Briv abandoned the forum and made a snap decision to sell the site to a business owner. aB is going to go in whatever direction ownership wants. Edward's management style seems relatively hands-off, both in this public forum and in Modmin conversations, so it seems like he's going to let the community exist as it wants as a more backseat owner and admin, although with his prerogative and interests being a backseat driver. If making a community-driven, user-owned platform to discuss Boston, architecture, and urbanism is the most important thing to some, then making a new platform is probably your best option. I say that with no attitude or malice, it just is what it is. That said, I think that we'd all be better off remaining in a community together, and since this one exists and is established, I personally value keeping what we have intact more than I value the creation of something new under user control. And just to be candid, I believed that long before I became a moderator.For me, modern legal thought walks back in a relatively straight line to Greco-Roman philosophy and ethics. (If this overly Eurocentric worldview makes anyone uncomfortable, I apologize.) All I've ever been looking for in this matter is a just and fair outcome for everyone who shares their thoughts, ideas, and work here. It's always been my hope that we could collaboratively develop a TOU (and system of site governance) that would be unquestionably inviting and nonrestrictive to the current community of posters and to new voices -- writers, academics, public officials, photographers, filmmakers.
I think all of us can agree that the established aB community mirrors broader, real-world society. So much of contemporary life makes us suspicious, mistrustful, cautious, and change-adverse. And in many cases, there are rewards to feeling and behaving this way. Technology and the market-forces it influences are chipping away at our privacy, and our ability to control what's "ours." This wasn't an issue on aB until it became an issue here...
Again, I interpret "permanent, irrevocable, unlimited" as applying to the license to display, quote, and reorganize posts. Given that Xenforo does not provide an easy way for (user or modmin) to delete a user's archive of posts, even if the account itself is deleted, that language makes sense.So let's fix it. Language like permanent, irrevocable, unlimited, and changed at any time without notice aren't your friends, even if you're not involved in any sort of creative endevor.
I'll repeat that I agree that the "can be changed at any time without notice" is the problem.