Monday, September 17, 2012
I claimed to be Tommy's other account
Well that wasn't very hard to get Shivers to throw the concept of free speech out the window now was it? Watching a forum admin reach for the ban hammer in a fit of impotent rage because he is unable to live up to his own standards of free speech is one of the great joys of being a troll.
That image of the two dead African children hanging from the ceiling with their genitals blurred out that I linked from Brawl Hall was absolutely disgusting. I don't think I would be amiss to go as far as to say it was evil. But child porn? Not by a long shot.
The real reason Shivers banned me was because I joined in the chours of former members accusing him of reading PM's, panel abuse and stifling free speech. Looks like I hit the nail right on the head with that one, didn't I?
Now you pay the bills around here and I'm not going to sit here and lecture you on what you can and can't do with your private property. I certainly don't blame you for wanting to remove such an image. But my question to you is why is it that you feel the need to justify your actions with blatant lies? Considering you're devoting quiet a bit of time to attempting to convince the folks at home this place is a haven of free speech it seems counter productive to prove your detractors 100% correct with your actions now doesn't it. Not only do you make outlandish claims about the legality of the image, you then go ahead and publicly post my e-mail and IP address. I can only imagine the more level headed members of your community must be asking themselves if you are willing to slander a member and post what personal infomation you have of theirs over a disagreement over your choices as an admin on the internet, what might you do to them if they should find cause to disagree with you in the future?
Censorship is a slippery slope. That image pushed the limits of what would be legally considered free speech and thats why I chose to use it. Nobody, myself included, would fault you for removing such a borderline image just to be on the safe side. Even the ban was perfectly reasonable considering how depraved the image was. But to accuse someone of posting child pornography because they disagreed with you on a website proporting to be a haven of free speech? It is a gross over reaction at best and a rather damning account of how you actually feel about free speech at worst.
Now lets look at Shivers's actions. Firstly his alleged reporting of the image. That website you claim to have made a complaint to requires you to reside in Australia. Obviously you could have just clicked yes to that but the fact you are posting from outside the country will become evident when they look at the IP the complaint was made from. If he did indeed report the post as he claims he would be aware of this himself. So he is either lying or just making frivilous complaints because I have upset him.
Secondly his second post in the locked thread. Conveniently made as I was about to push his thread containing his totally baseless claims of child pornography off the front page of the forum with my posts from this account.
Thirdly the ban itself. When it was initially set, it was set for seven days, as displayed by the forum software. Now does this sound like the actions of a sound admin removing a member dissiminating child pornography or the actions of someone trying to imtimidate a member he wants to get rid of? After two years of operating this forum you cannot tell me that you know so little of the forum software that you can't set a ban to never be lifted.
Goodi and I had an exchange in this thread earlier where I claimed to be Tommy's other account and that he was in my original account posting and it was only a matter of time before he hijacked my Alan James account as well. Obviously I have no other accounts here, as Goodi correctly stated, I was merely giving him shit for the sake of it. Now obviously he has gone down a different route with these wild, totally baseless allegations but it does appear that he really will use his admin panel to get rid of members he personally doesn't like.
I understand the ban and I understand your disgust at such an abhorent image, really I do. But lets call a spade a spade and simply accept the fact that you banned a member you didn't like for posting heinous, but completely legal shock images. If you have even the slightest regard for the concept you free speech you claim to have, you will leave this thread here for the members to discuss or ignore as they please. I am more than happy to supply the link to the forum thread the image is from via PM if anyone wishes to see if I am being truthful about the gentials of the dead children in question being blanked out. I like to think the best of people and I'm sure it was nothing more than a simple over reaction that anyone could have made when confronted with such a monsterous image. Be the bigger man and prove me right.
Bear in mind I'll save this post just in case, there is absoluetly no way you can keep me out of SU short of permanently barring new members and I have nothing to fear from evading your bans and signing up again as the image is vile but completely legal.
Troll harder and have a lovely weekend.
Alan James "Big Al Gbenga Jones" Watson