by Gary Farber
Longtime and valued commenter Uncle Kvetch asked an extremely important question here.
[...] While it was nice seeing a united front of commenters taking on avedis' all-too-familiar mix of dick-waving bravado and abject sexual terror, I do find myself wondering just what constitutes "beyond the pale" when it comes to homophobic remarks around here. I'm not referring to ban-worthy offenses, as the posting rules are clear enough. But I have to say that when the inevitable necrophilia/bestiality comparisons were dragged out and numerous commenters just kept on presuming good faith on avedis' part...well, it makes me wonder.
The answer is that the "New Banning Rules" were last updated, as you can see, by longtime front-pager Edward at 10:25 AM on January 26, 2005.
They include this:
One writer (but only one) from the other side of the fence must agree to the ban for it to move forward (Von can vote as either side of the fence as he wishes). For the record, currently Charles Bird, Andrew, and Sebastian Holsclaw are on the right; Von is in the center; and Hilzoy is on the left.;-) Yes, that's unbalanced...we're working on it.*
This has been discussed many many many times in comments since 2005, by various people. Many emails to the kitty address have been sent since 2005.
The "New Banning Rules" remain as posted until someone with the ability and authority to post new rules does so. Wording has been suggested.
The Posting Rules were last updated 1/19/2007, with a further undated update by an unknown to me user of "SuperUser." I can guess, but so can you.
Again, much email has been sent to the kitty address since then, and there have been various discussions in comments about this since that time.
The Posting Rules remain as posted until someone with the ability and authority to post new rules does so.
None of this will change until the co-bloggers communicate with each other about it, and appropriate action taken by the appropriate parties with the ability to do so. As has always been the case.
As of Wednesday, December 29th, the address to email the kitty has been: ObWings At gmail Dot com
Send Obsidian Wings related email there.