Almost a month ago I left Newsvine. I wanted to do so quietly, but because of winsomecowboy's public declaration of support and Scott Butki's interview, that wasn't possible, so I instead used the opportunity to make a statement, and issue a challenge.
When Scott asked me if there was a last statement I wanted to make, this was my response:
People, Newsvine had something special. Great people, talented writers... you really could 'Get Smarter Here."
So take it back.
Go into the threads about Israel/Palestine. Go into the threads about Muslims. I don't care if you're an expert on the topic or never heard of the Middle East. Read. Learn. Get Smarter.
When you see CoH violations, report them as inflammatory. When you see off-topic comments, report them as no value. Pay attention. Notice who causes the problems, and don't let them get away with it. Defriend them. Let them know that trolls will not be tolerated. When necessary write to Emily. Write to Calvin. Do whatever it takes, within the CoH, to take back Newsvine.
And thanks for a great couple of years.
Dave McGirr responded to that challenge by forming the CoH Militia. Ian Walter took a stand at Fort Defiance. The effort was made... but to no avail.
Why? Because the staff did nothing.
On Djehuty's RAV-worthy 'Open Letter to Newsvine,' many of us spelled it out clearly for Calvin, who was participating in that thread. We pointed out the problems; we offered solutions.
And on Newsvine the bigotry continues. The trolling continues. Sure, Bartleby/Bandit/BillieJo/LeanderWapshot/ScipioAfricanus was banned again (came back as l'enfant terrible, but Tom was ready for him...heh) but that's a no brainer. The other five names I gave to Calvin and Emily? Still here. Still trolling. Still spewing hatred...and with shiny new JDL friends to help them! Remember the JDL? Rob (from oakland) Schrachta? He's still at it, though no one seems to be noticing, and with support from newsviner (and JDL member) ArtieA!
So nothing has changed. And nothing is going to change.
And because of that, I hereby return my RAV. It's empty and meaningless and has become a symbol of Newsvine's hypocrisy.
Give it to Noah.
Thank you, and goodbye.