As of 2012 or so, I’ve put Epiphany 2.0 on a permanent moderation-first policy. First time commenters’ stuff will go into the mod queue; I’ll try to clear it as quickly as possible. Followup commenters who’ve been approved before can comment automatically, tho’. Unfortunately I’ve had a few too many rounds of racist and sexist bullshit bombing my site while I was away from the internet, which is why I had to institute this. Blame the bigots, and sorry for the inconvenience.
Apologies in advance for the profanity. Yes, I can use my big girl words, but sometimes f-bombs are more effective.
Anyway. Never thought I would have to say this, since I thought it would be obvious — but folks? I’m a writer. I’m a black woman. I’m generally-anti-oppressionist and a big believer in the notion that everybody is human and therefore equal. I’m also insanely busy and therefore low on patience. I’m a nice Southern girl, yes, but I only lived in the South for maybe a third of my life. The rest of me has Brooklyn attitude and a Bostonian temper. And even Southern girls usually mean “fuck off and die” when they say things like “bless your heart.”
So, uh, it’s not a good idea to roll up in here and toss off racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise bigoted remarks — not unless you want to be banned. I’m also not a fan of comments intended to derail an otherwise serious conversation; there are other places you can go to put forth your brilliant, never-before-heard theory that bigotry doesn’t exist, fantasy is the province of fools and children, the world is flat, etc. Nor do I have any interest in “fairness” or “free speech”, and yeah, I will sometimes shut down a commenter simply for disagreeing with me. I won’t always give a warning first. I am not fond of trolls, spammers, proselytizers of any persuasion, or plagiarizers, and may very well preemptively ban a few of the more notorious ones in the blogosphere. And yes, this extends to comments on topics no more “serious” than fantasy-novel physics or unicorn sparkle patterns. I just don’t want to hear it.
Obviously I don’t care about profanity, but epithets that include or are synonyms for women’s body parts (or women as a whole) are right out. You will occasionally hear me use a man’s body part as an epithet; I am aware that this is not fair. I do it for the sake of re-balancing the universe, so deal. I am not a man-hater, by the way, despite whatever you might have learned about feminism from Rush Limbaugh. I love men. I hate sexists — of any gender.
Also, I can’t promise a safe space for any definition of safety that you might care to use, but I will try to warn for conversations that might cause people distress, including spoilers. I won’t always know what those conversations will be, and I’m not online all the time; sometimes threads will go south before I can shut them down. But if you see somebody breaking these informal rules, no need to respond to them or even acknowledge their asshattery. I’ll take care of it when I get back.
And for shit’s sake, if you’re going to try and post that crap here anyway, learn to motherfucking spell. Good grammar would be nice, too.
::sigh:: OK. Carry on.