This community was originally started as a source of news and information regarding the first round of Strikethrough; the first cause was to defend our fictional literature and art from unfair reportings by the Warriors for Innocence. Then we realized that WFI wasn't the only thing this was about- they may have been the force behind it, but Livejournal hit the suspend button. We began working on organized protest, and those efforts began to fade as the passion died. They apologized- Everything was fine, right?
Second round, and strike two. The community came back to life, and the protests began again. Unfortunately, this time around, I've been noticing that people aren't focusing on the contradictions of Livejournal/SixApart regarding literary and art censorship; It's leaning toward 'LJ/6A = ultimate evil', and even if they're not our favorite people, and even if you really think that, it's not the point of this community.
We're setting down some rules now, and it's going to be strict from here on out. Think it's hypocritical of a 'free speech' community to have rules? Well, even the US has laws, and they have the first amendment. It's order over anarchy, people.
First, we are a <b>fandom</b> community. If you aren't fandom, but you still support us, fine. Stay on, keep up the good work. If you've only joined this community to laugh at us and call our efforts ridiculous, you should take your asshattery elsewhere, because we don't want it. People who do this will be warned twice and banned on the third offense.
Second: We are all here for the same reason. We are against the censorship of Livejournal. Not each other. If you have a problem with someone, disagree <b>politely</b> and with <b>maturity</b>. If you behave rudely, offensively, or otherwise stupidly, you'll get warned twice, and banned on the third offense.
Third Rule. Trolls are not going to be tolerated. What's a troll, you might ask? Let's look to our friend the Urban Dictionary.
One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers. He will spark of such an argument via the use of ad hominem attacks (i.e. 'you're nothing but a fanboy' is a popular phrase) with no substance or relevence to back them up as well as straw man arguments, which he uses to simply avoid addressing the essence of the issue.
A troll doesn't have to have a new journal, be using a sock puppet, or anything else stereotypical. A troll is a troll is a troll. If you see a troll, you should report it, and then a moderator freezes replies on the thread and/or deletes the post. That really depends on how funny we find them. Trolls are banned immediately upon the freezing/deletion of their post. If they’re not a troll, we’ll let you know. Don’t reply if you think they are.
Four: Post content only related to the cause of the community. I know, you guys have some really great essays about the evils of LJ/6A, but I'm going to have to ask you to take them to another community. Is there an <lj user="we_hate_lj"> community yet? Someone should make one, if not, because you guys do your research and deserve to have other people read it. Unfortunately, they just don't fit here, and they cause more trouble than they do good.
I reserve the right to add more rules as they are needed. You all know I waited as long as I could to do this, and you all know I wouldn't do this unless I thought it was absolutely necessary. I'm sorry if you disagree, but this is for the wellbeing of the community and everyone in it.
From now on this community is going to be friends only. From now on, PLEASE post your entries as friends only. This ensures the privacy of the posts and the posters. Things of great importance to the whole Livejournal community will be made public.
I've had a whole lovely day of deep thought and consideration regarding the future of this community, and this is what it comes down to.