WHOSE SITE IS IT, ANYWAY?
Well. Having read John’s post and the many overwrought, hysterical responses to it, I can only conclude that Xanga is largely populated by slack-jawed, knuckle-dragging morons.
To sum up: John is a Xanga god who explained that sites with pornographic content will no longer appear on featured content, no matter how much traffic they get. He did NOT say that such sites would be removed from Xanga. The porn posters can continue on their merry way, collecting hundreds of comments and pRopZ as they always do, human nature being what it is. They just won’t show up on the front page.
He also discussed a possible plan to institute a self-rating system, kind of like the movies, so that readers would know what kind of content to expect on any given site.
What the knuckle-draggers thought John said: Adult content will no longer be allowed on Xanga. Teenagers will no longer be allowed on Xanga. Patronizing oppressive grown-ups feel the need to shield the eyes of world-weary jaded teenagers from the grim realities of reproductive urges. Xanga will now monitor your every word. Xanga owners are Nazi fascists. Etc.
Here’s the thing: the site owners can do whatever they damn well please. It’s their site. You get to use it for free (or pay a nominal fee for extra features). They owe you nothing. You are entitled to nothing.
There are some very good reasons for the owners to be concerned about porn on their site. It is illegal to provide pornography to minors. Xanga is entirely unrestricted right now- anyone can view those posts without even clicking a button that claims they are 18.
Then there are copyright issues. A large number of the pornographic images appearing on Xanga are stolen from other web sites. That’s also illegal, and the individual who posts it is not the only one who can be held liable. Xanga can too.
And here’s a big shocking thought for the self-important knuckle-draggers: maybe the owners don’t really want to run a porn site. Xanga is a very broad community with all kinds of users, and they probably like that. But, when featured content is dominated by hard-core pornography, a visitor might well think “Oh, Xanga is yet another internet porn site. I think I’ll go someplace else.” If enough people get turned off that way, we no longer have a diverse community of writers but, well, yet another internet porn site.
A few intelligent commenters brought up valid points about targeting porn and ignoring racist or otherwise offensive material. A few expressed concern about the slippery slope of big brotherhood. But most of the knuckle-draggers simply failed to grasp John’s point, and are apparently incapable of grasping anything but their own ill-considered, self-righteous rage. Some of them threatened to leave Xanga!
Don’t let the door hit ya!