All right. Strike me if you will - pun very much intended - but personally, I think the recent Livejournal strikeout drama
is stupid on more levels than I care to list at 7:12 in the morning.
Okay, so some - a lot - of people are paying for the service. So am I. In fact I own two paid journals, and I intend to keep paying for them. I agree that eljay shouldn't ever go after its bloggers simply because of whatever interests they have listed in their profile. That's the easy way, and in this case, utterly lame. Fine. I agree that pedophilia is a nasty variety of evil and should be, as it rightfully is, against the law and therefore persecuted. I also agree that there's a difference between dabbling in gray areas such as this writing-wise and otherwise, aka "murder mystery writers are not themselves murderers!1!" - fine.
I agree that fandom itself shouldn't suffer because of this. Although if I were to be completely honest, I wouldn't put it past pedophiles to have some sort of interest or other in those fandoms which they would consider attractive from their perspective (that of someone with sexual interest in minors), should they stumble on such. Also, it's true that a person without sufficient training and knowledge might have a hard time deciding whether someone's interest in the matter is literary or, well, literal. Personally, I dislike both. Just not my idea of fun or tasteful, but that's just me. I don't hate it, I just rarely read, and never write such pairings if they crop up in a fandom I follow. (Soubi/Ritsuka, to some extent Tsuzuki/Hisoka, etc.)
Now, I think it's generally wrong to target fandom. Eljay should make decisions whether to delete/suspend accounts on a case by case basis. I also don't think there IS a way to get rid of pedophilia on the internet - come ON. This is *internet*. Top it all with the fact that I think pretty much all parties involved in this current drama are acting like they left their brains in another room before they turned on their computers.
But you know what? Regardless of how much eljay benefits from paid accounts (incorrectly listed as 'plus accounts' in some of the reports I've seen online dealing with eljay and its alleged condoning of pedophilia), it's their
serves this is happening on. If they are targeted, they will defend themselves to get out of the spotlight. It's their
asses that will be sued if some overzealous creep decides everything that so much as mentions 'child' is connected with pedophilia. It doesn't make them right, but it does give them the right to act on the very ToS each and every user agreed to upon creating their account.
ETA: From an article here
Berkowitz said the company would "obviously apologize" to anyone whose journal was deleted in error but added: "That's going to be a very small minority of the sites. I would be shocked if it's more than a dozen."
So no, I wouldn't be happy if someone deleted my journal for no valid reason. But most people who right now are screaming the loudest about "OMG I'M MOVING TO ANOTHER BLOGGING SITE" aren't, haven't been, and probably wouldn't ever be affected. But most of all, whatever blog site you're on, there's always
the possibility that someone will target it, and whoever runs it will have a choice between letting their users do whatever they please, and facing a lawsuit, a shutdown of their servers, or both - or worse. Considering the way these things go now, that wouldn't surprise me in the least. And then another site would be evil, and OMG UNFAIR, and-- you get the point.
I wasn't going to comment on this issue, but. I haven't been on livejournal nearly as long as some people have - roughly four years now - but in my time here, I've witnessed the "everyone move elsewhere!" drama more than once already. If you want to go, go. If you want to stay, stay. But is there really any point to it, other than feeling that "you're a part of it"? The above is my personal opinion and isn't aimed at any particular person on my friends list or outside of it. It is also one of those rare occurences when I make a public post. Feel free to link to it / tell me I'm full of it / whatever, but I'll disallow comments if it stops being civil. ;-)Side note: layout in progress, don't get scared if you happen to look.