Monday, May 23, 2011

Update

If you found this blog from a non-Fark-related source, SKIP THIS POST, it will make no sense.

Given the recent events at Fark, I want to just make a few things clear.

I'm not in agreement with the mods about asking me to stop posting, nor do I think that it even succeeded in doing what they wanted. However, I can see their point of view and I'd like to expand on some of the things people are saying.

1. I was asked to leave. I wasn't banned, and I decided to honor the request because they asked nicely and they clearly were not doing it for political reasons or because they wanted to protect FR or anything. My accounts are still active there.

2. Right wing trolls at Fark are banned on a regular basis. Back before I started using my image, every once in a while a mod would read my wall of derp and assume I was a right wing troll and ban me for a day or two, for saying the offensive things that Freepers say. As far as I could tell, no one really noticed I was gone, and I drew the conclusion that this happens to the Black Animals and Bevets and whatnot, we just don't really notice it.

3. Asking the same right wing derp brigade to stop permanently would be a lot more like FR than asking me to leave. After spending the time I've spent at FR, I can honestly say that I believe some of our local nutsos are not trolls. Obviously some are, but with the absolutely awful things some people say sincerely, Poe's Law applies and I think it would be difficult to say "yes, Bevets is definitely trolling and not just posting his opinion."

Again, I agree with most of my supporters here that the mods made the wrong call, but I'm going to abide by it and I don't think they did it in bad faith.

On the other hand, and I hope there's a mod reading this, I think it's ridiculous that they're deleting posts that reference me in greenlit threads, especially the one from FR. If they really want to end threadjacking about me, then they need to let Farkers discuss it somewhere. Otherwise my name is just going to keep showing up in threads for months.

Also, at least two times since I was asked to stop, I've seen someone post a series of Free Republic quotes in a politics thread with the intro "With apologies to Freep Impact"; those posts were not deleted and users discussed them at length. If I'm not allowed to post quotes from FreeRepublic, I don't see why others should be allowed to do so.

If you guys have any questions, please leave them in the comments.

126 comments:

  1. One of the biggest problems with Fark is that it is literally forbidden to discuss ANY moderator action in any form. Posts are deleted, and if you don't pretend it never happened, YOUR posts will be deleted, ad nauseam.

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    1. This has happened to me across five different accounts on FARK. I criticized moderators for deleting one post on one account only to find that all subsequent comments I made on any thread were deleted within 24 hours. I made more accounts on FARK, some from different IPs, but I guess they track IPs there, because now I cannot post a comment from any account without it being deleted within 24 hours. Talk about a bunch of childish douchebags!

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  2. I liked your posts and miss you on Fark!!

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  3. Half the problem is there's only a clear cut 'you say this, you get deleted' framework in place for stuff like discussing bans or moderator actions. Threadshitting like it was an olympic sport takes some judgment to divine, so it remains.

    'This post mentions memory-hole'd user' doesn't, so clicking that yoink-post button doesn't actually take any effort or thought.

    When you get down to it, 'bad faith' or just 'bad framework' doesn't really matter. the end result is 'bad site'.

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  4. Your posts on the politics tab will be sorely missed, FreepImpact. You gave as much lulz to the forum as you did bring awareness to the dark right-wing undercurrents on the internet.

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  5. Be glad you weren't shadowbanned. Fark moderation is schizophrenic at best. I really liked your posts. : (

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  6. Go Freep Impact, Boo Fark!

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  7. Well, I'm glad I was linked here, at least. I missed everything that happened, and when I asked about it my post was deleted. (For being, of all things, "off-topic." On Fark! Two weeks ago, I didn't even know we had mods, I thought that was just a running joke!)

    Anyways, I'm sorry (but still confused) about what happened.

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  8. Jared, that explains the mass deleting.

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  9. I was in a thread where posts referencing you were being deleted. That was where I finally learned you were gone. I don't think it had anything to do with them being worried about offensive posts; the grey bars displaying the myriad of right-wing trolls that have been on my ignore list for YEARS fill every politics thread, and yet they still troll away. You touched somebody's nerve. The utter hypocrisy is Right in line with today's conservative victimization-- and your ouster would be par for the course at Free Republic, even.

    I am done, Done, DONE with Fark. It used to be my favorite site to browse with my morning coffee, but the pandering to the right-wing crybabies-- many of whom are paid to post-- while those who show what's behind the curtain are "politely asked to leave"... The whole thing is just waaay too Ministry of Information for me. To paraphrase Tina Fey, how dare you twist words by repeating them verbatim...

    However, I have a new blog to follow. :) My best wishes to you in any and all endeavors. You've got ten times more class than any of those witless clods.

    Dave (formerly angryred on Fark)

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  10. Flying Butt MonkeyMay 23, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    AWWWWW

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  11. It's a little ironic on a "Not news" website to only discuss the news and to only be able to discuss the news by which the thread is direct. Good job Drew and the rest of the mods at Fark for being fun Nazis.

    Yep, just Godwinned this.

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  12. That's just pathetic. Sure your posts may have taken over the conversation from time to time but it was NOT off topic. Further more the majority of daily farkers welcomed your contributions. I know I did and I sponsored you for it. The only negative responses I saw to your posts happened when people mastakenly took your posts as your personal opinions. Otherwise I saw nothing but an appreciation for your efforts. They will be missed.

    If you had complaints lodged against you they were done anonymously. All I have to say to that is the right wing crybabies that did so are cowards of the worst kind. For the most part we have open and honest discussions on fark. Trying to silence someone that isn't even expressing his own views but just exposing us to the extreme views found on FR is the act of a pussy. Those haters can DAIF.

    I will never understand this. Your contributions were welcomed and appreciated by the fark community at large. The mods asking you to stop is dumb as dirt.

    sammyk

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  13. Speaking as someone who was shadowbanned at Fark for submitting a story to the Business tab (yes, seriously), the Fark moderators really need to get a grip. You are being far too nice to them.

    They have effectively infinite power over the tiny little Fark universe, and even attempting to question a decision of theirs, no matter how justified, gets instantly erased and the poster banned. If they really don't like something you did, you get shadowbanned without warning, knowledge or recourse. You can't even make a new account- they shadowban all the IPs you ever came from.

    It's a website devoted to stupid news stories, cat pictures and political trolling. Outside of link spam, why ban anything?

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  14. I'm hoping that this is all some huge misunderstanding. A lot of people appreciate your posts. Has Drew been involved in this.

    Hopefully you'll come back. You'll be missed.

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  15. http://www.fark.com/comments/6227777/Paid-right-wing-trolls-spam-every-politics-thread-for-years-yet-Freep-Impact-is-politely-asked-to-stop-posting-Post-a-reference-to-FIs-existence-Deleted-This-my-last-submission-Enjoy-your-Ministry-of-Truth-mods?unignore=1&startid=69284935#new

    ...My last submission at Fark.

    Dave again

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  16. Yes, that sucks.
    Anyway... come play here.
    http://www.libertynewsforum.com/

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  17. Wow, that blows goats.

    As one of the only sane right wingers on Fark, I appreciated your delving into Poe's law.

    You will be missed.

    The_Six_Fingered_Man

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  18. For anyone staying at Fark, please consider using my DexeTroll script, which does to the trolls what the mods do to people who talk about Freep Impact -- that is, it deletes their posts and then it deletes the posts that quote those posts.

    I've got over 50 badges in my own ignore list, and I make it a point to tell badges when they get blocked. The more people who don't let badges crap in their browser, the less their sixty bucks a year buys them and the less likely they are to pay it.

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  19. I have a Fark account with the same handle which is why I'm posting anon

    Anyway I missed whichever thread it was mentioned you were no longer allowed to post FR comments and mentioned you along with comments from FR, everything got deleted and I was no longer allowed to post yesterday, so this explains a lot. Couple Things

    1. You are well represented on FARK, would not be surprised to see this end, it's angered quite a few people, thread comments in the FR green lit links are getting deleted en masse, I found this site link thanks to a farker, and plenty of farkers are keeping the mods busy

    2. This is more towered FARK itself, by far my fav site on the web, I don't understand why it is ok to green FR links and not allow reposts of the comments from there, there is no trademark on the comments

    3. I hope you keep up with this site, I enjoy showing people your posts because it's evidence how far right these "patriots" have gone, almost unbelievable to some who don't frequent FR and fox nation , so thanks for the laughs and scares

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  20. I guess I don't understand what the problem was at FARK. I always saw the FI stuff was a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of right wing politics and nothing more. There wasn't even any editorializing, just the quotes. How was this an issue? Were you so frequently banned that they then had to ask you to leave?



    I get that the mods don't really have the ability to distinguish between parody and the real deal, Poe's law and all that. I got banned once for trying to make a joke linking the porch monkey 4 life scene in clerks II to a Republican crowd sourced anti-Obama campaign. No it wasn't the greatest joke. Yes I did mention Obama and "porch monkey" in the same post, but it was blatantly obvious that I was an Obama supporter.

    It might not be a terrible idea for the mods to err on the side of caution rather than pulling the plug.

    Anyhow, Freep Impact will be missed. Thanks.

    IgG4

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  21. Wow. I didn't know that this was a problem. As a frequent poster on the Politics tab, I've gotten a kick out of your slogging through FR threads to find the gems for us.

    Contrary to popular belief, Fark doesn't officially take political positions, so perhaps the admins got sick of dealing with whiny people who kept complaining about your posts, and they just want it to go away so they aren't annoying by it. At least they asked you respectfully, and didn't simply ban or shadowban you, like they do for most people who cause trouble of some flavor.

    You will be missed.

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  22. "As one of the only sane right wingers on Fark, I appreciated your delving into Poe's law."

    "sane right wingers"? Do they really exist? (sorry, couldn't resist)

    Sorry to see FI's posts no longer allowed, I think they added a lot to the fun on the politics tab.

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  23. SBG, I checked my records: 223 handles in my ignore list, and still The_Six_Fingered_Man is not on it.

    I'm happy to see it -- it means I'm not blocking based on whether or not people agree with me. I run a script that ignores 223 people, and everyone so unwise as to talk to them, and Fark's discussions are still quite lively and fulfilling.

    Shame I don't have a script that'll reverse mod bans. Gorgor and FI were the most important problems Fark's mods needed to solve? Really?

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    1. If you have that many people banned, I think the problem is you. You sound like an insufferable douche incapable of handling the fact that some people think differently than you.

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  24. Btw I know you had to set this up quickly, but a suggestion

    Tumblr is way easier then blogspot, plus it allows people who like and follow you to repost your site, this kind of thing would gather a huge following from rebloging, ie iheartchaos etc

    Anyway keep it up, and let me know if you join

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  25. VIVA LA FREEP IMPACT

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  26. crap. a bum call, to be sure. FI will be missed.

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  27. FREE FREEP IMPACT

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  28. I'm sorry you're no longer posting, you were a positive contributor.

    I can see the other side, despite my resenting Drew Curtis' utterly hamhanded way of moderating. You're quoting material that Free Republic may legitimately claim ownership; and Fark.com could be liable for copyright infringement. Other media limit quote lengths and provide links for readers to see more; that allows for those interested to visit the original site.

    But back to the subject of the horrible moderating procedure of Fark. Shadow banning is a horrible way to treat your audience. Banning and deleting posts for asking about former users is offensive.

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  29. This is Coco LaFemme from FARK.....I think it's bullshit they asked you to stop posting. Really and truly bullshit. Considering the filth that gets posted every day, you posted nothing offensive. You just copy/pasta'd stuff OTHER people said.

    I hope to see you back again soon. In the meantime I'll be reading your blog.

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  30. *sigh* the sheer amount of "moderating" they were doing in the Daniels thread yesterday was lunacy.

    I've always been appreciative of your posts, Freep Impact. Contrary to trolling, I felt they added a lot to the discussion and certainly created page hits for Fark. Maybe the trolly page hits just rake in more ad cents somehow. . .

    Like I said in that Daniels thread, Semper F.I. No one's going to forget this, despite what the mods may want.

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  31. Good riddance. If I wanted to read FR derp, I'd go to FR. You are the first and so far only farker I've ever killfiled.

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  32. Well now we know who's been crying to the Fark mods

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  33. Happy trails, chica. Your posts added good, energetic discussion to every Fark thread you graced. I for one appreciated it, and I am disgusted by a team of modmins that would ban you but keep the Derp Brigade cranking out their same tired spiel thread after thread.

    If you find another site let me know. I'm done with Fark.

    blackminded

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  34. FREE FREEP IMPACT

    go to hell, drew

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  35. Fark mods a pathetic bunch. Freepy's posts were always on-topic to the thread they were posted in. Something that cannot be said about a lot of troll posts, that turn pretty much any topic into discussion of Obama's policies. Or about the thread-shitters that spam threads with cutting-and-pasting talking points. Not to mention the links to professional troll sites like breitbart and pajamasmedia.
    I usually never use ad-blockers, but I will make an exception for FARK.

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  36. Welp... Looks like Fark has completely deleted all posts past and present from a few of the more well-known right wing idiot trolls/dentists. I'd like to think they got so much hate mail about booting FI that they decided they needed to do SOMETHING.

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  37. Just another vote of support FI; glad you put this site up instead of disappearing. Fark mods are doing a sorry job at moderating their site. Ad-Block re-enabled and TF 86'd until they get their shiat squared away.

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  38. Loved your posts.

    Just cancelled my TF. No need to read Dancin and Gato over and over.

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  39. Hang in there, Freep. You were one of the best new posters on Fark and one of my favorites since Sunny Ray disappeared.

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  40. Thank you for your posts. I read Fark mostly for comments and I had started to expect and look for your quotes.

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  41. Six_Fingered_Man:
    "As one of the only [self-described] sane right wingers on Fark, I appreciated your delving into Poe's law.

    FTFY

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  42. Hell, one of the things that has kept me going to the politics tab was to see if you were finally going to snap under the pressure of all that stupidity. It's like watching someone do a sewage chug-a-lug.

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  43. @jesdynf: I may have to check out your script, if I don't decide to quit reading Fark altogether. Not necessarily entirely over this issue, but there's a lot of childish bullshit there, and it's been getting worse lately.

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  44. 'Jared said...

    Welp... Looks like Fark has completely deleted all posts past and present from a few of the more well-known right wing idiot trolls/dentists. I'd like to think they got so much hate mail about booting FI that they decided they needed to do SOMETHING.'

    Just did a quick search in various past threads and you are right. Dentist and Black cat posts are all gone. Wow....hell finally froze over.

    Seriously, about farking time.

    Sorry to hear that they asked you to stop. They ignored spiteful and hateful thread shitters over and over, but they found YOUR stuff over the line? Bullshit. Sadly, it looks like banning dentist animal was only done for the mods to save face since they know that this would have opened the floodgates with pissed off farkers. Hey, I like that they FINALLY went after the users who break the FARQ every single day, but its too little, too late.

    I like most of the users on Fark and enjoy the discussions and funny things. I just feel the site is run by a bunch of idiot trolls.

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  45. FredaDeStilletto here.

    If ever there was an arbitrary and capricious decision by Fark, it was "politely" showing you the door for, what I consider, a public service. I don't like to go to FR because the last thing they need is a higher page count - you saved me and many others from doing so by posting relevant material from that site. Meanwhile, the jackasses that need adult supervision are continuing to threadjack, troll and basically spit at the TOS.

    I don't know why this went down the way it did, but there are a lot of farkers who won;t get over it.

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  46. There was a redlit thread complaining about the incredible shrinking Daniels thread and Freep Impact, and a Mod came into explain their side. I think the other posters made a decent case as to why it seems like the internet dentists and animal color types sure seem to get away with murder. Maybe the Mods are finally realizing that people don't complain about winterwhile because he posts unpopular opinions, they complain because he's a damn troll.

    I hope the word of mouth about this blog spreads.

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  47. They explained themselves to the badges but lacking the nerve to do it in public? Not a shock.

    On the other hand, maybe we should just call the (soft-)ban of Freep Impact their Jose Cuervo(TM) Cue Moment of the Week.

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  48. Dang, I guess that's the kind of thing you miss when you go so long without saying anything funny that your TF sponsorships run out.

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  49. Bloody William made a great comparison with Bevets. That's a robot account doing the same shtick for YEARS and links to his own damn site as proof and maybe said 4 sentences in his own words while he just quote spams. However, I believe that since he's so well-known for his act, they feel he's a part of Fark and to remove him would be bad. Bad for them, maybe.

    I can understand the mods thought process on this and possibly agree with them. However, the problem is not just that freep was asked to leave, but rather they went after her while ignoring the trolls whom have been brought to the mods attention dozens of times. Its the selective enforcement that piss people off.

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  50. Apparently, the post deletion/bannination has waned somewhat. You can know discuss and even link to this blog...

    johne3819@fark

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  51. I trolled RID one time and got a 72 hour ban. I discussed this with another user in thread which I took screenshots of just in case they were deleted to be posted at a later time.

    also,

    What happened to gor gor?

    I support Freep Impact

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  52. Because of this issue, I am going to spend the next few days detoxing from FARK. It occurred to me that maybe Drew was being blackmailed or bribed or something. How else to explain the apparent professional trolls (the amateur trolls I could live with), and then *you* are banned for reporting truthfully about the rhetoric on FR.

    Banned for telling the truth. Well, well. The intertubes are getting curiouser all the time. Good work, Godspeed, and Semper F.I.

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  53. You know, I've been a farker for 8+ years and a lurker for prob a year before that.

    This whole thing is a mess. It used to be fun, but now it's just a business for Drew and a way for his douchebag, little-dick, mall-cop mods to exert some authority.

    Freep's posts weren't trolls or anything like that. It was like that one guy that did the word-jumble things. The Fark mods just didn't like being mocked for their Freeper beliefs by having them posted out in the open.

    That fuck, Unfreakable is still going through threads and deleting posts that reference Freep. He's trying to make Freep an un-person. Never existed.

    If Unfreakable is reading this, fuck you. Tell drew to eat a bag of dicks too.

    CubanSaltyBalls.

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  54. You can always go where the other banned farkers go

    Bannination.com

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  55. Considering the shady shit FreeRepubsick pulls, I would not be surprised they're behind some of this.

    CSB:
    I too was shadowbanned. When I asked why, the mod said I created an account to get around a ban. Had his head been pulled out of his ass long enough to see, I had two account both of which were made before one was banned. I was put on a 24 hour hold and when I logged into the second account, BAM. I got shadowbanned.

    I got around it by creating a new account under a proxy. I used the account and never got in trouble. One night I got drunk and accidentally forgot to use the proxy. My new I got banned within 10 minutes. Anyway, I contacted a different mod, and she said that it was fine and reinstated my IP.

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  56. Apparently, the post deletion/bannination has waned somewhat. You can know discuss and even link to this blog...

    johne3819@fark

    No it hasn't.

    Here's a link from a purged thread earlier.

    http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq335/cubansaltyballs/unfreakable.jpg

    Unfreakable purged at least 30 comments that asked why CDP can stay and post his bullshit but Freep is gone.

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  57. I just heard about this, you can add PanicMan to your list of supporters. I'm sad to see you go, you provided a valuable service to Fark. Actually, you provided a valuable service to political discourse on the internet. I knew FR was bad, I didn't realize how bad.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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  58. Just checked the only reference I made to you.

    It's gone.

    I've lurked Fark for years. I've posted fewer than 20 times. I've been deleted for calling out a troll and for referencing you. This makes no sense.

    I'm gonna go say goodbye. Fark never got any TF money from me and now they won't have my clicks. I won't be a part of a community who's rules I can't understand.

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  59. I'm a Fark.com moderator so I'm getting a potato out of these derps

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  60. Shut up, Wesley!

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  61. All Fark needs is a leather jacket, and some water skis.
    FI, thanks for what you did.

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  62. And here I always though FI’s posts, and the reactions to them, added interest and entertainment to the threads. Shows what I know, I guess. I wish you well, FI.

    --Notabunny

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  63. bye bye Freep. Good show while it lasted

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  64. Modmins seriously go back and delete old posts by banned users? That's messed up.

    I can see banning users from posting for whatever amount of time, trimming current posts for violating the FARQ, etc. . . But stuffing old content down the memory hole? It's not like folks go back and read old threads often enough that it really polishes some imaginary tarnish on the site. Just leave the old stuff be.

    Anyway, good luck to you F.I. It looks like a lot of Farkers will be hanging around here with you to see how things turn out. Maybe you'll be reinstated, or maybe this is a sign that Fark is going full dark side . . . perhaps you are just the first victim in a pogrom that will turn the site into a haven for only shiny happy people and trolls.

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  65. Interesting to watch how one decision can risk destruction of a huge community carefully developed over years.

    However, I'm a bit confused by all the shock: It seems to me pretty obvious that Drew is right wing, perhaps staunchly. FI posts were an embarrassment to the cause and probably quite frustrating. He/mods finally decided they'd had enough embarrassment and "asked politely" that the posts be stopped.

    The absolute best case scenario is that Drew is a sellout and is protecting right-wing-advertiser revenue, possibly in the face of pressure from them. Worst case is he's just another willfully-ignorant right-wing blowhard who can't take legitimate criticism and got right-place-right-time lucky when he posted a picture of a squirrel.

    It'll be interesting to watch what happens over the next few weeks. As someone once posted (paraphrasing from memory) "Christ! The comments on YouTube! It seems like every time I go somewhere else, coming back to Fark is like reading the New York Times Review of Books." I agree. There are few smarter general communities, and none as snarky in a sharp-witted way. I'll be sorry if it dies.

    Free FI!

    Free gorgor, too, for that matter!

    Hell, free the dentists, black animals and morans, and let us use ignore if we like!

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  66. Looks like threads are disapearing now. Fuckin mods are ruining Fark.

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  67. I got here through the "Palin's 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign" thread. Stayed up for a good long while, even though people noted it was a repeat. Talk turns to you, FI, and people start worried about the thread getting deleted, under the excuse that it was a repeat.

    And poof, there it goes: http://www.fark.com/comments/6228979/Palins-2006-gubernatorial-campaign-coordinated-with-Republican-Governors-Association-RGA-in-violation-of-campaign-rules?viewmode=3&togglehtml=1&unignore=1&startid=69302263&tt=

    Keep up the good work, FI. We miss you over there.

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  68. I managed to find a post mentioning that you were gone from Fark and dug up your blog. I don't know much about how the mods work on Fark, but I'll definitely miss your posts- always looked forward to them in the threads.

    -Lou Brown

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  69. "I got here through the "Palin's 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign" thread. "

    Is that the thread that had CDP as the first poster? His post and subsequent comments on his post got erased. Looks like the purge continues.

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  70. We miss you.

    But we found you, so it's okay.

    ~Cinaed

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  71. Epic butthurt is epic.

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  72. You're kind of like a mild nice day in which nothing of consequence happens. Everything's fine until you're suddenly gone.


    But, where there's a will, there's a way. I'm sure I'll see you around in some form.

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  73. Nothing to say that hasn't been said, just another voice of support from a former fellow Farker.

    You are missed, and will continue to be.

    --DarwiOdrade--

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  74. You will be sorely missed. You're a braver man than I for I never plan to visit FR to see all that DERP, thanks for that.

    WI241TH

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  75. Here's Unfreakable's response, in a red-lit but high-vote thread liters like me can read. At least, for the moment. http://www.fark.com/comments/6225741

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  76. I had no idea any of this was going on and I'll miss your posts. Lord knows I'm not going over to FR myself.

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  77. Man, it's like a Night of the Long Knives over in the Politics Tab. I got busy for a couple days and came back to this. And I was just in a thread that referenced this site and within ten minutes the post count was eviscerated.

    Anyway, I enjoyed your tenure as FreepImpact, much as enjoyed the tenure of GorGor and other unmentionables that fell under the mighty Banhammer. Things change and evolve, and Fark is getting more and more stale as the world turns. Alas.

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  78. Wow, Mods are merciless today. I just saw 40-some posts disappear when people asked why you're no longer there.

    http://www.fark.com/comments/6230619/So-it-turns-out-Billy-Long-R-eally-eating-crow-today-made-fun-of-last-years-big-tornado-drill-in-his-home-town-of-Joplin-MO

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  79. Hmm not much left in that redlit but readable thread but a lot of mod ball-gargling.

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  80. FreeP Impact, you are a treasure. The only reason to ask you to stop was copyright concerns, but that's not what they claimed.

    There's constant thread & post deleting going on today - threads become overwhelmed with people upset at your absence, mods delete, then in the next thread someone asks again, and it starts all over again. Fark's creaking to a halt because there's no real discussion anymore. (Posting stupid pics is all they've got left)

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  81. So your ALT got banned, but you still post with other accounts. You're a disingenuous dirtbag.

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  82. ", quipped the brave idiot hiding behind Anonymous

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  83. ZC here. I liked what you did, and I think it's kind of crappy that they did this to you, but then the mods have never been known for being even-handed or fair, or even logical. I've been banned more than a few times for silly things (mostly images that showed too much ass or cleavage) but this seems to be the kind of "kindly leave" that is heavily weighted with the agenda of some thin-skinned folks who can't take a fucking joke, and really can't stand it when their own behavior makes them the butt of the joke.

    At least you're keeping it up. Good on you for that. Sometimes, people need to have their ignorance underlined and highlighted for the world to see. You do an excellent job of that, and frankly, I'm amazed you don't get physically ill skulking around Freeper land as often as you do. It would turn my stomach to be exposed to that much hate on a regular basis.

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  84. WaltzingMathildaMay 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I have a question: why are you being so nice about this? Is it because you wanted to keep your account?

    Sad, I like Fark a lot, but twice in the last year it's made decisions that have made me embarrassed to be associated with it. This being one of them.

    Question for anyone: Is reddit or any other site just as good and/or better?

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  85. I've probably already doomed my account for speaking my mind in a certain thread, but to hell with it. I was ultimately disappointed with how Fark handled the situation. Their behavior was two-faced to a T. However, I am glad that you are continuing with this little endeavor. Your posts were always onpoint and filled with lulz. I'll continue to watch from here and Twitter.

    Godspeed,

    TheBlackrose

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  86. The 'copyright concerns' lie is appalling. Selectively quoting comments from a discussion forum (with attribution, even) is fair use.

    Heck, Drew celebrates when a more significant media outlet quotes a Fark thread.

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  87. This sucks. I'll miss reading your stuff at fark, but I'll be here now!

    -Hung Like A Tic-Tac

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  88. Redlit thread, but still accessible and still racking up posts.

    http://www.fark.com/comments/6227777/Paid-right-wing-trolls-spam-every-politics-thread-for-years-yet-Freep-Impact-is-politely-asked-to-stop-posting-Post-a-reference-to-FIs-existence-Deleted-This-my-last-submission-Enjoy-your-Ministry-of-Truth-mods?unignore=1&cpp=1

    Dave

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  89. Anonymous two posts up: I'm the one that said copyright, not Fark mods. I was (poorly) saying that might have been a reason, but no, they didn't even bother to use that excuse.

    AND FARK IS DOWN! hahahahahaha

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  90. Wow...I will be using Farkback to ask about this. I won't say I will not keep visiting Fark, but I can't stand for someone to be stifled. For the same reason many stated, I will NOT give FR page hits. You were doing us ALL a service, and I am going to request an explanation.

    Sorry this happened, FI...You will be missed in the Fark threads. I had begun to seek out your graphic in any politics thread. This is a bummer.

    If Fark management is not ashamed, they should be.

    ~Skink~

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  91. If you start posting on reddit, I bet farkers will follow you there.

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  92. I just tried to post your gift to us - http://imageshack.us/m/20/861/impactq.png - and they've made it "unfetchable".

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  93. I never saw anyone post MMY anywhere. Could they have preemptively blocked it? It's not like they're not following this thread.

    That would be hilarious, if so -- I guess the Fark moderators really *can* get ahead of a problem.

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  94. I did, on Sunday. It didn't last long.

    Merely saving the image in a different spot isn't enough to get around the filter. Resizing seems to work. ;)

    I'm going to use it sparingly, like she requested. Mostly as an in memoriam in old threads once in a while...

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  95. I have it in my Fark profile with the original hosting, still shows up.

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  96. www.banniNation.com: when they've kicked your sorry ass off every other site

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  97. Basically, this thing will not end well for the mods since they are handling it horribly. people are pissed off at the selective enforcement of the rules that may or may not actually be written in the FARQ (it says you need to wait 24hrs to post after making an account, but plenty of trolls have been there only 6 hours later). This is like a cop walking down the road, passing by people doing vandalism, attacking people, throwing weapons, causing destruction and stealing, and then sees someone accidentally littering and freaks out at that person only.

    Any thread mentioning Freep gets cleaned immediately now. They are really going crazy with this, and it makes them look worse and worse. Although, considering who runs the site, they may not care how hypocritical they look.

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  98. I will miss your public service -your posts really helped me understand why some Congresscritters do what they do/why Birthers shouldn't just be ignored/why Santorum gets so much attention. That's about a thousand percent more than the derp brigade ever contributed to any discussion, from where I'm sitting.

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  99. I am so disgusted with FARK! Freep-Impact, you have struck a nerve and are being censored. Free Republic is a circle-jerk for the neo-fascist derp brigade to get pumped on their latest talking points. Maybe they didn't appreciate the daylight that F.I provided with her casual monitoring. Maybe F.I. should have her own talk-show based on what is going on over there so that more people could see what the right-wing really believes. But in the run-up to 2012, maybe these guys don't want the attention. Wouldn't it be interesting if the distraction of being identified with cro-magnum, racist, mouth-breathers actually cost the Repubs a couple of seats, or at least forced a few Congress Critters to disavow the FR rhetoric? Hmm....

    And another thing, for Drew: DELETE THIS YOU CORK-SUCKER!

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  100. FUCK YOU DREW CURTIS


    do sumthin' about it

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  101. I did enjoy seeing your threads. I've taken to posting your name here and there when I'm in a politics thread. We'll see how long it lasts. Oh and to fark modmins and those paid by fark that are reading this: I quit fark for 6 months and did not miss it. I know others who left and did not return. Leaving isn't impossible. Keep paying the wrong people to post and you'll see more authentic users bail.

    And yes, my post was deleted in that thread about Palin. It mentioned you.

    /nadie_az

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  102. I pretty much lost all respect for Drew after his unbelievable douchetastic blog about Stewart's rally a few months back. I mean, WOW, he came off as such a petty asshole.

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  103. We miss you terribly, Freep. Your posts were amusing, enlightening, and terrifying. I admire your courage to wade in a cesspool of ignorance and hatred that defines American right-wing extremism. For FARK to allow known trolls to continue to poison otherwise (relatively) sane threads, and to simultaneously pressure you to disappear for shedding light on such wingnuttery, is a goddamned shame.

    I eagerly support your efforts to illuminate the madness, and I and many others wish for your return.

    -- Snatch Bandergrip, cheapskate Liter

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  104. It sucks that you were asked to leave. Fark has been going downhill for awhile now.

    I always thought drew was a douche bag, this just proves it

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  105. Liter Elandriel here. I desubbed from TF ages ago because of this very kind of activity, and will probably remain so. If there were another community somewhere that ahd the kind of discussion I've come to enjoy at Fark, I'd go there in a heartbeat. My wife hates Fark because she said it smacks of elitism and selective enforcement of the rules, and the trolls run the place. Seems she's right.

    Wonder if I'll have my account banned because I am saying detrimental things elsewhere?

    Oh and Wil Wheaton, good for you for being a fark.com moderator, why don't you man up and tell them where to shove it instead of being hilariously ironic? Or are you happy to support pointless censorship?

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  106. modmins shaddowbanned my comment that quoted part of a user's post who mentioned Freep Impact.

    Difficulty: I quoted part of the comment that doesn't mention Freep in or out of context.

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  107. I just managed to catch a glimpse of this over on Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/fark/status/73788184596721665

    The fact that they would post this just after having a moderation SNAFU of their own is pretty thick headed.

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  108. Hey Freep, I feel your pain. I was banned last year for calling a troll a troll. Oh no, of course the TROLL wasn't banned, just me. Since then, I've lurked but not posted.

    Fark can fuck off. It's dead to me now.

    Gamer Grrrl

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  109. It's both telling and sad that, when I noticed I hadn't seen a post from you in a while, I intuitively knew you had been banned. You are now, and will continue to be, sorely missed.

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  110. Pffft. Drew Curtis has been sucking advertiser cock for a very long time. The moderators play favorites and have been doing so for a years. I think the Phil Herup and Gato Negro bans were done as a face saving gesture after the mods were again called out for being petulant douchebags.

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  111. Add one more voice to your supporters. Fark dun goofed. I enjoyed your posts. Modmins are assholes.

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  112. I can never quit you!

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  113. That kind of sucks for what happened, but I also have a question for anyone really.

    What exactly is shadow banning?

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  114. Diarrhea Anne FrankJuly 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    ^ When they prevent your posts from showing up to others, but don't tell YOU about it. F*cking sneaky backhanded BS.

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  115. That explains that. Now I have to figure out why it happened, and how to become a member of the community again.

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  116. Ha, and since posting that, I've been shadow-banned. Fucking scumbags. Fuck Fark.

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  117. I'm pretty sure Bevets is a moderator alt.
    Here's my reasoning. Go to this link:

    http://www.fark.com/hlsearch?qq=bevets&o=0&limlt=0&limwp=-1&limtt=0&arch=1&comment=&url=&email=&name=&website=

    You'll see that Bevets has 5 threads dedicated to him.
    This is a direct violation of Fark's calling another farker out rule. While this may have happened before that rule was implemented, making a photoshop thread dedicated to him? Why, that's not suspicious at all.

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  118. I can attest to the extreme douchebaggery of the moderators over there. All of my comments across four different accounts have been getting deleted from threads within 24 hours of posting them for about a year now. I called the mods out as being douchebags for deleting my post in a cyclist thread that included a pic of that guy plowing a car through a group of cyclists with the caption "My way, get the fuck out of it" (I'm sure folks here have seen it), and got a 72-hour posting ban. I created a second account so I could comment on how the mods arbitrarily deleted my comment even though I've seen that exact pic posted dozens of times before in cyclist threads, which got THAT account banned for 72 hours. After the ban periods were up though, any comments I did make, regardless of what I said, were being deleted from threads, as well as anyone else's who replied to my comments. I guess they do some kind of IP tracking there too, because comments I make from two other accounts also get deleted within 24 hours. Fuck Drew and his little banana republic there. The guy is nothing but a sad little king of a sad little hill.
    -lisarenee3505, mrpoopiepantaloons, 2words1finger, garlic scented whore

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  119. Too bad more people don't post to this forum.

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  120. Fark's a joke now. It used to be great, so it bugs me to see what its become. The comment sections aren't worth reading, because a couple of "valued" people, with a handful of alts each, derail almost every thread with more than 20 comments.
    And TF with its little social circle of people who have to pay a monthly fee to belong to a social circle; it's useless. At least it lets you see (although one flat-out admitted it) that mods look at incoming submissions and then tweak the tag line so that they can resubmit the story themselves. There's nothing there that isn't done 100x better on Reddit.

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  121. Shadow-banned right winger from Fark here. Stinkyy represent'. I guess I rubbed someone raw on illegal immigration or affirmative action, because I am now a "racist". Keep burying your heads in the sand, Frakstick mods.

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