Over the next few days, we’re going to release a couple of new “Features”:
- “Ignore” puts ignoree in “Newbie” Clothing. So, if someone if wearing clothing which you don’t like looking at, or otherwise offends you, when you “Ignore” them, they’ll be put in attractive “Newbie Clothing”. We’re not sure at this point that when you “Un-Ignore” them if they’ll return immediately to their old clothing, or we’ll wait for them to change clothes or switch sectors (re-dressing people has turned out to be more trouble than
we imagined, and the “leave-them-in-their-newbie-clothes-until-they-change” seems like a nice way to hear what they’re saying without looking at their clothing choices).
- When you “Ignore” someone you will no longer see their submissions in the “Developer Items to Review” queue.
Now, I call these “Features for Imbeciles” because we were forced to spend time on them now because a few people can’t tell the difference between “Free Speech”, and “Putting Offensive Words on my clothing because I can”. We’re not at all sure what you think you were proving with this behavior, but you have accomplished something:
- We took valuable development time from other things to develop these features.
- Once you offend someone, and they ignore you, they’ll never see your name, or your clothing. So it doesn’t matter if the Angel of Mother Theresa comes down and dresses your Avatar in clothing supported by President Obama, John McCain, Vice President Biden, Michelle Bachman, and Sarah Palin, people who have wisely ignored you will never see you. Ever.
- If you submit items, the number of people available to review them will shrink to the point where your items take forever to get reviewed, if ever. It doesn’t matter it the Angel of Mother Theresa comes down and uses your hands to make the shirt which will heal the sick, feed the poor, and bring Good Will to all men, no one will ever see it. Except for you. And your 2 remaining friends who like those sorts of things.
Note, you haven’t proven “Free Speech”. We all know you have the right of Free Speech (even though There is a private company, and we’re actually not required to allow Free Speech, or any kind of Speech), and putting words on things that you know offend people don’t advance any cause, anywhere. Well, except to prove you’re an imbecile.
All of that aside, we’re going to try these “Tools for Imbeciles” and see if that makes things a little more civil. If that doesn’t work, we may have to resort to what I call (in homage’, of course) “The George Carlin Rule”.
That is all. We will hopefully soon get back to useful things, like the Free Trial Program and Compensating Developers for their work.
P.S. Speaking of Needing Supervision…