DC Blogs Noted

 

A history of destruction. So how long will the new mattress last? Longer than the car? Vividblurry.

A little nonsense now and then at Speakeasy. A niece asks: “Mandy, is there a city underneath Washington?”

Remember the Good, writes Doctor of Thinkology:  I refuse to learn the name of the man who took their lives. I won’t let him become part of my memory.

If you don’t understand crocs, here are two posts which may further confuse the issue. Why? No seriously, *why* are you wearing those? And Crocs rebuttal. By A Serious Job is No Excuse. (Nod to DL22, who wrote: “… everyone in my office is laughing out loud right now at this writer’s take on Crocs as what she calls “commuter shoes.”)

I think I’m officially a DC resident now. Parking ticket trauma. From Harvard Street.

A note: I’ve been going to the monthly Blogger Happy Hour, on and off, for two years and have met many wonderful people at it. It’s a de facto institution, with a rotating group of sponsors, attended by many, many bloggers. This opportunity to interact has been one of the best things about blogging in this city.

Now, there’s a storm of contention. A boycott has been urged by some bloggers. I understand the reasons raised by a few but respectfully disagree on the approach. 

At heart has been publication of personal information; telephone numbers, places of employment, as a means of abuse and revenge.

I have heard complaints by women, in particular, of stalkers. I have heard people express fears, real fears. 

The community is largely detached and unaffected by its worse behaviors but the trend is worrisome to many. Bullying behavior and threats to publish private information is unacceptable by any standard of moral conduct.  The first responsibility of this blogging community is to ensure the safety of its participants.

No one can tolerate publication of personal information, whether it appears in a post or comment. It is not a bargaining chip. Local bloggers have an obligation to protect each other. 

For those who have removed this material, it’s a start but it doesn’t go far enough. People have to be assured that it won’t happen again and bloggers need to vow not to let it happen again. And there shouldn’t be any conditions or excuses attached to it.

But this boycott will be used by some to spread stain on all who attend. I don’t think it’s what some of the supporters of this want to happen. 

This boycott, whether intended or not, is a blunt edge weapon applied indiscriminately to punish a lot of people who have had no part of this, who have done the right thing, and have contributed to this community and who don’t deserve it.  – kob.

 

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