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I hadn’t intended to log in again, but I decided I wanted to leave a somewhat more detailed explanation about why I’ve left. Fluther’s users have never been especially open-minded, but numbers have fallen to the point where a self-selecting clique of about 10 users have appointed themselves the Guardians of Fluther and are acting as what amounts to a vigilante squad of bully-boys following “undesirables” around and making their experience here as unpleasant as possible.

The result of this is a vicious circle in which newcomers who fall outside the increasingly narrow bounds of what constitutes orthodoxy on Fluther are driven away, either actively by the bully-boys or passively when they see how unpleasant the dynamics here have become.

What I think the administration of Fluther has failed to recognize is that those with the highest level of intelligence, creativity, and insight are generally also those who are least inclined to fall into line with what the community regards as acceptable social behaviour. To quote Voltaire, “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.”

The upshot of all of this is that I think Fluther is probably doomed. Usership falls as the vigilante squad scours the place clean, resulting in an ever smaller self-selecting group of bullies. I hate bullies with a passion, and it was my intention to resist their attempts to force me off Fluther, but perhaps I’ve mellowed in my old age. I came to the conclusion that I have better ways to waste my time than contributing my time and expertise to a place where I’m not welcome, and where participating has become unpleasant.

While it’s not my intention to return (and my suspicion is that there’s not likely to be a Fluther to return to for much longer in any case), I’ve made that decision before and ended up returning after enough years have passed to dull the memory of my unpleasant experience. If anyone needs to get ahold of me for advice on labour or community organizing issues, my email address is (Remove the NOSPAM.)

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honeybun35's avatar honeybun35 said

Regarding your answer:
Wow I understand that I truly do.This is different though this person can put up a front.

September 8th, 2019

wildpotato's avatar wildpotato said

I really wish you were here to answer “this”;

December 7th, 2013

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Hey! You’ve asked our Question of the Day!

April 11th, 2012

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Hey! You’ve asked our Question of the Day!

December 16th, 2011

FutureMemory's avatar FutureMemory said

I’m really glad you haven’t returned to Fluther.

August 16th, 2011