@Background Pony #FA7E
I do not support censorship. You are also not being censored. Nothing about the recent decisions affects what you can or are allowed to draw, just what you can and are allowed to post here.
Censorship is not just someone IRL telling you what you can't draw or say, that is already approaching "authoritarian dictatorship" territory. Websites that tell you that you can't upload a particular drawing or say a particular word on their website are also engaging in censorship.
Before I have to hear the argument again: No, complete censorship-free platforms do not exist, at least not legally, since material that is deemed illegal by the government in the host-country still needs to be deleted. However, that does not mean you can't or shouldn't strive to uphold free expression and only censor the absolute minimum that you legally have to.
Derpibooru is engaging in censorship, and they have done so before. This site was not free of arbitrary censorship before this point, however in recent times the censorship is becoming more and more ideological in nature, which is a giant red flag.
If you really feel the need to make "content that promotes, glorifies, or trivializes nazism" or "content that promotes hatred and/or discrimination against others based on race, gender, or sexuality"…,
Maybe I just want to draw a cute Aryanne picture, and the people who own this site interpret this action as trivializing, or even promoting or glorifying nazism. The issue is not what I "feel the need to make", the issue is that other people are judging what I "feel the need to make" with more and more arbitrary rulesets.
I live in a country that will sue websites if they host what my government determines to be "hate speech". Because the websites do not want to be sued by my government, they are ready and willing to quickly delete anything that violates those hate-speech laws.
What my government determines to be hate speech, however, seems arbitrary and also appears to be only enforced selectively.
This is also true for derpibooru. They dont allow "content that promotes discrimination against others based on race", yet they allow zebradom, which is, as people who consume zebradom admit (when pressured), black supremacy porn. The point of the fetish is that zebras, which are (apparently) an allegory for black people, discriminate against ponies (who represent the other races), racially subjugate them and proclaim their racial superiority.
Based on the rules that this site already has, this content should not be allowed on derpibooru, yet it is.
Every pony artwork should
be on this site, it should be properly tagged, and you should be able to filter it out if you dont like it. I personally have the "mouthpiece" tag filtered out, for example.
…, you are welcome to do what all the people who make artwork with underage human looking characters already do and host it elsewhere.
That's the plan.
Seriously, however much you want to claim it is, this is not some assault on your freedoms.
Derpibooru does not have that kind of power, no, fortunately. But they are restricting the freedom to post on this site, and are making people concerned about their confusing ruleset and baffling decisions, and making them wonder what will be next on the chopping block.
They are addressing a longstanding issue that some of their members have been getting harassed over for years now,
It's not an issue. It was never an issue. Aryanne doesnt do anything but exist. She does not convince anyone of anything. There is no danger and there never was any danger. If I went up to ol' Adolf and told him I am promoting his ideology by drawing a cartoon pony with the swastika on her butt, he would probably shoot me on the spot.
The same is true for all the ponies carrying black-lives-matter flags and transsexuality flags etc. A pony waving a flag does not convince anyone of anything. These pictures are harmless. Annoying, maybe, but harmless.
But at least the Aryanne posters don't actually believe they are furthering some kind of ideological agenda. :^)
If you get harassed, use the mute button, the block button, or report the user to the respective authorities, be it the website on which the harassment is taking place or law enforcement if there are physical threats being made against you. This decision will very likely not end any harassment any members have been facing.
and adding two things to an already existing list of all sorts of other stuff they don't allow.
Exactly. A list that grows longer and longer, and which does not seem to have any principled guidelines supporting it and instead is able to be changed by external pressure from journalists and activists.