Thursday News: SFF controversies; Sites make a stand; Suffragette bodygards; DRM free comics
— Michael Gravely (@MichaelGravely) July 3, 2013
A major comic publisher has launched a new website that will offer comics in PDF, CBZ, CBR, ePub and those files will be DRM free. Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
“To keep their leaders free as long as possible, as well as to protect them against run of the mill assaults by irate defenders of the status quo, the Women’s Social and Political Union created a secret society known as The Bodyguard. Numbering 25 or 30 athletic and dedicated women, the Bodyguard was charged with providing security at Suffragette rallies throughout the UK.”
“Another standard is to be confident that, if we had to sit down with the person we are writing about and have them quietly read what we wrote about them in front of us—even if the piece was negative to them—we could ask them if they considered it fair and they’d say, “yes.” It is the latter standard that we also expect of readers and will more aggressively enforce.”
“To maintain and improve that, Kotaku writers will more carefully elevate the best discussions and consign the worst stuff to the unapproved commenting queue. We’ll also block the worst commenters from having their replies appear at all. Transgender writers don’t need to be told, as Allen was on our site, that “I like my videogames like I like my women. Without a penis.” Cosplayers whose images we feature don’t need be told how badly a reader wants to masturbate to their breasts. (There are other ways to comment about how terrific a female—or male—cosplayer looks.) Such comments will disappear; commenters responsible for them will see their commenting privileges reduced. If I’m describing your comments, now’s your chance to change things, too. “
Why? Because I want my friends and fans to be able to come to a convention and feel assured that the convention is making the effort to be a safe place for them. I want my friends and fans to know that if someone creeps on them, there’s a process to deal with it, quickly and fairly.
If any other author, artist, editor, fan or human being wishes to borrow this policy for their own: Be my guest. The more of us that make something like this a hard requirement for participation or attendance, the better.
You can read a rundown of the SFF controversies in 2013. Whatever
As many of you know, I instituted a more aggressive commenting policy a few months ago to address what I felt was an unfortunate degradation in commenting quality, more designed to harass and intimidate than it was to promote interesting and challenging dialogue. Running a blog and shepherding a community means leading by example so I’ve tried to do better as well. Since that time, I feel like we’ve discussed some hot topics while still respecting the other person. I hope it can continue for the betterment of our whole romance reading community.