Kiwi57 Louis Midgley • 6 hours ago
LM: “Oh, I almost but not quite want to know more about this "Mr Itchy" episode.”
I'm happy to oblige.
It was a comedy in three acts.
Act 1: A number of the more virulent anti-Mormons and resentful apostates did not like the moderation policies at what was once known as the FAIR board. Those policies included such draconian rules as not posting explicit Temple content and not defaming living people. (I was frequently reminded of the dirty boxer who, when told "no kicking, biting or gouging," replied "You're taking away all my best punches!") As a reaction against those policies, Shades et al set up his swamp. It was loudly trumpeted as a "free speech" board where anyone could say anything they liked without fear of "censorship." Meaning that people could get as vulgar - and as profane - as they liked.
A player calling himself "Mr Scratch," and subsequently "Dr Scratch," quickly emerged as one of the stars of the place. He soon started posting "dossiers" on "Mopologists." Those so-called "dossiers" could be described as a kind of spoof, a low parody of the intellectual history you have engaged in. (That's why the indignation of the fake doctors towards you is so deliciously hypocritical.) Scratch's "dossiers" consisted of tabloidesque gossip, gleaned from anonymous sources, interlarded with generous layers of guesswork. Each time one of them appeared, the denizens of the Sty grunted, oinked, brayed, hooted and screeched with spiteful glee.
Act 2: An anonymous individual set up something called "Mr Itchy's Blog." It was a kind of a parody of Scratch's "dossiers" - the choice of name seems rather pointed in that regard. (Itchy and Scratchy.) The Sty immediately erupted with rage. In particular, Scratch started behaving like a man who had had a bad scare, and was angry about it. Perhaps he thought his remote location (in Taiwan) and his internet anonymity, which he relied upon to protect him from any of his targets defending themselves, was in jeopardy. (Scratch consistently behaves like a very cowardly bully. He only picks on those who can't defend themselves.) He started lashing out in all directions, accusing almost every believing Latter-day Saint poster (including your humble servant) of being "Mr Itchy." He was insistent about me for a while, because I had nicknamed him "Itchy" at one point.
IIRC, "Mr Itchy" may have been posting at the Sty himself at around that time.
Act 3: Shades and his accomplice (I've forgotten his name) suddenly went from enjoying Scratch's attacks on the "Mopologists" to getting all solemn and po-faced. They decided that the joke was hitting too close to home - and of course, we can't have that. They started leaning on "Mr Itchy" to shut down his blog - thus demonstrating what they really think about "free speech" - while at the same time creating rules for their own cesspool to try to limit the motivation for anyone to do anything similar in the future. They decided that nobody should post any IRL (In Real Life) information about anyone else - providing that person was (1) an active poster on the Sty, who was (2) not posting in their IRL name. Anyone else, of course, remained fair game.
To my knowledge, Shades and Keene have only ever banned one poster from their Sty. That was for the crime of defending himself against libellous defamation by mentioning the word "lawyer."
That's the story, in a nutshell.
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeters ... 4766897215
Wow. Even as a relative newcomer, I can point out at least three items in that story that are factually not true. But it is fascinating to read the level of vituperative hate operating in this LDS member. He is really, really angry about something! Is it only possible to stay religious in this manner if you have someone or something you can really, really hate?