FTB has dismissed Anjuli Pandavar for being out of alignment with our mission. Since I recently wrote a scathing critique of Anjuli, you might be wondering if I had something to do with it. Yes. Yes I did.
The story is that some FTB commenters mentioned serious issues with Anjuli. (I don’t mean to deprive these commenters of credit, but perhaps they would prefer to remain in obscurity.) I took note of this and poked some people. Anjuli had been a longstanding concern for many people, and apparently one last poke was all that was needed to produce action. The details of that discussion are private, so that is all I have to say about it.
Previously, I had barely read or interacted with Anjuli. I knew Marcus Ranum had criticized her before, and I saw several things that looked like red flags. But I didn’t care for her writing so I just ignored her. Note there are plenty of people on FTB whose writing I don’t care for, and obviously it’s not a moral failing if writers fail to cater to my personal tastes. I also have disagreements with many bloggers I do read, including Marcus Ranum, Crip Dyke, HJ Hornbeck, and PZ Myers, but I have a lot of respect for them and I am glad they are here. So what little I had seen of Anjuli was not something I saw as a serious problem until recently.
But FTB commenters encouraged me to take a closer look at Anjuli, and that led to my scathing critique. In the process of researching that, I came to agree with others that Anjuli was a serious problem. But the critique itself did not play a role in Anjuli’s dismissal, it was just a parallel occurrence.
I have no regrets about the dismissal. Obviously Anjuli can continue her writing elsewhere, as she had done before FTB, and the difference is that now it’s not in our faces. Speaking for myself, writing one critique of Anjuli is fine, but I don’t want to be confronted with that sort of rudimentary wrongness on a regular basis. Her dismissal makes me more free to talk about other things.
This is the kind of post that has the tendency to attract trolls, so my comment policy will be in full force. I will block people purely based on reputation, and people who try to have extended arguments.