So #GamerGate is outraged at auto-blocking software. There are several blockers out there; a lot of people are finding them useful. I think they’re fine…and I’d say that even if my name were on any of them. I simply do not understand the attitude that it is somehow a violation of a person’s right to free speech if a mechanism is provided to make it easy for other to exercise their right to not listen.
Another twist on the excuses, though, is that they’re objecting to the categorization of names on block bots.
Why is it necessary for these blockbots to label its lists as lists of horrible people who are bigots, harassers, or otherwise “bad people?”
Well, if the description fits…
But OK, let’s imagine a list with a blanket condemnation of its members — say, an autoblock list that the creator labels “Fat ugly evil people”, and I’m on it. Would this bother me? Not in the least. If you feel it’s unjust, then it says more about the creator than the people on it. Or I might feel like it’s a fair cop.
It’s rather ironic, though, that #gamergaters, who are so ready to dismiss other people’s reactions to insults, are so delicate that they find being on a list labeled “harassers” traumatic.
Come on, people. These are voluntary lists. They don’t prevent anyone from expressing themselves. They do let people avoid others they don’t like. It seems like a good idea to me.