Wednesday, June 29, 2011

More About Online Prostitution...

     The way chat sites see it, there is not much for them to do about how people conduct themselves on their site.  As we all know on AirG, there is the occasional ban (a whopping 15 minutes), and repeated offenses can get you even longer periods in virtual time out.  But how does AirG address major chat concerns, like children accessing the same material adults view, when adults (if anyone at all) should be the only ones who should be able view it?
     Personally I have been looking into this issue for some time now. I have been a member of AirG Chat for over a decade, and I have been witness to how they have changed their approach.  At first, they adopted a rule we have here in the USA called the 1st Amendment, and you could cuss up a storm in a public chat room without any fear of reproach.  Once chat decency became an addressed issue for online communities, AirG adopted the "Vote to Ban" option, which allowed users to voice their dissent with someones speech by voting to keep that person off the site or out of the chat room.  This approach alleviated AirG of the responsibility of actively policing their website by putting it on its members, yet it caused a sort of mob mentality, and people would vote someone out of the room based solely on how their chat buddies felt about that person.  This led to many people being upset, some members left, and AirG was forced to find another way to change how people chatted.  This is where AirG Community Patrol came in, and especially on AirG, "Freedom of Speech" has never been the same.
     AirG CP is a program that blocks certain strings of letters from appearing in succession. So when you type the word FUCK into the box and hit ENTER, all you end up seeing is the typical "****" block out of the word. This worked for abbreviations as well, so FK, FUC, FUCC... all were banned at some point.  You would also receive a warning for trying to communicate using these sort of words, and just like when other members voted to ban you, a member could be temporarily locked out from the service for repeat offenses. 
     The main problem with this sort of censorship is that it has been overused.  Take for example the word BLUNT. This can be a term referring to how someone acts as well as a drug reference.  How can a program which is only built to block certain words be able to tell the difference? Especially since the use of the word to describe how someone acts is so benign? It can't. Which is another reason AirG (as well as other chat sites that don't mind censoring its members) have to take a good look at their position on censorship.
     This brings me back to chat decency.  How can a company that promotes itself to youthful members be only concerned with the decency of the chat and not the morality of it all?  Don't they go hand in hand? When I see a female profile post something like "Guys get at me for pay2play $$$," and I report the post to AirG, those members seemingly never get punished for solicitation.  I see them in there (the room) posting that shit for hours on end, and I know Im not the only person reporting it.  Yet when I post "NOT TO BE BLUNT, BUT HO THERE ARE KIDS IN HERE. FIND A NEW SITE," I get banned within seconds.  Even right now, I am locked out of my account and I have not said anything indecent or immoral.  About 10 minutes ago I was commenting on AirG's new roll out of their "VIP" program, and yes my comments were not very positive (they charge $2 a week so you can have some BigBarnWorld plots and some new emoticons), but should I have been locked out?  Is this virtual harassment? All I am really trying to accomplish is to get this company to decide which side of the line they want to be on, because you cant promote yourself to kids without proving how safe the environment is for them to be there.  And its not safe for kids when they see hookers posting their available services and johns posting their available spending limits. 
     Pick a side guys.  Either you are totally free from censorship or you do a respectable job of policing your website.  By the way, I got the big bann for my comments today.  Locked out with no timer.  My best guess: its personal.


P.S.>> Anyone know why AirG's 866 USA Cust. Svc. number is disconnected?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bad Meets Ǝvil - Hell: The Sequel

     Since I have been reading on the web that it is "Bad Meets Ǝvil" promotional week, I guess I'll leech a little bit of traffic from Em and Royce. Plus this is music for the summer, so like usual, my favorites are on my mixpod thing.  No, "Lighters" will not be on there. 

Stay Fly,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Heat Lose... Told Ya They Wouldn't Win

    When its Game 6 of the NBA Finals, somebody's life is at stake. Maybe not literally, but your reputation is definitely on the line.  Back at the beginning of the season, the Big 3 of Miami said they would perhaps be bringing multiple championships to the city.  Perhaps that will have to wait, along with Dwayne Wade and Lebron James using the court for repairing their reputations.
    The Dallas Mavericks shattered all the bandwagon ball-hanger dreams of the "Heat fans" (aka Lebron James dick riders), not to mention the mass amount of online free press that they would have given him if the Heat would have won.  The sickest part about it was the fact that James was literally a non-existent player in every 4th quarter, watching the demise while Wade and Bosh did what he could to help the team.  The disappointment tonight was capped off when, with about 4 minutes left in the game, the Mavericks were able to get an offensive rebound and a tipped ball out-of-bounds to run about a minute and a half off the clock, and then convert a basket to build a 10 point lead that would never be in question.  James' 3 with about 1:54 left was followed by an ill advised attempt, and it seemed to me that he played as if he never wanted the pressure of the moment, a feeling that has repeated itself game after game against the Mavericks.
     I just wanted to say told ya so. :) I also just want to say that I was, and still am, amazed at the arrogance of it all.  You cant just "buy" an NBA ring.  You might be able to mirror what happened in Boston, when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen came to join Paul Pierce to win that first year, but they weren't out there saying they were going to win 5-peats before they had played 1 NBA game together.  They were humbly excited. There was fanfare, but there was no circus.  And when they won, it was with dominance. Not muscle dunking dominance, but dominance through execution, defense, and shot-making.  And that's exactly what Dallas gave the Heat a dose of all thru the Finals.
     So just remember this, all you NBA rookie analysts.  I love seeing you post.  I love seeing you support your team, even if you are super bandwagon.  And I also love when you are dead wrong, something you keep repeating over and over again, especially since I get to sit here and laugh at you even when its not my favorite team killing your dreams. Have fun watching Dallas celebrate, like these 2 below are doing right here...
(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Its time to work out, get ready for that 5 ring-in-a-row trip next year.  The rest of the NBA, guys like Kobe Bryant & Tim Duncan, they been on the weights since May...
Better skill next year...

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