Of course, I saw this coming and so I posted a rebuttal to this whiny little malcontent's griping
on a thread devoted to discussing more of his truly bizarre behavior. Anybody who wants to slog through the sludge is welcome to go over here, but for those who don't I'll give the condensed version.
I set up "Travel to Burning Man
" over at a cool little service called "Proboards
" back when I was feeling a bit more positive about ePlaya than I do now. The place even had a linkback to these boards. TTBM was set up, not as a low rent wannabee competitor for ePlaya, but as a supplemental resource that did some of the things that ePlaya didn't, in addition to providing a needed backup for a service that had already failed, at great inconvenience to a number of users. These things happen.
One of the sections of that board is entitled "Stories
", set up for members who wanted to share stories about experiences on the open road. It's a chance for the members to share a little journaling done in narrative form. What it is not is a platform for taking barely disguised potshots at other members of the community. Rockdad posted to my little creative writing forum to do exactly that.
To call such behavior "exquisitely inappropriate" would be an exercise in comic understatement, and given what I had already promised people about what the nature of the new board would be, for me to take action against Rockdad was not merely my prerogative, it was my duty. ePlaya seems eager to empower its cranks in direct proportion to their level of viciousness. That makes for an atmosphere on these boards that some of us don't enjoy. Some will call that "wussiness"; personally, I think of it as being a lack of masochism.
What some burners are looking for is a chance to get back to what they were interested in, when they first got involved in burning, and I can just about guarantee you that 999 times out of 1000, that didn't involve the eagerness of Rockdad and Hughmungus to drag everybody in sight into their meaningless frog and mouse battle. What little places like mine offer is a chance to get away from assholes like those two. Think of it as one of those quiet little places about two rings in where you go when you get tired of dealing with the weekend fratboys on the Esplanade. There doesn't seem to be as much going on when you first look, your ears tell you that the big party is somewhere else, but when you go looking for human beings instead of looking for a spectacle, that's where you look.
I hope that people won't be scared off from contributing just because yet another crazy guy has made a scene and played the "random whacky accusation game" (hi, Rockdad). I understand the desire to not have crazy people yell at one, but let me ask some of you a question. In all of the decades of "going along to get along" and appeasing whoever was making the biggest scene, how much peace did you ever win for yourselves? Really? Did you ever notice that no matter how much ground you give to people like this guy, they always find something else to be angry about? Is it smart to always be ready to sell your freedom, your spirit and your soul for a reward you never get?
People like Rockdad and Hughmungus do not make scenes because anything specific is pissing them off. They make scenes because making scenes is what they like to do, because turmoil is all that they know how to create and if they weren't doing so, they'd be invisible. The one and only way to get any peace and quiet out of people like that is to get up and walk away, if only briefly, to a place where you don't have to hear the sound of their voices. Yes, they'll scream and shout and you'll probably hear the word "censorship" bandied around. So be it. They were going to scream and shout anyway.
The name of the place is Travel to Burning Man
, and as I've said elsewhere, its focus is more on the experience of getting to the burn than that of being at the burn, though I did just open up a new board for discussing camps and projects
. I hope some of you will be able to see past the mud others have been slinging, and give our little place a try. I think you'll enjoy it.