May 2, 2008

Boredat Back Up

BoredatVassar is back online.

A new message reads:

"Thank you for your thoughtful comments and suggestions. It is clear that boredatvassar.net has affected the Vassar community in a very emotional way, both positively and negatively. However, there is also a positive that I simply cannot ignore. I cannot, in good faith, deprive you of a necessary outlet to be heard, especially when your community is trying to silence you. Therefore, in the interest of free speech and a true democracy of ideas, I’ve decided to bring back boredatvassar.net. I simply cannot turn a blind eye to a community that cannot speak their mind. This is exactly the purpose and solution of the Boredat project."

Mads is all for freedom of speech (i.e. this blog). But as we have said before, there is a difference between free speech and hate speech.

Let's please not abuse it this time.


UPDATE Saturday morning: The page is down again. A message reads:

"Threats to sue from your administration has once again forced me to shut down boredatvassar. This is the first time I have ever been forced to shut down a site in the project’s two-year history.

I sincerely apologize for my inability to provide you with a medium for free speech at this time. I encourage you to show your support and leave your comments as I attempt to work with the administration to find some common grounds."

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wait, what? Everyone I've talked to over the past two days has been thrilled that BoredatVassar was gone. And now it's back? It's not even cleaned up—the same posts are still there.

Anonymous said...

dirt...

Anonymous said...

man as soon as i heard i went to update myself on some gossip and it's again down...

zack miller '10 said...

Copied from the boredat page:

"A fear of progress all around the table

Dear Vassar community,

Sheer hatred for the Boredat project and threats to sue from your administration has once again forced me to shut down boredatvassar. This is the first time I have ever been forced to shut down a site in the project’s two-year history.

I sincerely apologize for my inability to provide you with a medium for free speech at this time. I encourage you to show your support and leave your comments as I attempt to work with the administration to find some common grounds.

All the best,

JP"

Anonymous said...

But it's up now...

Anonymous said...

no its gone again

Mina said...

i agree with mads. "free speech" does not mean "say whatever you want about people in a public forum not matter the veracity of your statement."

cappy made a good point at convocation: if there was a better way for boredat to be monitored by the vassar students who use to make sure it's not getting abused, i'd be all for it. but it seems like that hasn't been happening.

Anonymous said...

There is still a problem! whenever I google my name, some former boredat. post link appears in google. So even though the link is redirected to the page that says the gossip server has been taken down, somewhere in cyberspace there still exists this one webpage that turns up on the first page of a search engine when you type in my name. This is really problematic for me and I'm sure others who have been the subject of vicious and probably untrue claims. Potential employers don't need to think that I'm a) a "cunt" b) airhead c) lesbian. (All of these words appear in the google search engine no less--even though the page has been redirected.)

What should we all do, this is horrible.

Anonymous said...

Clearly those are empty threats from the administration. Boredat has no legal liability for what is said on the site.

Anonymous said...

@10:16

Me too!!!! If I type my name in google, there is a dead link to a post about my breasts. I am absolutely livid because although I could have flagged it if boredat.net was still functioning, now I have no way of doing anything about the post and it is still there.