You know what would be cool? If we wouldn't create cults of personality on this site. (Off my chest)
Sometimes i wish that usernames on Raddle would be just randomized hashes on every comment so we wouldn't know who writes what. Cause now there's like 2 people carrying the conversation because they're on the site a lot, commenting on everything and kinda gathering a following. And that's great that they are contributing a lot of good content to a site that is still pretty small. They're cool and nothing against them but i just hope when the site grows it doesn't turn into their echo chamber.
Now i saw a new person coming from Reddit and he is a real piece of work. The Ben Shapiro of Zen - /u/ewk on /f/zen. Some people think he's super clever because he talks a lot. Right now 12 out of 15 threads here are started by him.
He's a guy that's been sitting 24/7 talking complete nonsense and gaslighting people about how his lineage of Zen is real and the other are fake for 9(?) years on /r/zen. Eventually people created a fork subreddit to discuss actual Zen things. https://reddit.com/u/Ewk - he's got a pretty big following just because he's posting a lot of edgy nonsense, while having very little actual knowledge of the topic.
He's got some good points there about sexual harassment by teachers but I think we realize that this is a function of organized religion (because cults of personality maybe?). We can make the same point that nobody should be Catholic because priests abuse kids. It's a little more complex than that, isn't it? And I'm saying this as an atheist.
In real life someone would just told him to shut up and that would be it. And he won't be doing anything bannable. So my question is - how do you organize an Internet community so that it doesn't turn into a cult of personality? I don't have the time to dispute things all day because I have to work.
Correct me if I'm wrong, maybe I'm not seeing things right. Also, I don't think following someone is inherently unanarchistic(hierarchical?), but it might lead to unhealthy things.
Have a good day.
I apologize if I offended the community, and I'm sorry I won't reply to all the comments.
I'm not good with expressing myself often and English is not my first language. I agree I went to far with the "cult of personality" thing.
Let's say I was projecting the future in my mind, because I saw this too often in many anarchist places - /r/anarchism (I assume most of us came to Raddle from there), the old Ratchat when it had hundreds of active users, a Peter Gelderloos lecture I attended recently, or a meeting of my local Antifa chapter which is dominated by a big white guy, even though half of the people there are women.
I note that there was already a zen forum called Zenarchy on here, but the users were/are not specifically Zen, so it's okay.
I personally have not been certain if ewk was attempting some sort of test. Discussing orthodoxy about a way of understanding which is specifically opposed to orthodoxy.
They ask questions about the koans as though they missed the point that the koan was making, I'm not sure if that was the point or if they really don't understand.
They also have a weird bias to the word meditation - which presumes a very specific understanding of Zen, which is weird from the standpoint of someone just learning about Zen... But then again my viewpoint is that of a fool.
If you notice ewk gets downvoters a lot. People here do not like their attempts at being an "expert". I'm enjoying Zen so far, I started looking into Zen to prove them wrong... And now I don't care to, because of Zen.
They have a point about entryism, but they seem to place doctrine purity above actually understanding the point of the texts.
The main problem seems to be with Japanese Zen... So I ask why not use the Chinese name Chan instead?
To actually addressing the main point.
Raddle is relatively small, and anti-ideology so I don't feel anyone really builds a cult of personality. Those that have, have been "banned" for abusing it. There are some dominant people but they're not the most loved, just those with the most time.
Many people (myself included) read every forum, so having person specific forums is okay. Those forums are like blogs, open for people to engage. I think of them as more like tags to define the topic.
Actually... I'm not sure how to engage with Zen, because once you understand, there's nothing to talk about, except for nothing, am I supposed to talk about nothing?
This forum is /f/meta, but not /f/meta_ or /f/facebook_. This question is probably more of a /f/lobby or /f/askraddle.