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.