Note- This post is in the interests of transparency to outline the deceit and manipulation that was going on during /f/meta decisions. I don't believe ziq had intent of being a dictator. He was doing his best to build raddle and provoke participation in /f/meta with limited users/participation. But in the process of doing so, it resulted in abuse of power and manipulation where he would get his way. I don't want to undermine the hard work he put into raddle and I hope he remains as an active (single) user here.
I'm sure by now everyone has read ziq's apology. He apologizes for the toxic drama he perpetuated and stirred up, and the people he wronged. This is perhaps forgivable for those of us who weren't harassed or hurt by one of ziq's many alts. Others may understandably be more hesitant or unforgiving.
However, through discussions on that thread it has become disturbingly clear that /f/meta has essentially been manipulated and controlled single-handedly by ziq. Using the influence and power of multiple accounts, ziq manufactured consent and democracy, making it seem as though he was following the will of community. In reality, he was ruling the community with an iron fist. This is not only unacceptable and horribly abusive, but completely antithetical to what this site was supposed to be about.
Currently I am upset and not sure how I am supposed to restore faith that this site will be run properly, with anarchism and socialism as guiding principles, when I find this situation unbelievable and have no trust in what was going on here.
Here's what I think needs to happen:
Currently ziq still owns the server/domain, so we will need to see those transferred (preferably to emma or tequila)Ziq apparently offered the domain to the others and they declined..sorry for this misunderstanding.
We need to re-vote on every policy and proposal that has been "democratically" passed or rejected. We have no idea how far this "raddle hole" goes e.g. this thread where ziq single handedly (with his alts) removed powers of users he had personal disagreements with.
We need to vote on whether admins should be regularly rotated or put to vote to diffuse power
Working toward removing all admins and mods, using our tech projects like /f/konsent and working together to make this happen
Overall I'm really sorry for everyone. This is the worst especially for those of us who love this place and were deceived that this was all in the open. I know many may be tempted to leave, but I really believe emma's work, tequila, the many tech projects we have going on here make it worth sticking together and figuring something out.
Edits - correction to my first point. I'm not sure about a hosting alternative currently.
Also removed some of my emotional hyperbole and the admin flair from this post because I should have consulted T_W prior. I also added a note to start to clarify the intent of this post. I don't want this to be misperceived as a personal attack when I meant it as a call to restore trust and integrity in how we make decisions.
A thread to address point #2 https://raddle.me/f/meta/28531/use-this-thread-to-post-meta-decisions-and-policies-that