St. Louis was the gateway to the American frontier. A place where folks east of the Mississippi River would trek west of the Mississippi River in search of new forturne like gold in California, silver in Nevada, diamonds in Arkansas, and the peace of the Pacific Ocean.
Once the fourth most populuous city in the United States, St. Louis and the surrounding area now finds itself in crisis and rebirth.
The crises are obvious: Racism, unemployment, crime, corruption, a broken transit system, and failing school districts. Many of these problems are compounded by folks with their own agenda who stir the pot in the direction that makes chaos work in their interest. And those who speak up about those problems find themselves ostracized, ridiculed, and shadowbanned like some Chinese dissident in Beijing speaking out about their government.
It is the intent that here on Whoaverse.com to start over where Reddit has failed.
Where Reddit's /r/ferguson is a forum of hate and racism, /v/ferguson will be a place of peace and unity.
Where the folks at /r/StLouis had no though of establishing a base for St. Louis's reemerging Technology scene, /v/StLouisTech will pick up where /r/StLouisTech never got the chance to fly.
Where /r/StLouisMapData was created after /r/StLouisMaps was poached from inception, /v/StLouisMaps will create a place to share information about the St. Louis Area including Maps, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and Statistics.
Of course those are a few ideas I have in the near future. (Time filters kinda prevent me from making a whole bunch of forums right now.)
Where so much as adding a teaspoon of subjectivity into links or discussion posts was grounds for a forum ban, /v/StLouis is far more relaxed. Just don't go overboard.
Eventually, this forum will branch out into other forums.
I'd like to create /v/StLouisHistory as a place where historical and genealogical information can gathered about this area. There is a lot of sordid history about this area as modern history has shown with what has happened this year in North St. Louis County. There are a lot of people who feel that the Civil Rights Movement has been set back 50 years. And they are right to some extent. However, the more we learn about how we got here, the more we can resolve our differences and find a way to create a peace so that 50 years from now, we don't have to worry about race riots or bigotry.
Heck, the day I lost myself on Reddit when I told that story about how I experienced racism and was jeered for it because I am white and "white people don't experience racism because they have the advantage of white privilege". The truth is white privilege is not guaranteed, which makes it mythical. Sure, white people may have been given the advantage of better livelihoods because of the color of their skin, but if you're white and woman or disabled or non-neurotypical or LGBT, you know very well how your status of being a white person doesn't mean squat. Which is really frustrating, especially if you need to call upon social services through the state to help you function as well as your undisabled, neurotypical, straight white male.
Ask anyone who is successful person who isn't a undisabled, neurotypical, straight white male what they had to do to break the barriers of race, gender, etc. and they will likely tell you they had to work twice as hard as any undisabled, neurotypical, straight white male. Even more so if they aren't white.
The difference between /v/StLouis and /r/StLouis is we'd like you to succeed especially when they system is designed explicitly so that anyone who happens to be female, disabled, non-neurotypical, LGBT, non-Christian (or to be more specific not a follower of specific type of Judeo-Christian religion), or non-white fails easily. That's the crap that needs to stop. However, there will still be people threatened by the idea of someone who does not fit the mold being in charge or having any responsible power. I've experienced that before. Not online but in real life.
So what's the plan for establishing this subverse as opposed to any subreddit? Equality.
Where /r/StLouis had this vibe that only the few had access to events and opportunities, everyone will have their say. Unless they abuse it of course. The only way for it to be abused is if those views weren't respected or if they were put down. You don't have to like something to respected it. And nobody every climbed higher by pushing other people downward.
Here, the only way you can go down is if you try to take down other people. It is what will bring Reddit down and why the moderators at /r/StLouis were such jerks at times.
Here we start over. Here we begin anew, and establish an online St. Louis Community open to all, inclusive, and strong.
Let's build a better St. Louis.