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[–] MinorLeakage 5 points 50 points (+55|-5) ago 

I feel like no matter what I say I'm going to get downvoated, but here it goes.

/u/TheodoreKent doesn't provide all the evidence, but it was really obvious /u/MightyYetGentle was being brigaded (which isn't even a word). Someone or some group targeted his account and destroyed his +2500 CCP in a single night about a week ago. He even made multiple posts asking for help. I thought the guy was an intolerable asshole, but that shouldn't be part of the question. If he got organically downvoated by his peers that's one thing, but how is it possible that everyone just suddenly decided one night he needed every single comment downvoated into oblivion? He was always a complete ass. For at least 6 months, maybe longer. It didn't just suddenly happen, but the downvoating did.

No one should be happy about this. You can be happy he left, but don't be all right with how it happened. It's just one step closer to the same thing happening to you - happening to any of us. I really don't want to sound too dramatic, but I guess I'll end with the most ridiculous statement possible...

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Yeah that's right, I'm conflating this issue with the equivalent of "everyone who disagrees with me is Hitler". This comment is officially half sarcasm, but I'll let you all sort out which bits are which.


[–] TheodoreKent [S] 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Upvote for putting it far better than I ever could.


[–] MinorLeakage 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Thanks for making the post. When I first saw it last night, you seemed to just be eating tons of downvoats and I was genuinely sad that no one seemed to care. I'm happy that today people have shown up supported you on this.

It's a little depressing to know that even if you helped raise some more awareness, I don't think anything will actually come of it. And, not to disparage our glorious leaders, but I can't help feeling it should be fairly easy for @Atko or @Puttitout to do something about it.

They need to find a way to delegate some of the workload if they're just too busy. We have a lot of people on this site, many of whom would like nothing more than to help keep it functioning properly.


[–] iamjanesleftnipple 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Brigaded is a word:

verb (used with object), brigaded, brigading.

  1. to form into a brigade.

  2. to group together.


[–] MagicalCentaurBeans 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

legit to the max.

"I disagree with what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

Accepting that and acting on it takes maturity.


[–] dirkgently 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

maybe /u/atko or /u/putitout could look into which accounts did this. not asking for them to tell us but maybe look into the situation and if indeed he did get brigaded maybe there is something that can be done. Maybe we need some special badges for people who abuse voat.


[–] Pawn 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

a gold star maybe?