The Universal Dilettante (roadriverrail) wrote in lj2600,
The Universal Dilettante

Why to take "hacking help requests" seriously.

Many people on this community already know why it's such a Bad Idea to discuss the use of general computer cleverness in committing even the most minor crime here. I am not a mod, but I am a concerned member, and I didn't see any mention of this on the userinfo page for this community, so I just wanted to post this general statement.

If you go visit the LJ TOS, you'll find the following clause:

You understand that all Content, including without limitation, all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, or other materials, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. LiveJournal does not control Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the validity of such Content. You also understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable. Should Content be found or reported to be in violation with, but not limited to, the following terms, it will be LiveJournal's sole discretion as to what action should be taken.

You agree to NOT use the Service to: [...] Promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any governmental entity, group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, but is not limited to, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades, and other weapons or incendiary devices

This is important to keep in mind because LJ has a clear history of mass-banning the moment a few jerks start making a stink about the content on LJ. In fact, they've also taken a shine to banning searches on certain terms. Granted, hackers haven't been bogeymen in a while now, but it still takes only one or two people with an axe to grind and this community could be lost.

Magazines like 2600 and the cultural groups that support and promote them have, time and again, deflected the majority of legal damage through a very simple set of rules-- meet in the open, show people that we're curious about machines simply for its own sake, and be the Good Guys. This isn't just a cynical marketing plan, either. There's nothing two-faced about it.

Thus, it's in the best interests of this community to be careful about what you ask. I don't ask a lot of questions on here because...well, frankly, I don't have the time to do all that much these days. That doesn't mean, however, that this community isn't a valuable asset and worth protecting.

If you value this community and the broader 2600 culture, please remember the way we keep ourselves safe and uphold it. LJ is a service that teeters on the brink of being a walled garden suitable only for those that meet its Disney-like fantasy image of blogging. If our little island in it is to remain, we have to keep it clean.

Again, I'm not a mod, so I'm happy to delete this if it has no place here. I've said my piece.
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