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Comment by Lorien on February 27, 2010 at 2:56pm
Unfortunately, I still idolize him. He is our face to the public. His next actions will be very important to a lot of people. But I still think it is those 2 IT people who have done us wrong.
Comment by lol mahmood on February 27, 2010 at 2:49pm
I got the order of events a bit wrong in my previous post; the over-the-top comments were posted after the more restrained critical thread on RD.net had been removed and a number of admins' accounts and histories entirely deleted.
Comment by lol mahmood on February 27, 2010 at 2:28pm
If Pete Harrison's blog (as below) is true, then the RD.net site managers (Josh Timmonen and Andrew Chalkley) acted disgracefully. They planned substantial changes in deliberate secrecy and sent Mods an insulting 'Dear John'. The RD.net Mods reacted to the treatment they received, started a critical (but relatively calm) thread, which was then deleted wholesale by RD.net staff. Some over-the-top comments were posted on another blog. Whoever posted said comments did no harm to anyone, and threatened no harm to anyone. The comments in question are quite obviously fatuous internet hyperbole.

The RD.net site management reacted by deleting accounts, including entire posting histories, of several key Mods, closing the forums to further comments, and apparently, setting the forums to rick-roll anyone who tried to back them up. Richard Dawkins then posted a message supporting some of the actions of his staff and attacking the ex-Mods, using, out of context, some choice quotes from other forums. Richard Dawkins, apparently, quote-mined his own Mods!

The Mods threatened no harm to anyone (or anyone's data), did no harm to anyone (or anyone's data) and had invested hundreds of hours in contributing to the success of RD.net.

You can argue that RD owns RD.net and the forums and can do what he likes, and you wouldn't be wrong. He has the right to do whatever he wants, but not the right to do it without criticism, especially if he appears to either have been duped by his own staff or have decided to support them in the face of legitimate criticism of their actions.

I know that the substance of Pete Harrison's account has been sent to RD, and he appears to have either discounted or ignored it so far.

I repeat; if Pete Harrison's blog is accurate, Richard Dawkins and RD.net have collectively behaved disgracefully towards the Mods and Forum members, and I no longer have any interest in reading or contributing to their site.

I, for one, have also lost a lot of respect for RD personally.
Comment by Lorien on February 27, 2010 at 2:23pm
I personally think RD has been duped. He must be thinking very carefully on what action to do next. "Trust No One" comes to mind.
Comment by Nathan Hevenstone on February 27, 2010 at 1:58pm
Not yet... we're waiting... and hoping... his appearance at the Australian Convention will be interesting... I'm hoping it's caught on tape and uploaded to YouTube.
Comment by Lorien on February 27, 2010 at 1:39pm
Has anyone heard from RD since his outrage message?
Comment by Gary Wallington on February 27, 2010 at 6:10am
For those who don't know about TED Talks, this is interesting.

http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html

Google "ted talks dawkins" and you will find a few more of his talks.
Comment by Nathan Hevenstone on February 26, 2010 at 9:39pm
I am extremely depressed that this man who Dawkins dedicated a book to is lying to him!
http://realityismyreligion.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/update-on-dawki...

I am utterly disgusted. Somehow Dawkins needs to be alerted to what is really going on and fire Josh's and Andrew's asses.
Comment by Lorien on February 26, 2010 at 7:17pm
Give me my admin rights back to my gawd damn computer!
Comment by Scott Dexter on February 26, 2010 at 6:45pm
"IT people are always hungry for power."

I dearly love broad statements like that.
 

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