Amanuensis (amanuensis1) wrote,
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So, here's what I posted in response to Mr. Barak Berkowitz's apology post in Livejournal news (it's buried on page 48; you really should check his post out, as it's quite a remarkable apology, for the reasons I state in my comment below):

Mr. Berkowitz-

This is quite striking, in the history of apologies--you've given us personal acknowledgement of the error in handling, without excuses, in bare-faced "we are ashamed" language and not just "we are sorry" (in that way apologists would sometimes have, where sorry doesn't mean to say much other than "sorry it bothered you") terms, but more than that, you've stated your plans to correct your error (beginning as soon as you mention that journals have been suspended but not deleted). That, no question, is what I find so striking that it tempers my displeasure immediately--your intention not only to make amends but to correct and restore things. Wow. Yes. Thank you. Thank you very much.

I recognize that your ultimate decisions in reinstating journals will not satisfy everyone, but I remain optimistic, particularly when it comes to the communities devoted to fictional literary contribution of adult fiction/art for adults--from my icon, you can see that pornish_pixies is the one most strongly of my concern. But I'm hopeful your judgment will jibe with mine and with the other several thousand members of that community, who never advocated nor condoned illegal activities such as those that your recent actions were trying to avert, and in fact spoke against those very issues frequently and vehemently. I (and those others) applaud your good intentions, as many of us are activists against those same illegal activities--some are even survivors of them, and have been glad of a place where those issues can be discussed within the elements of fictional analysis. I hope I've stated this position well enough for it to stand without a need for further discussion (though, as you can imagine, I and others are ready to provide it).

Again, thank you. I await your reparations with much hope.
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