9841Re: [WWWEDU] Any thoughts on how I should respond to Wired?
- Aug 29, 2007Send them a cease and desist.
Andy Carvin wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm in a bit of a quandary. Late last week, there was
> a flurry of activity on the social network site I set
> up, Stop Cyberbullying
> <http://stopcyberbullying.ning.com>), which I created
> to give teachers a place to share best practices on
> bullying education. In a matter of hours we were
> flooded with a number of new users who were
> vandalizing the community in extremely obnoxious ways.
> The reason for the vandalism? Well, it turns out the
> latest issue of Wired Magazine decided to name the
> Stop Cyberbullying community as "one of the six lamest
> social networks" on the Internet.
> Here's what they had to say about us:
> Stop Cyberbullying (stopcyberbullying.ning.com)
> What it is: A safe place for frank discussions on the
> topic of Internet bullying
> Who you'll meet: Pussies
> What's annoying: Dare to call them pussies, and
> they'll gang up on you mercilessly.
> Now I know this was intended as a joke, but the
> consequences have been very serious. We had no choice
> but to lock down the community, making it private and
> invite-only, and work with the site host, ning.com, to
> expel all the vandals. So needless to say, I'm pretty
> annoyed, but I don't want to make the situation worse.
> My gut is telling me to call them out and write an
> open letter to Wired on my blog, telling them that
> they're a part of the problem - eg, "Wired mocks
> educators for combating cyberbullying" - but I fear
> that doing so will lead to more vandals and bullies
> attacking the site, and Wired basically saying "we
> told you so."
> Any thoughts on what should I do?
> Andy Carvin
> andycarvin at yahoo com
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