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if (canada) { leave; } [Oct. 27th, 2000|11:55 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Because that Canadian article made mention of my personal website URL (and I'd rather they didn't), I've now instructed my webserver to redirect all Canadian traffic to bradfitz.com to go to netnanny.com instead.... perhaps they'll buy some Internet filtering software so parents that are too busy to teach their kids manners, politeness, and tolerance can now block what their kids do on the net, instead of blaming the problem on the medium used. I was going to redirect them to aboot.com, but figured that was a little distasteful and unproductive.

[User Picture]From: dweezil
2000-10-27 12:05 pm (UTC)
It's too bad you didn't redirect them to a Terrance and Phillip web site.

goddamn canadians.
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From: alexl
2000-10-27 12:39 pm (UTC)
I can get to your site...tsk tsk
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From: ex_eugene
2000-10-27 01:07 pm (UTC)

Silver lining

What they wrote is definetly very stupid and Freevote shouldn't be blamed for all of this, but there might be some silver lining.

I am sure that you traffic has really increased after this article. And look at Napster. There was a lot of crap written about it, but what was the end result ? Napster is still alive and kicking, and after all that publicity it is now of the largest music sites on the web!

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From: zachstroum
2000-10-27 02:01 pm (UTC)
What a load of crap. Part of having an open forum is accepting the fact that certain people are going to want to abuse it. This doesn't mean freevote.com is bad, or that you "like" having idiots making rude or offensive booths. Part of why people like freevote.com is that there isn't a Hitler-style filtering of content- it's up the user to decide what is right and wrong. If you take that right away, it ruins the whole purpose of the site.
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[User Picture]From: janux
2000-10-27 05:52 pm (UTC)

Backwards Things

You know, parents have been backwards in the US, I never knew they were backwards in Canada. In the US, some parents look to the government to govern everything to keep their children away from bad media(Joseph Lieberman is in an anti-WWF group that is so angry and upset over the sexual content and violence). I had always figured we had a monopoly on this type of thing: We're the most fickle people in history.
The thing that's good about this: The exposure. Ban the children from Canada who keep being idiotic, and then just let the publicity soar.
Besides, if you do something about it, the dipsh- err, I'll be politically correct, the "UnEqual In Parenting Skills to a dead dog" parents won't have to worry.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2000-10-27 06:14 pm (UTC)
BTW... how did you tell if people are from Canada? Just make a list of the 10 or so ISPs that you saw, or something sexier?
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[User Picture]From: mattrope
2000-10-27 06:28 pm (UTC)


Hey, maybe if you play this right, you can get FreeVote and/or LiveJournal slashdotted. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: patrick
2000-10-28 01:41 am (UTC)

Re: Idea

the last thing livejournal needs right now is to be slashdotted. we need to wait for new servers for that. freevote, on the other hand, is all for more traffic. hehe.
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[User Picture]From: mattrope
2000-10-28 07:07 am (UTC)

Re: Idea

Yeah, when I originally wrote that, I was just kidding, but now that I think more about it, Freevote is the type of thing that people on Slashdot like to get fired up over. After all, Freevote is essentially an open discussion forum, just like Slashdot...
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[User Picture]From: yizhe
2000-10-27 07:23 pm (UTC)

Canadian's ANGLE?

Maybe their govt. wants their population to turn into Archangles.... and don't want brad to bring in external influences to their homeworld
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[User Picture]From: amberskye72
2000-10-27 07:55 pm (UTC)

Censorship rears its ugly head!!!!

I usually don't let things get me ticked off. However, I get annoyed by *intellectual*(sarcastic) people trying to write what they think is an informative article. I saw this artice as a poorly done, non informative, biased article. So, I went to their site and posted a reply to their article. After doing so they may edit my reply. So read my words here.

In your reporting you say that Freevote.com needs to be more responsible. I strongly disagree with you. I for one think that the parents of these minor children need to be responsible. Why is it that TV, radio, and now the internet needs to be responsible for these children that are spending more time online. It is because these parents are allowing this to happen. They want everyone else to be responsible for their children upbringing. It so easy to say that this or that is responsible for their children acting up. Now onto your reporting. It is very biased. You have no concrete evidence to support your biased view. You have provided no information other than pointing the finger and saying bad you. Yes, you may not like what you see. You as an individual may not agree, but then you as an idividual should not go to this site. If parents do not want their children to view this site then the parents should act like parents and supervise their children. You as a journalist should have a quality artice. What I see is a poor attempt to write an article that lacks in so many things it is quite pitiful. Having taken some journalism calsses (and I say some) in college you sound as if you need to go back to the bascis before you attempt to write something that you can't back up. In other words as if this were a TV channel that you felt children shouldn't watch then you go to that television and you either turn it to a channel that you feel is better to you or you turn it off. I want that choice to watch that show or to visit that site. As, I said the PARENTS should parent their children instead of expecting everyone else to.
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