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Content note: This week, the notorious sexist, transphobic harassment machine Zak Sabbath got another transgender games writer to drop off the face of the internet and/or social media. This is the third transgender (or otherwise non-cis) victim of his that I know of, who has committed infosuicide or otherwise severely curtailed their online activity because of him.

Frustrated with the tabletop games industry -- especially the regressive, authoritarian part of it called the OSR, or "Old School Renaissance / Revolution," but also people like Mark Diaz Truman who have helped to create a false equivalence in people's minds between abusers and their victims -- I had a public meltdown about it on Google+. This post reproduces that meltdown in its entirety.

For more information on the GamerGate of the tabletop games scene, Zak S, see Ettin's compilation thread and this compilation thread on Google+. Keep in mind that most of the TG scene is okay with this, or is cheering him on, and that Zak S was credited in the latest edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook.

Vent posting follows )

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In the comments on my entry about not being safe for minority identities, founder Evan Prodromou reported that there is a feature for deleting your account, on the profile settings page and at

In a quick follow-up, he said that the first bug I reported (where you continue to get email notifications of @mentions from people you block) has been fixed, and that the bugfix has been deployed on all and servers.

There's no word yet on when the second bug, where you can't block someone sending you messages from a remote server, will be fixed. This bug is critical to the safety of people facing harassment for any reason, as's federated design allows anyone to roll their own server and continue harassing a person with no way to block them.

A determined stalker or troll will only be temporarily deterred by even legal action, as numerous cases have shown. But most are not willing to expend that much effort to ruin somebody's life, and blocking mechanisms are essential for people who face the possibility of identity- or relationship-based harassment. I hope that and all other federated social networks will take this into account in design; Dreamwidth already does, although I had trouble blocking an OpenID account with an unusual syntax once and I may have to ask for help about that.

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