‘Kickstarter’s Apology’

[Jonathan Poritsky,][1] responding to [my Kickstarter post][2], quotes this section from the Kickstarter [apology][3]: > …we are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works. These things do not belong on Kickstarter. Poritsky follows up with: > This is not…

[Jonathan Poritsky,][1] responding to [my Kickstarter post][2], quotes this section from the Kickstarter [apology][3]:

> …we are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior and is inconsistent with our mission of funding creative works. These things do not belong on Kickstarter.

Poritsky follows up with:

> This is not the stuff of a non-apology. This is actual change; a real preventative measure.

This “change” that Kickstarter promises feels like the exact kind of “change” we would see the TSA make. “Oh crap someone used water bottles to smuggle in explosives, OK guys no more water bottles unless you paid $10 for them or they are under 3oz.”

Its “change” is reactionary and punitive to others. It doesn’t change the real problem, which is that Kickstarter had/has no mechanism for pausing a project, so that a proper investigation may be done. A blanket rule against “seduction guides” doesn’t stop or solve the problem. It’s an overreaction.

[1]: http://www.candlerblog.com/2013/06/22/kickstarters-apology/
[2]: http://brooksreview.net/2013/06/good-for-nothing-chickenshits/
[3]: http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/we-were-wrong

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