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Dear moderator of that icon community. Yes, that one.
Here's a concept: if what's being posted isn't fitting your original definition of 'sexy' then for god's sake, tell people why. Should icons only be of humans or sexually-suggestive fruit? Only contain nudity? Not contain anything that blinks? No cartoons? Is hot pink offensive to thine eye?

The cycle of this particular livejournal community as long as I've watched it has been "People post icons. About once a year the current mods don't feel the icons are sexy/sensual enough, though they never define what exactly is the criteria for that, and feel the need to inform the membership of that fact and how sad it makes them. Deletion is discussed, but unsurprisingly, a reasonable proportion of the 700+ members are perfectly happy with the status quo and would rather the community not be deleted. Moderatorship changes hands. Days pass. Lather, rinse, repeat."

If the definition for 'sexy' is the same as the definition for porn (I can't define it but I know it when I see it) that's fine, but then all the endless moderator sighing basically boils down to "This stuff you people are posting isn't pleasing my aesthetic sensibilities though I can't or won't articulate why, and because I'm the mod, I feel free to whine and bitch about it whereas anybody else who did would get slapped for being rude."

entrenous88

2005-11-10 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Heee. The whole once-a-year debate sounds decidedly unsexy.

And now I present for your icon viewing pleasure, sexy fruit!

mpoetess

2005-11-10 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Pomegranite! Sexy and totally annoying to eat, given the ratio of work vs. actual edible bits.

chicken_cem

2005-11-10 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Is it churlish to point out that they have an HTML tagging error on their info. page? Tsk, tsk. *snerk*

mpoetess

2005-11-10 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Churlish would be posting this post as a comment in the community, which I came scarily close to doing. "It was composed in a comment box" close. Then sanity / semi-politeness reared its ugly head.

janedavitt

2005-11-10 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Okay, which icon comm exactly, because it drives me insane with curiosity when I can't sneak over and stare wide-eyed at the insanity and I can't track it down ::g:;

wesleysgirl

2005-11-10 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Me too! I must know where this is happening so that I can read and scoff marvel at the wonder of it!

mpoetess

2005-11-10 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Eh, having felt guilty enough to check my sources by poking back through the entire history of the comm, it's not super-wanky; I remembered more complaining than there was. Original owner lost interest/time to mod, it was handed over to a prolific poster/friend, who really did make a very good mod. She eventually recruited a co-mod. Here and there posts happened about sticking to 'sexy' icons (which is probably what's sticking in my head, though the posts themselves were more discussioney than complainey), and there actually was a poll posted about what constitutes sexy -- though I'm not sure what if anything was done with the results.

It's only the most recent changeover, where the two co-mods have given it back to the original creator, that feels irky. They were tired of the nonsexiness and (also) not feeling like modding anymore, so they pimped for a replacement mod, but serious offers only, we might not accept, and if we don't find a mod we like, the comm will be deleted. Then original owner accepts it back, comes in with a few rules changes, another comment abot the declining quality of posts, and some snarkiness in the comments to people who had issues with the rules changes, then later makes this post, which comes off to me like "Yo, y'all suck and that's sad, but there's lots of you, and as a tribute to what I meant this community to be, it's not going to be deleted. Now here's some actually sexy images; have a contest."

I don't think she means to come off that way, even; it's just irksome because it's rude (whether intentional or not), which is something the rules actually say posts can be deleted or users banned for.

And of course I say this as somebody who hasn't posted any icons there since 2003, so it's just armchair-annoyance.

winterlive

2005-11-10 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

armchair-annoyance

IT NEEDS A SPIKE ICON SO BAD.

mpoetess

2005-11-10 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)


winterlive

2005-11-10 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

To paraphrase the mighty dovil: some people find equine douche commercials sexy. Live and let mock live!

That moderator = dork.

mpoetess

2005-11-10 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, to her credit, she's not deleting the community or bitching about it frequently. Or pointing to specific posts that she thinks are unsexy. Just sort of sighing in general that it's all gone downhill.

winterlive

2005-11-10 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

HA HA HA HA HA

Emo: At Least It's Not Rude.

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mpoetess

2005-11-10 03:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're all dorks.


Luckily, dorks are sexy.

So is salad!

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