Here is my rant on the ongoing admin/journal situation. If sympathy to victims enrages you, consider yourself advised not to read this journal. My apologies for any incomplete thoughts.
My feelings on the "no-call-outs" policy are that it just so happens to do nothing to protect rape victims and everything to protect their attackers. However, due to the litigious nature of modern humans, I understand the need to contain ones own liability for defamation and such. Such a policy probably needs to exist, but there are huge implications that come from this as I mentioned above. In addition, Weasyl's admins did not handle the situation correctly, because they admit after the fact that they didn't wait until they KNEW whether they were truly legally liable for the "callout" content BEFORE they notified the user to alter their journal. Bad move showing poor planning and understanding of their own position. They should have been prepared for that contingency. They had a whole year of influxing/outfluxing site users to consider this scenario, and I totally think they botched it. I think they did not do the best they could have done, they left themselves open for this. Still, I want to stick around and see how they learn from this, if they do.
However, when considering my own feelings, it's still impossible for me not to mention how their decision-making is a reflection of society's broader tendency to protect rapists from harm at the expense of past and future victims. This situation is fundamentally not different than any coverup/victim-silencing done by the church, corporations, or government, to the benefit of the rapist(s) in their midst. We have a societal problem that can only be solved by individuals questioning these ideas for themselves. Seems like many people are not capable of or willing to understand rape as a real problem.
To me, that is the really troubling knee-jerk reaction. It is how so many people, in times like this, will immediately suggest that any given attack is "alleged." We have no way of knowing either way. Therefore, it is in extremely bad taste to advise a rape victim on what they should have done differently at the time of their assault (such as "should've gone to the police") as an alternative to writing the journal.
What those people are doing is victim blaming and it has no place in a good-faith community discussion about site policy. Yet I'm finding many comments that go in this direction, as if it is the absolute first thing on their minds. This conversation about site policy gets derailed immediately by a bunch of ill-informed people with abuse-tolerant viewpoints making hypothetical excuses for someone not to be called out for abuse, solely on the idea that "i mean, what if the girl is lying about it you know girls." I am not sorry about to admit how I hate that, how much I feel that encapsulates so much about what is wrong with society.
At the end of the day, that was the reason I left FA, and it likely will be the reason I leave other sites in the future. The community is responsible for regulating its own behaviors, the admins cannot do anything about most of this stuff. And it's amazing to me how many people can bring themselves to criticize a rape victim for politeness and civility and yet can not bring themselves to criticize a rapist for raping, even when it can be proven. The collective urge to look the other way and spin it in another light is so automatic and I fear this infects all of human society.
And I want to pre-empt anyone who wants to trudge out the old "lol furry drama" routine: please take it elsewhere. That is a surrogate for Paying Attention. You're not helping the discussion and your commentary to that end is not welcome to comment in my journal.