I don't know if anyone is still reading this journal but I thought I'd say something about this whole msscribe thing here because my LJ flist isn't really the place for this rant.
I understand that because of what charlottelennox
uncovered and posted, people are going after the people who defended msscribe back in the day.
To quote the lovely Claudia Jean Craig, "Wow, are you
The whole method to msscribe's madness was to give people a believable enemy. She used "nutty Christians" and people from a website who were already not on good terms with her target--Cassie Claire's inner circle. Should ari_o
have looked up the police report? Maybe, but I don't find it strange that she didn't. Trust me on this one, fan run cons do not have professional security; the hotels handle the serious stuff. The con committee side of security is all about telling people not to smoke in the art room and making sure that the cosplayers are decently attired and don't swing dangerous weapons around in a crowd.
Should Heidi have believed the GT admins when they offered her evidence that msscribe was running all those sockpuppets? Ideally, yes. But come on fandom, can any of us sit there and say we'd believe someone from the other side of a fannish feud coming to us to discredit one of our most loyal supporters?
This is why it worked. Really I can't emphasize that enough. This is why it's so fascinating in a fucked up way. She worked the system we all think we know and she worked it perfectly.
I'm not saying that the so called Inner Circle was all with the innocence and sweetness and light. bnfshavemorefun
can vouch for that, as can anyone involved with Charitygate. These people are far too concerned with their status as BNFs, and they're all about the fun of their positions in fandom without giving a damn about setting a good example. If you want to bitch Heidi out for not dealing with charitygate well, knock yourself out. If you want to mock ari_o
for showing up in every wank involving Heidi and defending her like a pit bull, be my guest.
But early on in all this, when they protected their own in what looked like your garden variety wanky fannish argument? They were acting the way fans in that same situation have done as long as there have been kerfluffles.
Be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you, at that time, with what they knew, and who the accusations were coming from
would have done differently.