Positive Discrimination?

cgon621lJust before going to bed (so not the best time) and on Twitter (not the best venue) I got into a discussion with a friend about positive discrimination, specifically in games. I tried to explain why a 50/50 hiring policy wouldn’t be representative of the state of play and wouldn’t be good for business. Twitter made that a bit ham-fisted though and it was apparently received that I was somehow in favour of discrimination.

This, then, is my attempt to expand on the point and as to why positive discrimination is a bad idea and that the problem lies elsewhere. At the end I’ll try to suggest some solutions.

None of the below example is meant to be realistic, just a mental exercise to illustrate the problem.

For the sake of argument, say that business boss, Mr Gamey McGamerson has a fat wad of venture capital and is looking to start up a new computer games company. He wants to hire the best he can and he needs 50 employees for his business. He has an available hiring pool of local talent of 100.

Talent, regardless of gender, for sake of argument, breaks down as:

10% genius, 20% good, 40% average, 20% sub par and 10% shitty. There’s also an unwashed mass of any number of zero talent people of both genders.

We rate these from 5 (genius) to 0 (unwashed mass) which means out of McGamerson’s hiring requirements, he can score a maximum of 250 talent, if he hired all geniuses.

Women in STEM fields runs at about 20% – depending which study you look at, but it’s a nice round number to use. It varies within STEM, since more women take biology for example, but for sake of argument let’s call it 20% (in comp sci it’s specifically less, 17% IIRC but you can look it up).

So, our potential hiring pool contains 80 men and 20 women, from which we can choose.

So, what would be the result of different hiring policies?

Meritocratic Hiring Policy Based on Talent

Workforce: 80% male, 20% female (proportionate to talent pool)
Talent Score: 190/250 (76%)

Gender Discriminatory Hiring Policy (Boys Club)

Workforce: 100% male (skewed in favour of men)
Talent Score: 182/250 (72.8%)

Gender Discriminatory Hiring Policy (Positive Female Discrimination)

Workforce: 50% male, 50% female (over double the actual proportions)
Talent Score: 140/250 (56%)

Obviously, the best option is to hire based on merit, since that garners the highest score, but in this environment, even though women are just as (proportionately) talented as men you’re still better off – as a business – having a sexist hiring policy than you are by engaging in positive discrimination. You lose a little by being a sexist prick, but you lose a lot by engaging in a gender-biased hiring policy.

Quotas are never going to work out and are always going to cause problems. Talent – and interest – in the necessary fields is unevenly distributed by gender, geography and many other factors but all else being equal, if the system was truly meritocratic and non-sexist, we would expect to see an 80/20 male favouring split in game development based purely on talent alone.

In fact, women make up 22%.

If you want a 50/50 split you’re essentially asking businesses to cripple themselves by using worse talent, and there simply aren’t enough women graduates in STEM fields to allow all the businesses to half-fill with women anyway. So this is an impossible proposition at the best of times.

If you want to see equally distributed results you have a lot of problems to tackle and you’re starting from the wrong end.

If you want more women in STEM in general, and computer game development in particular, you need to start from the education end, the meat that gets fed into the grinder. You need to encourage women to take these courses and gain these qualifications.

That has its own set of problems. We need more people in general to take up STEM fields and despite a lot of money and effort being spent to get girls into these fields, there hasn’t been much of a result (nor has a comparable effort been made to get men into female dominated fields, but that’s another issue). Indeed the evidence from places like Norway is that the more equal a society is, the more choice in career and education, the more people tend to gravitate towards their traditional gender roles.

In my opinion the best we can hope for is proportionate success based on equal opportunity. If people make choices we don’t personally like, we’ll have to cope with that.

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The other day I watched a secular Muslim be outed and live-tweet what what happened next.

Life was ‘over’ she said.

Life wasn’t worth living.

Her family was ‘informed’ by someone who found out who she was.

Her mother in tears, playing ‘the call to prayer’ through her iPad as loud as it would go, over and over.

When you leave Islam, even in a western country, you take your life, the love of your family and the support of your community in your hands.

Before her account was deleted, the bio was changed to ‘I love Allah and his prophet Muhammed (PBUH)’.

I hope she’s OK, and if not, at least there’s these guys to help her.

Babysitting Tumblr

1975178_10153876833760545_301699648_nJust how bad could Tumblr ‘social justice’ be? That’s the question I asked myself after encountering many of the sort of ghastly people who have Tumblrs on Twitter during recent fusses. So, with that question in mind I stabbed myself in the eyes and nailed my scrotum to the wall made a Tumblr and a list of ghastly ‘social justice’ extremists on Twitter to give me a heads up what to look for.

Yes, it’s as bad as you think.

On the face of it, you might think that I would be a good fit for this crowd, given that I believe in the concept of social justice in that I believe in equality and fair treatment, am on the liberal left of the political spectrum, am for LGBTQWTFBBQLMAO rights, the professed goals of feminism in theory (but not in practice), etc, etc, etc.

As it turns out. No.

Where I try to take a reasoned and evidence based approach, examining individual issues contextually and fact checking on a case by case basis, Tumblr and the SJW crowd in general expects you to agree to absolutely everything, all at once, without question, reservation or fact checking. Memes like ‘Women earn 75% of what men do’ and ‘1/4 college women are raped’ do the rounds without challenge and it never seems to occur to anyone that bad statistics make you look like a liar and undermine your case – or in a best case scenario divert funds from genuine crisis areas.

These people are cartoons, each a rare and special snowflake with their own pronouns, gender interpretations, sexualities and descriptors that read like someone dumped a postmodernist textbook into a blender and plucked out fragments at random.

Anarcho-Feminist, blogger, survivor, triggered by spiders and monkeys in hats, PTSD because people were doubleplusungood to me on Twitter, genderqueer, genderfluid transexual hard-femme, pronouns (Mi/Xi/some other bullshit)

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Remarkable that people so fucking focussed on their own individual specialness can end up as a homogenous, glittery mass of ignorant fuckwittery dressed up as activism.

So why does it piss me off so much?

Because there’s absolutely zero room for discussion or debate. There’s absolutely no fucking interest in making or supporting a point. Call-out culture is all one way. When they do it, it’s heroic, when you call them on their bullshit, suddenly it’s magically transmuted into trolling (not agreeing with them) or harassment. Apparently there’s some magical alchemy in youthful pomposity that transmogrifies their behaviour into heroism when they do it and villainy when anyone else does it.

Nothing is ever good enough either. Any advancement or progress for any of their causes simply isn’t enough. Jared Leto has a high profile role as a transgendered person? NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Why wasn’t it given to a transgender actor? (Christ, I don’t even know if you’re supposed to say actor or actress for someone whose biological and expressed gender are the same, let alone trans people). Why didn’t he spend his speeches grovelling on the floor for mercy and praising the trans community to heaven? (Maybe because you appear to be a bunch of fucking dicks? Did that cross your minds?). Then there’s poor Lupita Nygongo whose deserved success and praise from the film making community is now being written off as ‘race fetishism’, poor woman.

Why would a creator or actor break new ground or try new things or seek to accommodate a strident, angry community that literally cannot be pleased by anything, ever? Why would they take the time for people who don’t appreciate the effort and whose idea of constructive criticism is to hulk out and smash the place up?

These people form mutually reassuring echo chambers in which the most extreme positions soon take hold and never have to be accounted for or backed up. They’re so utterly unused to dissent or question that it is treated as outright hostility or ignored. No accounting is made, no dissent is allowed.

This is particularly a problem when it comes to the concept of ‘Intersectionality’ which is supposed to mean considering how different networks of advantage and disadvantage interrelate but is actually more of a reason to divide into smaller and smaller mutually hateful groups until you’re alone in a room punching yourself in the genitals because you’ve nobody else left to hate.

Intersectionality is a cancer eating away at many social movements that were previously unified and varied. Examples include Atheism+, Feminism and LGBT. Why the idea that you don’t HAVE to agree on every. single. fucking. point. to fight for a common cause has never sunk in to these people I don’t know, but apparently it’s far more important to be victimised as individuals than to band together and increase your chances of getting things done.

Every day, more and more I am struck by the similarities between SJW extremism and religion. There’s a canon, which cannot be questioned. There are heretics, there is blasphemy, there are priests and leity and it all seems to be derived from largely unfounded fear. There’s also the patronising presumption that you just need to be educated, while at the same time refusing to substantiate or provide evidence for their positions. It never seems to occur to them that maybe you do know what they’re talking about – possibly more than they do – and have still rejected it. You get the same blank incomprehension or accusations of lying you get when telling one of the faithful that yes, you have read the Bible/Koran and no you didn’t find it perfect or inspiring, but rather ghastly and horrifying.

What really gets me is the hypocrisy. Racism is bad but they’ll insult you (or self loathe) for being white and the same goes for gender, education, class and anything else. The world I choose to inhabit is one where when people disagree they discuss, debate, argue and bring evidence to support what they’re saying and where if there’s sufficient evidence they change their mind. This is not the world these people inhabit however. Their’s is a world where any disagreement or question – or even prioritising different issues – makes you the devil and you can be safely ignored or wedged into some nice little stereotype that they’ve cooked up (they really have it in for Reddit, fedoras, atheism and beards it seems).

So, as a social progressive, concerned with everyone’s rights I find these childish motherfuckers to be divisive, cartoonish, unhelpful, damaging and pointless. They’re not doing things from a position of any thought, but rather from a kneejerk desire to be more special, more ‘liberal’ and more progressive than thou.

This is doubly ironic since so many of them are utterly conservative. Anti-Sex, anti-porn, anti-sex worker. A set of positions ripe for exploitation by more traditional conservatives (as is happening in the UK and Europe).

If you can’t convince me, you’ve got no fucking chance of convincing wider society Tumblr-Tots.

As you can tell, I’m rather incensed by all this bullshit.

Have a couple of edifying videos to finish and look, if you have issues with things I think and believe, fucking talk to me and argue your case. Be a human being, not a Tumblrbot. We may still not end up agreeing but that’s what adults do. Disagree, remain friends, consider and defend their thoughts and positions.

Pax.

(First video, about 16 minutes in is where the really solid point is made)

Antisocial Injustice

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But the straight, white, middle-class, cisgender sneetch had no stars at all.

Prompted by the unjustified hate and nastiness of the trans community towards @giagia

Write what you know they say.

Here’s what I know.

‘Despite’ being a white, straight and male and growing up in rural England I have man aged to achieve adulthood without any of the egregious prejudices that I’m supposed to have.

I didn’t encounter anyone of any other race who wasn’t on the television until, I think, a Sikh door-to-door salesman when I was maybe eight or nine years old. He was alright, but otherwise my formative encounters with practically any minority you care to mention – sexuality, disability, unconventional gender identity – have been negative. Still, I didn’t come out the other end of that with any real prejudices.

Sure, I’ve made mistakes now and then. Some genuine, some what people happen to consider mistakes, upon which I disagree.

I was raised ‘right’. I was raised to be as polite as possible, to treat people fairly and equally and to give them a fair crack of the whip whatever my first impression. To ‘judge people by the content of their character’, if you will.

If my friends exhibit racism, sexism or other prejudices, they get my disapproval and often a stern word. Yet, I find myself unaccountably tolerating the exact same prejudices in people who are of a minority or subjectively oppressed group.

Why?

I learned my lessons well. That treating anyone differently on the basis of race, gender etc was wrong. Surely these people – activists even – who have been on the receiving end of prejudice themselves should know this better than anyone, shouldn’t they?

If someone wants their feelings and problems taken seriously then they should extend the same to others, you would think. Yet that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.”

Instead I find that people who claim to be activists, who claim to be fighting for equality and fairness are amongst the worst bigots I have ever encountered and the most dismissive of anyone else’s point of view.

If I am against racism, and I am, how am I supposed to react to someone who broad-brushes all white people or dismisses anything I might say simply for my relative lack of melanin?

If I am against sexism, and I am, how am I supposed to react to someone who regularly insults men as a gender, laughs off misandry as not existing and undermines genuine men’s issues?

If I am against the persecution of LGBT people, and I am, how am I supposed to react to someone who derisively refers to heterosexuals as ‘breeders’ or ‘cis’ in a sneering tone?

If I don’t think people should be judged for being poor, and I am, how am I suppose to react to someone who dismisses me (wrongly) for being affluent middle class?

Yet I find myself, more often than not, letting these things pass. Not because I don’t find them as objectionable as I do in other contexts, but because of the hypocrisy, the vitriol, the denial, the insults, the swarming pack tactics, the lies and misrepresentations are incredibly stressful and hurtful and aggravating.

And disappointing.

Here are the people who should be on the same page as me, succumbing to and excusing their own bigotry. Redefining *ism from prejudice to prejudice plus power to try and tell you people literally can’t be racist against whites, men, or heterosexuals. Something that is patently untrue.

Here are the people who want you to take their feelings and concerns seriously, no matter what any facts might be, but who will write off anything you say as ‘white tears’, ‘manfeels’ or some similarly dismissive variation thereof.

A person’s colour, gender, sexuality, gender identity etc has absolutely no bearing on the value of their ideas. Nor does being offended by something. I am offended by ‘cis’, ‘privilege’ and many other items of social justice terminology and ideology. Should you stop using them simply because I’m offended?

No.

You should stop using them because they’re useless bullshit that add nothing to discussions and instead anger, alienate and are used as ad hominems and to poison the well before a discussion even gets off the ground.

So what to do?

Being even handed, applying the same call-out culture rules will get one rapidly labelled a bigot, even if you oppose genuine bigots just as vociferously. A blog like this will doubtless attract some sarcasm and the very behaviour I’m talking about. Do I value friends and acquaintances over and above their attitudes? Then why not for the more typical bigoted views, rather than the less typical bigoted views of the activists? Why should activist bigots get a free pass from me that they don’t even give each other? (See the trans/TERF war).

It feels like an insoluble problem.

Here I am, white, straight guy, brought up to treat people equally finding the largest groups I know that don’t do this are the people supposedly campaigning for it. Further, before they know anything about me, they’re already ignoring and prejudging me on the basis of my sex, race, assumed social status and sexuality. I refuse to be held accountable for the actions of my ancestors or for people who aren’t me. I refuse to be tagged with some bizarre new version of ‘original sin’. I want to hold people to the same standards, after all…

If it’s wrong, it’s wrong.

Right?

Islam Spam: Redux

So previously I contacted eDialoguecentre.org about the spam on the #atheist and #atheism hashtags and got precisely nowhere with even getting them to admit it.

I had another conversation recently suggesting we address our complaints to info@edialogue.org which you’re welcome to try, but I don’t hold out much hope of even getting a response.

Anyway, I did a little more digging and with the help of @VorianK on Twitter and some others, discovered that the source of the spam Tweets is a site called islamtweets.com 

Now, if this were just people clicking on it to tweet some heartfelt Islamic nonsense, this wouldn’t be a problem. The problem is that these tweets come in great long strings, sometimes hundreds at a time, completely clogging up streams and making any genuine dialogue or discussion virtually impossible. It’s automated and amounts to botnet spamming.

A bit more tracking and I discover that the edialogue facebook page is posting advertisements for the Islamtweets website and that they share servers.

I’m consolidating this data here for my complaints to Twitter Support, the sites and the domain registrars (this is abuse). I encourage you to use this link to do the same.

Some people seem to have been able to manage to block the spam by using a mute filter that mutes by source/application. This works in Janetter, if you find means that work in other Twitter programs (especially Tweetdeck and Plume) let me know in the comments.

UPDATE: This may help users of some other Twitter applications (specifically Tweetdeck).

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Religious Spam Round-Up 7: There’s No Book Like it!

Every day social media users, especially those identifying as agnostics, atheists and skeptics, are subjected to a barrage of religious spam from true believers. This tends to be repeated, day in, day out, several times a day with no attempt to engage or discuss the matter. It’s spam, plain and simple. Some groups even seem to use small botnets, multiple accounts or proxies to spam hundreds of identical or similar messages all in one go.

Let’s look at some, all from one afternoon and evening on Twitter and only a small sample…

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Typically Muslims, but sometimes other faiths, try to claim that there is no other book like theirs. That it is magical, irreplaceable, that it cannot be imitated.

Obviously this is somewhat subjective. What one person sees as brilliant another may see as terrible. However, there are certainly a large number of books and writings of this ilk, so nobody’s religious tome is unique or special. That’s without even taking into account fiction books that exceed the brilliance of often rather stodgey, boring and self-contradicting religious texts.

There’s only one real answer to this claim.

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So, you don’t understand trolling?

shrugpony___derpy_hooves___by_moongazeponies-d3cvjx6This is related to this post about the current Twitter-explosion, but this follow up post seemed more suited to the atheism/skepticism blog. There is a hell of a lot of bullshit going around and I’m going to put things a little less delicately than I would in that blog. Maybe being a bit more emotive will get through to some people.

What is trolling?

The older definition of trolling is found in the previous article. The term is in a state of flux though and Wikipedia has what is probably a more modern and current definition.

 

 

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

 

 

Of these, the most typical these days is that of someone posting something ghastly in order to try and get an emotional reaction. This might typically include posting horrible things on memorial facebook pages, filling forums with porn images, or making horrifically prejudiced sounding statements based on race, gender, sexual preference.

What isn’t trolling?

There’s a lot of things that get called trolling, that aren’t. Calling something ‘trolling’ (or abusive) is a great excuse for ignoring it, but it isn’t necessarily true.

  • Genuine threats are not trolling.
  • Disagreeing with you isn’t trolling.
  • Insulting you isn’t trolling.
  • Criticism isn’t trolling.

Is trolling misogynistic?

Is shooting people in Halo murder?

No, obviously not.

Trolling is a ‘game’. A horrible game that is played by preying on people’s emotions but it is a game. You win the game by getting the biggest and most outrageous reaction to what you say. This means you tailor your trolling comments to your target. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily hold those beliefs.

If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity you may an easier time locking on to this idea.

Women, feminists in particular, are a favourite target of trolls because they can be almost guaranteed to deliver a huge, ‘game winning’ number of points in terms of the volume, length and emotional content of their outrage. The reaction is what the troll is after, if they’re using misogynistic terminology it’s only because it’s a winning move. Like equipping the BFG in a game of DOOM.

Is trolling OK?

No. It’s dickish and it upsets people. So it’s not OK, but it’s also not the end of the world and much as people like to claim it’s evidence for sexism, racism or whatever it isn’t. If anything, that these get such a powerful outrage reaction only goes to show how far we’ve progressed on these issues.

Why should we put up with trolling?

Don’t.

Block the person trolling you, ignore them, go on about your life. You already have the tools to do so (though some could be improved, such as an ‘invisible block’.

We should only ‘put up with it’ in that we shouldn’t allow our emotional reactions to trolling to guide our public or private policies.

Much like DRM and other measures designed to stop various electronic behaviours, attempts to control or stop trolls are unlikely to stop the trolls and very likely to cause issues for legitimate users. Tools supposedly to deal with trolls will cause far more problems for regular users and are likely to be abused themselves.

What about abuse and threats?

Genuine, kosher abuse and threats are not the same thing as trolling. Conflating the two is ‘crying wolf’. Ironically, many of the people complaining and calling trolling abuse are indulging in abuse themselves. If a threat is genuine and believable recourse already exists – go to the police. It seems like it might not be a bad idea to also charge people for wasting police time on spurious threats though.

What’s the difference between trolling and abuse?

  • A troll is seeking to elicit a reaction. They almost certainly do not believe the horrible things they say, they’re just doing it to get that reaction.
  • An abuser genuinely believes what they’re saying and isn’t just trying to get a reaction.

This is a troll being horrible to elicit a reaction:

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This is someone being abusive (and far from the only one amongst those claiming to be against abuse):

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How can we deal with trolling?

The absolute best way we have to deal with it is to ignore it. To pay it absolutely no attention.

It is an elementary mistake to pay attention to trolls, to play up to what they say and do. It is a huge mistake to start some kind of public campaign and to make a Cameronesque move to try and turn outrage and ‘something must be done!’ panic into an ill-thought out public campaign which will only attract more trolls, the likes of Anonymous (as you begin to threaten internet freedom), and genuine creeps.

Quietly ban, block and move on.

Nothing else works, at least not without some really serious collateral damage. There are a few improvements to tools that can be made without opening them up to abuse but they need time, space and distance to be properly assessed.

People with various causes also really need to stop taking troll comments as evidence that the problems they’re fighting are particularly bad. Trolls only go after what elicits a reaction.

An amount of spurious abuse is the price we pay for some important and vital internet freedoms and a degree of anonymity.