Awww, heck. I am past caring now whether I get banned from Deaf UK. The antics of the moderator have gone too far and left me pretty disillusioned and feeling down in the heart. Members on Deaf UK are also pretty fed up with all this ongoings, which never seemed to have gone ever since the infamous 4 got banned.
I just wanna put a flag up about the poor chap, Rob Wilks. To me, it is the moderator’s very public character attack on Rob Wilks have left me completed aghast and rattled my sense of injustice. Moderator called Rob dishonest, a liar and a crap solictor. When I suggested that if the moderator wanted to express his views, I never expected that and, Rob’s blogs in question, certainly didn’t warrant that. Rob, I am really sorry all this has come about as I feel somehow responsible.
Various postings, in response to the post, have now gone off in several direction relating to the definition of audism and a revival of Deaf UK, under a different title, just like it used to be.
I just want to bring the attention back to Rob, who is the real victim in all this. I am struggling to identify where in Rob have said in his blogs (this one and this) that is considered inflammable and defamatory towards DUK moderator in particular. There were some negative and disparaging takes about DUK moderating style and Rob did highlight what others have said about this. No attacks was made on the moderator on the personal level and about the moderator’s attributes. So, on both blogs, it is opinions and observations on the current state of affairs within the Deaf community and DUK – huh, so what.
Anyway, it is sheer hypocrisy that gets me when the moderator attacked Rob Wilks so publicly and so personally. The moderator is on dangerous grounds when he declared Rob is a crap solicitor using information based on ‘hearsay’ (as repeated in BSL - seen on this vlog) – isn’t this tantamount to libel? Rob is a young trainee solicitor and quite possibly have plans to represent Deaf people on a professional basis since he is a Deafie himself. Furthermore, Rob write his blogs as a Deaf person but not in his professional capacity. This so-public attack will be detrimental on his reputation, so early in his career, unless the moderator make a public apology (but it will still leave a cloud over Rob nonetheless). Now, let me bring you to a segment of the recent draft policy circulated on Deaf-UK recently by the moderator.
11. Personal attacks are NOT allowed. These should be dealt with
outside of Deaf-UK. No `third-party’ attacks will be allowed either.
Deaf people always direct to 3rd person is not allowed either.
I rest my case.
For a more detailed version of how we have arrived here, have a look at Tony N’s blog for a general idea of the ongoings.
P.S. I wish I could vlog this so a webcam is on my shopping list – a very looong shopping list btw.