As if the Livejournal abuse team hasn’t been useless (read: counterproductive) over the years, and the acquisition by SixApart has been anything but joyous and pain-free, now they are attempting to shoot themselves in the back of the head once again.
Community tagging of “offensive” content will allow complete strangers to make your LJ posts invisible to non-adult viewers. Presumably, this means that your public posts will be restricted to logged-in LJ users with their over-18 age listed on their profiles. And, how many people will just start sending packs of assholes to assault any community or user who counters their prejudices about the world? I can see the leftie blogs being completely tagged as “child porn” if that’s an option the wingers could use. And vice versa, there’s no end to the abuse that can occur when people think they are anonymous.
Naturally, to prove the point, the post that has started all this will soon be tag-bombed with “offensive” and “adult content” tags. Wanna bet? Wanna join the fun?