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An Open Letter to Disqus: Stop Posting Lascivious Images

In the past few months, the comment feature we've been using, which is also used widely elsewhere on the net, has begun displaying images that urge lust. Yes, sex sells, but for reasons that do no lead to good karma. We urge Disqus to stop this. What do you think? Poll included.


by Sterling D. Allan
Pure Energy Systems News

After writing this, I've decided to amp up the complaint, posting it as an open letter.

My reason for this is that I've learned from experience that sentiments like this are likely to be ignored unless they are perceived as having groundswell support. The business is likely to not mind losing one client. But if they see that they could be losing many clients, and that at least their stance is highly unpopular, then they are likely to pay attention and take the necessary remedial steps requested.

With our name: Pure Energy Systems, I think we should hold to an even higher standard, and shouldn't be pulled down by what shows up against our wishes through that comments hosting service.

las·civ·i·ous

/lə'sivēəs/  lascivious

adjective

  1. (of a person, manner, or gesture) feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire.
    "he gave her a lascivious wink"
    synonyms: lecherous, lewd, lustful, licentious, libidinous, salacious, lubricious, prurient, dirty, smutty, naughty, indecent, ribald

Including "offensive" because it is unwelcome to the viewer who prefers not to be exposed to such things.

To whom it may concern at Disqus,

(Note that I've included a few thousand awakened individuals in this correspondence, to show that I'm serious about this.)

We've been using your comments feature for about three years, and have enjoyed its functionality, enabling a discussion capability for our sites that previously did not have such a capability. I see that many high-level sites also use Disqus. Congratulations on becoming so successful.

In the past few months, you've added some features at the bottom that link to other sites and services.

Unfortunately, many of the images that show up are of a lustful nature.

As a lust addict, I don't appreciate this, because one of the tools of recovery is to avoid such things. And I can't very well avoid it when its on my very own sites that I frequent.

If you were an advertiser, I would remove you from my site immediately.

However, given all the benefit I get from Disqus, I'm not ready to just remove you -- until I fund a suitable alternative, and as of yet, I don't know of one.

Yes, sex sells, but for reasons that do no lead to good karma.

I urge you to consider softening your approach in this regard. Don't use lust-based images.

As long as you do, I will be urging my discussion moderator to be on the lookout for an alternative service, with the likelihood that we will be abandoning Disqus, not withstanding its benefits.

My next step will probably be to launch a petition drive to get a bunch of signatures to show public support for this sentiment. Yes, there are likely to be some snarky comments by those who enjoy the smut, but overall, I expect that the overwhelming sentiment will be in line with my views.

Heads up, I ran a petition drive starting in 2002 to draft Ron Paul to run for President in 2004, which he eventually declined -- for that election cycle.

I am good a birdogging good things. Don't ignore me.

Sincerely,

| Sterling D. Allan, 
| (Pure Energy Systems) PES Network, Inc., CEO
| http://PESWiki.com
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| regarding exotic free energy technologies."
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| New Energy Systems Trust (NEST), Founder
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Comments

(In addition to below)

Noomap to Replace Disqus

Kathleen Smith writes by Skype:

Hello Sterling, what about noomap to replace Disqus ??

 http://www.noomap.com/   ‎ https://www.facebook.com/noomapnetwork 

"new form of digital social media. Noomap is a 'holonic' communication system. It is a real-time collaborative mapping system, which can be used to map perceptions in a share

Noomap, a powerful new web... Noomap provides a 'fractal mind-mapping' system for sharing ideas "

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Disqus Needs to Earn Money

From: Andre
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:31 AM
Subject: Re: [FE_updates] Complaint about Disqus: Lascivious Ads


I am completely neutral on the matter of the lustful advertising/smut, so I do not take a side on the debate whether it is suitable or not.

But, what I want you to do, is visit the following page and think very carefully why these people who provide an extremely good product and service to you should not be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour, and be allowed to earn a return on their investment and hard work developing their product. If the product is not earning revenue for someone then no one will use it, and they have no job.

http://disqus.com/about/#our-team

I do not see any one in that list that does not deserve to be rewarded for their efforts at building a great product just because you do not like the contents of the ads.

You have to remember that the ads are also based on your personal profile and data, and that most often every person will see completely difference content. Not everyone will get the lustful ads.

They built it, you use it. Either pay up more money to get it fixed or pay to have the ads removed, or JUST DEAL WITH IT AND BE GRATEFUL YOU HAVE SUCH A GREAT PRODUCT TO USE, and concentrate on your own content.

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Sterling's rebuttal

There are many great things to be advertised. Smut shouldn't be included. It's degrading to women, and plays on men's lower nature. 

Andre's response

From: Andre
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:13 AM
Subject: Re: [FE_updates] Complaint about Disqus: Lascivious Ads


...You might like to try this trick to have the ads removed from your website.

http://www.techdreams.org/blogging/
disqus-ads-are-disqusting-and-here-is-how-you-turn-them-off/8786-20130320
 

Seems you are not the only person who does not like the ads and that there is a way to remove them yourself. 

Personally, I have an ad blocker on all my browsers, so I never see any ads ever, as I suspect a lot of people do. Neither you or Disqus get any ad revenue from myself.

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