I think I've finally done it! I've found something that I feel could finally bring MX's nazis down! While it may not be a legal flaw, I've found a way that we could at least publicize the worsening situation on MX (I think that's our only shot.) I'm definitely not the first to ever call the Mods 'cyber-bullies,' but this claim has always been disregarded by responses like ModKaty's loving post 'we have the true information you don't.' However, if you actually find the agreed upon definition of bullying, the Moderators fit this category exactly. There are three requirements for a situation to be considered bullying, the first, of course, being that the victim's feelings are hurt, and the situation causes them psychological/emotional distress. There are multiple instances of the Mod's harassment causing depression upon many members on this site. Second, the harassment must be repeated, even after the victim has asked the bully to stop. We asked them to stop through the Moderation Petition, many confrontations in Genn's 'Violations,' and in other settings, yet the Mods repeatedly harassed certain members and repeatedly banned members for reasons we had already confronted them about. Finally, and most importantly, in a bullying situation a clear difference in balance of power must be apparent, the bully having more power, which we all know is true, as the Mods are practically untouchable and make the fact that they have more power evident through their instant perma-bans and posts such as Modkaty's previously stated attack. The Moderators are prime examples of the use of internet to harass others, they are the definition of cyber-bully. They banned us for 'harassing' other members, yet the other members have gotten away with insulting everything from our intelligence to out sexuality. When the Mods become part of the problem, and no longer part of the solution, higher authorities must be contacted. We should expose the Mods for what they are. If we can't got to their bosses and we can't go to law enforcement, I say we go to wherever else we can, from other websites to news sources, anything to get the word spread. It sounds like a stupid thing to do for some fandom site, but... dammit I want MX back!
It's actually painful going on there, seeing how changed it is. And as much as I would like to believe that we could get our site back, I can think of nothing worse than letting myself believe that and have it all fall apart.
As to what MX used to be -- about a year ago it was absolutely lovely and I'd never seen its like. Cursing, hilarity, good arguments, and while MR UK had all those things -- MX was full of people from my country. Timezones didn't matter so much anymore. It was a pretty awesome place back then -- and yes, it was definitely targeted at older people. Under thirteen? Keep your mouth shut, don't whine about the cursing / squick / sexuality (well, not too much), and have fun with everyone else. And we all acknowledged that the books were, at least, imperfect.
Now it's a very clean, sterile place. No cursing. Like the books or get the fuck out. Don't talk about banned members (even if they made some contribution to the fandom). The mods are your bitch queens, and for God's sake don't say a bad word to or about them.
(I do find it immensely funny that the mods found it somehow necessary to stalk us on this site. Stay classy, ladies. Reminds me of, say, if a jealous ex were stalking me and my new girlfriend. Except I can't really tell the mods to GTFO-or-I'll-take-legal-action.)
Sure, you could try to bring law into this, however, that could be turned around. The only thing you'd really have going for you would be that most of the members are minors. Nearly everything you do online, with some wording and few exceptions, could be viewed as illegal.
Ning has already stated they won't get involved, some have went to JP's site and tried to contact people of more power that way, and honestly, not much will get done by thinking/hoping the law will save that site.
Having MX back would be nice, but. . . . we'd lose any case. We did have the option to go to another site, and many of us did sign up for the half dozen created to escape the new lay-out and the mods, but. . . . . we couldn't get anything to be the same, and members were to spread out/unwilling to move. Plus, if people got picky, they could turn the legal matter around, and anyone who made a secondary account could get nailed for stalking, harassing, etc, etc, etc.
As nice as it'd be to really have MX back. . . .it'd never be like it was back in Dec-Feb. We'd never be able to fully recover from the wreckage the mods did to the site.