Nov 4 2008 8:01am

November 4th, 2008. 7AM EST

As the sun rises over the Eastern seaboard of the North American continent, citizens of the United States are turning up in their local polling places to exercise their right to vote in a historic election.

Since we at Tor.com are consistently concerned with the future, we entreat our readers in the United States (of which our stats tell us there are many) who are eligible to vote (our stats don’t tell us that, don’t worry) to go take a hand in theirs.

Stop talking about the future for a bit, and go take an active part in shaping it. (Do come back after you’re done shaping, though.)

Comments are open, but be warned: any partisan squabbling or general rabble-rousing will be roundly mocked, derided, and/or otherwise pwned (this may or may not involve East German judges, and may or may not include disemvowelling, which has apparently hit the mainstream, but remains a mighty tool for great justice).

Keith Yatsuhashi
1. Keith Yatsuhashi
For someone whose management is directly linked to this election, (I work for the government...*ducks out of the way*) I'll just say I'm rooting for the guy who wins :)

C.D. Thomas
2. cdthomas
Vote early and... well, to the best of your ability.

And it ain't done tonight... remember there's a whole 'nother world of counting going on, and we need to watch that, too.
will shetterly
3. willshetterly
I do wish someone would explain why it's good to mock--not the satisfaction of mocking, which I certainly understand, but the usefulness. After I was disemvoweled at Boing Boing for saying that a hoax about Amnesty International should be corrected as vigorously as it had been promoted, my doubts about disemvoweling grew. So far as I can tell, it's only another tool in the censor's kit. Justice is irrelevant.

Voting is good, though. I registered a few voters in Arizona--if the state goes red, don't blame me.
Julian Hall
4. Jules
willshetterly: sometimes censorship is necessary in the name of keeping a conversation flowing smoothly. Disemvowelling is a weaker form of censorship than most because it allows people to reasonably easily find out what was censored. I can't comment on your specific case, because I didn't see it and wouldn't in any case be able to read TNH/any other Boing Boing moderator's mind, but I imagine there was a good reason for it to be applied.

Yes, I have seen it being used at Boing Boing in places where I wouldn't use it. But with a commenter pool as large and vocal as BB's, you have to be prepared to take action to keep order.

The alternative to disemvowelling is having your comment disappear entirely, which seems worse to me.

"Justice is irrelevant."

No, no. That's "disemvowelling for great justice." Which is something different entirely. As in "mv ll zg."
Irene Gallo
5. Irene
will shetterly
6. willshetterly
Jules, it depends on what you think of silencing dissent and promoting hoaxes, I suppose.
zaphod beetlebrox
7. platypus rising
After I was disemvoweled at Boing Boing for saying that a hoax about Amnesty International should be corrected as vigorously as it had been promoted

Will,as a 14-years ai activist, I'd like to know more.
Could you point me to the relevant passages?
will shetterly
8. willshetterly

It's hard to link to a specific comment at Boingboing because the numbers change, perhaps depending on what they've deleted, but this should get you close to the end of the tale:


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