The implication is that it's just "a few bad apples" and that we shouldn't paint the entire userbase with the same brush because of them. But without fail, the person making this argument is always, inevitably a horrible shithead themselves and it usually takes all of two minutes to confirm this
@fraggle ah, that famous quip, "a few bad apples have no effect on any other nearby apples"
@fraggle There's the rare case where it's a confused person stumbling upon the site, thinking "ooh, free speech is good; let's defend it!" – you can tell the difference, though, because they stop rather quickly once they've poked around a bit, and then they quietly leave.
If somebody's made the argument more than once, they're probably the sort of person who'd benefit from people believing the argument.
@fraggle there was a gabber saying something like "Once you block like twenty nazis, it's great!"
why wouldn't you go to a website where you have to block zero nazis
@fraggle These same arguments were used to popularize 4chan, back in the day when it was new.
Y'know, just sayin'.
gab - a few bad apples
@fraggle On top of that "A few bad apples" doesn't come on it's own. The saying is "A bad apple SPOILS the bunch"
>a bad apple
>A person whose own words or actions negatively impacts an entire group of people. Taken from the proverb "a bad apple spoils the bunch."
@fraggle My favorite blocked instances so far are the ones which seem to be only Nazis plus some talentless "creative"/dipshit wanking it to the New Testament Bible.
charlottesville, nazis, violence re: gab
specifically the bit about the video James Allsup, one of the rally's supporters, put out afterwards arguing "I think I saw maybe three swastika flags, so even if there were ten nazis per flag, that's only thirty nazis"
in response to which Shaun to points out:
- that there were definitely more swastika flags than that,
- there were numerous /other/ neo-Nazi symbols that were all over the place at that rally,
- that a normal response to seeing Nazis at a rally is not "well, there aren't a /lot/ of Nazis here", but "oh my goodness those are Nazis we need to do something/get out of here", and
- that Nazis being welcome at an event called "/Unite/ the Right" implies that Nazis are among the people being welcomed into the fold
(...incidentally, when I was watching the video just now to confirm this, Gab came up in the context of people idolizing Dylann Roof, so...)
@fraggle They're like mass-produced idiots. It always takes only a slight breeze to blow their façade of civilness away and reveal the screaming rabid child underneath.