Well, two updates of older posts in one day! It now appears that the moderators of the TA Facebook page have banned me, too! This is getting very childish and irritatingly provocative. I'm really at a loss as to how to explain the mods' behavior or their intent, but the result is to divide people who should be on the same side regarding tenant rights and landlord contrivances. But I'm continuing on, even if it's just in this little corner of cyberspace. So, sorry to disappoint your perplexing attempt at stifling my voice, TA.
Older post from 6/28:
It's unfortunate that the Tenants Association Facebook page, the only consistently active voice that tenants have with their association, has speedily unraveled due to heavy-handed moderation which has forced out two supposed "Sock Puppets"--Brian O'Shanahan and Jill Saunders.
I (and I suspect other members of that Facebook page) don't care if Brian and Jill are aliases who use phoney avatars. As long as they are respectful members, that should be the only requirement for being a member in good standing. It seems that the bounce of Brian was compelled by some link he (or she) gave to the Conversion Blog, a blog that is anti-condo/pro co-op, and thereby at odds with the push of the TA/Brookfield for ownership as condos. If so, this banning on the part of the moderators is rather surly and childish. Surely, ALL matters related to PCV/ST tenants have a right to be discussed openly and without recrimination.
Worse, according to the posting by "Peter Stuyvesant"--an alias "group handle" for the TA--there's this threat:
"Furthermore, those who perpetuate Sock Puppets by Friend-Spamming with Sock Puppets, will also be de-friended, be banned from the TA Facebook page, and have their posts will be deleted." [sic]
I don't have a clear idea what's meant by "Friend-Spamming with Sock Puppets" (I believe someone posted a response from the then-banned Brian), but the threat is obviously directed at other members in good standing.
Frankly, all this heavy-handedness is bullshit and deeply disappointing coming from a couple of people who represent the TA, the organization that is suppose to represent ALL OF US.
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