How It Started
It was an early Saturday morning. Bleary eyed, I had stayed up all night finishing my latest article. I found myself pondering why a PC fan-page would call themselves a “master race”, as that is white supremacist slang popularized by Nazis. Finally, I posted my article to the website and, while clutching my steaming coffee, decided to check their Reddit, which I had discovered while researching.
What I Found on Their Reddit
While browsing, I was suprised that their was much less mention of the “Master Race” then I thought there would be. There were some offensive memes, some posts of expensive looking “setups”, there were even some people giving advice on what pc parts to build! The more I looked, the more normal it seemed. These people all seemed reasonable! “Surely, they will listen to me! Their association with the Nazi movement must be a mistake” I exclaimed to myself. With that, I jolted up, and got typing. I sent them the article, along with a plea to change the name to something more inclusive, something without ties to Nazis or white supremacists! Just reasonable people, having a reasonable discussion.
When I posted the article, I left my computer to get some breakfast. During the time it took me to toast, butter, and devour my bagel, my thoughts were racing with all of the comments I would have, all bearing interesting points, some that may challenge my worldview, and what I would reply to challenge theirs. As I raced back to the computer, and logged in to Reddit, my heart was racing from excitement. My mouth was watering from the well thought our discussions I would inevitably be having. Reddit finally logged in, and after all this excitement i see just one new message. “That’s ok,” I think to myself. “I’d rather have quality over quantity anyway!” I click on the message and read the most horrible thing you can read on Reddit.
“You have been banned from participating in PCMR”
How could this be? Why? I quickly scan the message. “Rule 7” it shouts at me, mocking me.
“What is rule 7???” I quickly click over to their sidebar and see: