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Added: Dec-8-2011 By: LL_Hayden

Welcome to the official LiveLeak blog. In here we'll be posting about developments, issues, and anything else related to the site.

Oh boy...FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

Entry Added: Nov-14-2016 By: LL_Hayden

Hi,

Not a long blog, just a question. Seeing as so many of you are ardent activists for Freedom of Speech please tell me what opinions or beliefs our rules prevent you from voicing.
Thanks
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Election fever!

Entry Added: Nov-9-2016 By: LL_Hayden

Firstly, congratulations for all those who voted Trump. Your chosen candidate is now the President Elect for the United States of America.

It's odd, the first thing many people seem to have done is get in touch with an Englishman to ask me how I feel about the result. Some seem genuinely interested, others who perhaps lack a little understanding of many things seem to think gloating at me has any effect as I'm a liberal person. I've explained the whole "liberal doesn't mean supporter of the Democrat party" thing before so let's not go there, eh?

My thoughts are the same as they've been in the whole build up to this, and ones I've shared many times on the LL show. I found both candidates deplorable. Trump for his obvious hypocrisy and bottom feeding behaviour and Clinton for being a sociopathic member of the establishment who is dangerous with a capital D.

I've never once told people who I thought they should vote for. There are two reasons for this, most importantly is that it's none of my damn business who you vote for. That's your choice and one you make based on who you think best represents you. The lesser of the reasons is I couldn't possibly choose. I'd have had to look for another alternative.

Do I think this is the end of the world? No, I think the world will truck on. Many of the more extreme policy suggestions of Trump (and the utterly despicable Pence...dear me, he's dreadful!) will be ground fine by the political machinery which enslaves us all. The establishment will always win after all. Do I think he'll do good things? I hope so, I genuinely do. I'd like to see the US prosper, it's a country I'm obviously very fond of for many reasons.

The one negative I do think affects me directly is Trump's attitude towards Net Neutrality but that's an argument for another day. Most of all I hope my extended family and friends in the US can keep this civil, be magnanimous in victory and dignified in defeat, and then at least try to unify a little to move forward. Division is the killer, division is what enables the status quo to hold sway.

Oh, one last positive. The people have spoken. Along with the fact they've spoken out against the establishment they have seriously lashed out at the mainstream media. It would be wonderful to capitalise on this in a positive manner.

Sorry for rambling on but it's still all going on and I'm genuinely fascinated by politics for the first time in quite a long time. Good look, friends.
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Honesty is the best policy.

Entry Added: Oct-25-2016 By: LL_Hayden

Whilst I know some of you will ignore this, ridicule it, claim it's all lies and - much like Alex Jones - you have PROOF! Just proof you can't provide right now, I thought it would be cool to lay out there how we view things on the LL team.

The first thing is, we aren't here to tell you how to think. Whether you're liberal or conservative, black or white, rich or poor, how you think is your business. If you take a couple of minutes to look at the rules you've agreed to you'll see there are no rules governing your opinion. Whether we agree or not is irrelevant. We only ask you to voice them within our rules, and those rules in no way prevent you voicing that opinion.

We aren't perfect and don't think we are. There are so many things we want to improve on LL, included among them are consistency, transparency of our infraction and account status system, right down to improved contact. I'm sure there are sites out there which can do all this in a heartbeat but LL isn't one of them. We all have jobs / businesses. LL isn't Google with massive resources and we aren't a small one man operation where sweeping changes can be carried out over a weekend. We're a big site that runs cut to the bone to ensure it does run.

We don't ban people for nothing. On a site which relies on users that would be stupid no matter which way you slice it. And before you say "But you are stupid" whilst we aren't all Einsteins (I'm certainly not) between us we've run sites catering to 100's of millions of users over the years. That doesn't make us right on every occasion but it counts.

I am definitely a liberal person. No doubt about it. LiveLeak is built around a liberal ideal. The constitution of the United States is built around a liberal ideal too, so keep that in mind. Don't confuse this with political parties. Whatever your allegiance don't assume we're against you. It's not like our group all vote one way and agree constantly. Liberal does not mean Democrat. After all, Hilary doesn't seem terribly liberal does she?

Our rules on racial slurs are about protecting the site. Whether you like that or not, agree or disagree, that's how it is. If you find it hypocritical, annoying, wrong, or a sign of our political correctness gone mad (which is amusing given the media and people on this site) that's fine. But the actual reason is it protects the site. Whilst I find it ignorant personally don't you think it would be better for us to not have to have any rules and dish out infractions? Do you think we like having to deal with the complaints? Everything has a solid reason, none of them are to do with protecting anyone's feelings.

LiveLeak is a two way street. We'd be nothing without you guys and you guys would all be sat somewhere worse without us. It's symbiotic. You don't owe us a damn thing, by the same token we won't kowtow to you. We take on board valid criticism, we listen to what you have to say. We aren't obliged to act on it or weather abuse without answering back. Ask and you'll get an answer, wrap your question up in an abusive tone and you'll either be ignored or get a dick response. You're not my customers nor my masters and I'm certainly not yours.

Now let's just all hug and get along FFS.
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