Well, actually uppity-shinob is the law. . .
That's precisely the sort of in-joke that keeps most visitors from posting here, or even understanding most of the site. Darn shame there's no way to look this stuff up if you're truly interested.
There's also the question of unwritten rules.
Well, there's just the one rule, really. It applies in no other situations, so I can understand how people could be confused.
Don't be an asshole.
Clearly, this doesn't apply to me. I am, after all, a Black militant, violently misogynist, homophobic, anti-Semetic and prejudiced against all white people. Including some of my relatives.
No, this applies only to people posting comments. And it translates, in my effed-up moral universe, to "don't piss off the webmaster."
With exceptions, of course. After all, Laura once said,
And I didn't immediately have her killed.
But only because she didn't suggest I also played softball and had a mullet.
Not that I know anything about such matters. I'm able, in a limited way, to pass myself off as a novice/poseur/former member of the scene who dropped out years ago/baby dyke first night at the club only because I know just enough about various subcultures to sound like I vaguely know what I'm talking about. Any actual Linux users/SF fans/comics readers/goths/feminists/Buddhists/smarks recognize instantly that I'm talking out of my ass whenever I go into the slightest bit of detail. Because I get the details very, very wrong.
That's why you've got extremely superficial entries and long, detailed discussions, where I sit back and take notes from the people who actually know what they're talking about.
I'm also not emotionally invested in most of the issues to have taken sides. Except regarding Black militancy, where I follow the standard party line of the Democrats, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Nation of Islam. Because, as we all know, these four agree on all the issues.
And Louis Farrakhan is a known Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. There's an article on WHEDONesque about him appearing in an upcoming episode, as a calypso singer turned demon.