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We made a couple changes to the site today.

People who are not logged into the site can no longer view any user's post or comment history lists from their user profile. This makes it harder for bad actors to "stalk" user's post histories, since it requires an account, but please keep in mind that even though we require invite codes to make accounts, bad actors are still able to make Ovarit accounts.

Additionally, we removed the "submit a post" button from the front page of the site. You now have to submit posts by clicking the "submit a post" button in the sidebar of a circle. We've done this to emphasize the fact that circles are their own unique, semi-autonomous communities with their own specific rules, moderators, and even posters. We hope it will make users more likely to check the rules before posting.

Ovarit is not like a forum. Circles are not merely topic categories. We cannot move posts from one circle to another, nor can moderators change post titles. This is because users "own" their own posts, not moderators. Users are responsible for submitting their posts to the correct circle, and for following the rules for titles and content when they do so. Please check the rules for a circle before posting.

We also added some features for moderators: Moderators can stick their announcement comments to the top of the comments section, and can lock posts to new comments.

We made a couple changes to the site today. People who are not logged into the site can no longer view any user's post or comment history lists from their user profile. This makes it harder for bad actors to "stalk" user's post histories, since it requires an account, but please keep in mind that even though we require invite codes to make accounts, bad actors are still able to make Ovarit accounts. Additionally, we removed the "submit a post" button from the front page of the site. You now have to submit posts by clicking the "submit a post" button in the sidebar of a circle. We've done this to emphasize the fact that circles are their own unique, semi-autonomous communities with their own specific rules, moderators, and even posters. We hope it will make users more likely to check the rules before posting. Ovarit is not like a forum. Circles are not merely topic categories. We cannot move posts from one circle to another, nor can moderators change post titles. This is because users "own" their own posts, not moderators. Users are responsible for submitting their posts to the correct circle, and for following the rules for titles and content when they do so. Please check the rules for a circle before posting. We also added some features for moderators: Moderators can stick their announcement comments to the top of the comments section, and can lock posts to new comments.

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Good stuff! I was worried about the stalking thing, to be honest.

Yes, me too, especially after I've seen yesterday that our old stalker sub /gencyn is still active and stalking, but now they post content from here. What kind of desperate losers are they?

And to add: A big thank you to the mods and admins!

They told us to make our own site, we did, and now they're somehow mad about it.

Literal children.

Jesus they are pathetic. I just took a peep at that sub and they are reaching so hard to pull everything out of context and misrepresent us as evil.

No wonder they are scared of us lmao

When I was still more of a fence sitter/in denial I would browse subs like that trying to see why everyone said these "TERFs" were such bad people. Everything I saw, in order of most to least common, was:

  1. Some Republican/conservative that said something conservative and they're labeling them "TERF" even though they literally have nothing to do with radical feminism and the sentiments they're expressing are the opposite (eg claiming "TERFs" want to judge everyone on their appearance, or that we don't want men to be able to wear dresses).

  2. A genuine GC or radfem taken wildly out of context to make it seem like she said the opposite of what she actually said. (One of the most insidious ones ever was when a radfem criticized a person for not being harsh enough on rapists, and it was taken out of context to sound like she didn't think rape was a problem. She said something like "You think rapists are 'kinda bad'?")

  3. Something totally sensible that a GC/radfem said plus their statement of their own worldview that just made them seem even crazier. (eg "TERFs think misgendering is okay when it is literally killing trans people, that's why they get the wall").

  4. Very rarely it'd be a genuine radfem bad take, usually from a no name suspended twitter account that may or may not be a troll.

  5. Very very rarely, maybe once or twice ever, there was a well known GC actually saying something that's transphobic/racist/whatever. Honestly the only person that comes to mind is Posie Parker, she does a lot of things I love but she has said a few things that are just inappropriate.

It seemed kinda sad because they obviously just literally don't understand a thing about radical feminism or about what radical feminists believe in. Unlike with them, they could just come and listen to us or read things radical feminists have written. Most of us don't do the whole "no debate" thing. The fact that they make absurd claims and refuse to back them up is part of what turned me off of TRAs so much.

No joke, that's exactly what they kept doing that made me go, "This feels really hinky. If they were right, they wouldn't have to so obviously misrepresent the people they're against."

Which is a reason why we shouldn't stoop to their level. They have the male privilege shield that makes the general public more willing to view their actions in a forgiving light; if we do the same, the public will correctly identify that tactic as manipulative, dishonest, and unhinged.

Same here. I'd even gone through my post history and deleted some things I thought might have been too personal cause I was worried about that.

It's insane. I've seen people kicked out of fandoms for offsite "TERF" behavior. I can't fathom how these people think they're in the right for doing this.

Same reason any other fascist youth groups thought they were right.

Heartfelt thanks to the devs cuz this’ll really help us mods 💝

yeah stickies and locking posts seems like bigger changes than what's mentioned in the title. Glad you hear you believe it will be helpful!

Oop I literally just wiped my account of any possible identifiers lol. Thanks for this!

We should all be considerate about what personal info we post. Once you publish something on the internet you can't necessarily control it. Even if history stalking is harder, it's still not impossible.

How did you delete posts? Trying to figure out how to be on the safe side.

If you click "permalink" from your comment history, it takes you to your comment in the post context, where you can delete it.

I didn't even notice you can post to the front page lol.

Thanks for your hard work!

If you want to post from the front page, click the top post and change the circle. 👌🏽

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