This is something I've been stewing about for quite a few days now and I just have to get it off of my chest.
You may have noticed that Shakesville.com has gone dark since last Thursday. Closed. Shut down temporarily. But do you know what's going on?
I count Melissa, the fearless mayor of Shakesville, as one of my best blogging buddies. She's funny, intelligent and never hesitates to speak her mind - all three qualities I love in a human being. I know what's going on with her site - and I'm pissed as hell about it. You will be too.
Do you remember a few weeks ago when we had some issues over here from a denial of service attack against our server? At the time, Shakesville was on our server - and they were the main target of the attack. Sadly, the sheer number of attacking computers overwhelmed our lonely server and Shakes had to move to a new host. Now that Shakes has settled in somewhere else, the attackers have found her again and resumed the mission to shut her site down.
You might ask yourself, "Why? Why would Melissa be targeted? What has she done?"
And the answer would be: She's been herself. She's called out racism, sexism, homophobia and stupidity at all levels. And isn't that what we also seek to accomplish over here?
Unfortunately, Melissa has been targeted by so-called "men's rights" groups. I know, as if men don't have enough rights already, eh? Never mind that whole "suffrage" movement... These creeps have posted her personal information on international sites that the US has no jurisdiction over. Strangers have come knocking on her door or taking pictures of her house. And now the website is being bombarded.
And there's nothing she can do about it.
You know, it's hard enough to be a woman in today's society. Melissa is working her ass off to try and make the world a better place. These assholes are taking advantage of her generosity in giving away her writing and thoughts to the world by attempting to sabotage her ideas rather than responding with ideas of their own. They seek to silence the debate.
To help solve Melissa's problem, she's going to have to move her site to a dedicated server where she's the only client. But that costs a LOT of money to maintain month after month on a site that doesn't currently take advertisements. To be able to maintain her current level of popularity on a sole server, she's going to have to start accepting ads, I'd imagine. But let's help her get started on the road to freedom from these mofos.
You can donate via her PayPal account here.