Whereas I had Not forgotten the incident, it was not something I ever intended to bring up. But since part of the discussion going on here has to do with Censorship on ats I'm kind of glad that Springer opted to mention it as I personally think it was an Hilarious (though frustrating) event.
So here's the story of Torbjon's porno on ats. Get some popcorn.
If you took the time to read the above long winded post then you may have noticed I have very close ties to LAByrinth Theater Company and have had for a little over five years now. As such, I am deeply aware of the collaborative artistic process... from concept to finished product.
So, ats has (or had) a forum for Creative Writing (maybe it's called Collaborative Writing, can't remember, and I'm not going to go look)
I NEVER noticed it or knew about that forum until one day I notice that some member had the title of "Writer" under their name... most folks just say "Member"... a few say something like "Mod" or "Admin"... you know the line, yes?
Anyway, one day I noticed some person had the tag of "Writer", it caught my eye, I Liked it, and I wanted one for me.... as you may have noticed, I like to write... I may not be very good at it but I Like to do it *shrugs*
So I asked, they said, 'oh ya, just join this forum and you too can be a "Writer"
So I joined and that was that, out steps 'torbjon - member' and in steps 'torbjon -writer'.
The first thing I noticed about the creative / collaborative writing forum is that it really wasn't very collaborative. It seemed very isolated and individual to me... people would submit stuff, there would be a lotta 'atta boys' and back patting and praises, but as far as actual 'collaboration' in an effort to create a truly beautiful or meaningful artistic expression goes? I never really saw any of that.
They had some little contests for points and 'badges' from time to time. Occasionally someone (mod) would toss a concept out that we were supposed to build upon... real little league stuff, writing 101 kinda thing, ya know?
So I submitted some stuff. Nothing fancy... high school stuff, really. Then one day I submitted this story:http://www.torbtown.com/wet_dream.html
Pretty generic, right? Nothing to fancy there, maybe a giggle or two *shrugs*
So, I'm reading my 'atta boy' replies, and I'm reading the mods reply, and obviously I don't have the Exact Quote for you, but the gist of it was he / she (can't remember which mod it was but suspect it was Masqua) said that they had their finger hovering over the Delete button the entire time they were reading it! *LAUGHS!* Really, it was too risqué for them...
But they left it. In the end they decided that it was Okay...
So, more time goes by, then another contest / challenge comes up... real generic. We've all had them... it was the type where the 'teacher' tosses a concept line out there and you have to incorporate it into your story. I don't remember the exact concept line but it was something like "the wolves howled in the distance and I..." Write something incorporating that concept, 250 words or less, due at the end of the week.
Since is was so short and so simple and I really didn't think anything of it, I just whipped it out right then and there inside of ats (normally I do my writing Outside of the forum, save a copy, and cut and paste my work in, but this time I didn't... which was my mistake and my downfall)
The story I wrote was the flip side of the above linked story... the bears' point of view.
YES, it did indeed have the words "pink", "lick" and "salty" in it *shrugs* so what?
I then went and poked around ats for a while, I think a I made a few posts out in open forum...
Then I get this U2U saying my recent post has been DELETED.
'huh?' thunk I.
I go check it out...
Turns out Maqua just up and axed the thing.
In a Collaborative Fiction Forum.
NO discussion of edits.
Just WHACK, straight to the trash can.
So, ya, sure, I sent the guy a note, and asked Why did you Trash that?
To wit he replied, rather tersely 'you Know why'
My clever reply was 'um, no, not really, 'splain it to the dumb white guy, will ya?'
THAT was when I discovered the little ha ha I had written was PORN *rolls eyes*
He was pretty snooty about it, too.
So, being just as snooty in return I asked if he could salvage the thing outta the trash so I could edit it for Disney.
He said no, he was busy, don't bother him, go away, and more snootyness.
I said screw that noise. At that time Springer and I were on pretty good speaking terms so I sent Him a note, said this was Whack, could He salvage the thing outta the trash so I could Disneyfy the thing.
Springer did NOT get back to me. Instead I got some dude whose name eludes me but whose title does not as I had never seen that title before.
So, I'm chatting with Super Mod, asking if HE could salvage the thing so I can do an edit...
He says he's read it, it's porn, it can't be posted, I'm an evil nasty vile wicked person...
Right, fine, whatever, Obviously folks over there have access to the trash but so far NOBODY has given me a copy of the oh so evil porn back, so I'm getting More than a little miffed and doing absolutely Nothing to hide the fact.
That's when Super Mod dude crossed the line.
He accused me of being drunk.
Unbeknownst to Super Mod I've been on the wagon for over 20 years now.
LAST thing you do to an ex alchy is accuse them of falling off the wagon.
So I Reamed him for that. Hard. Both Barrels. Had that exchange been in real life one of us (either he or me) would be fish food now. No ifs ands or buts about it.
THAT got me my post ban *sighs*
Mod and Super Mod BOTH are disrespectful pricks but I get the post ban, how cool is that? *laughs*
That was the beginning of the end for me over there. *shrugs* Not that I lose sleep over it or anything *grins*
Anyway, thanks for asking AD... I don't know about that other persons porn blog over there, but I'm Sure it's very tame compared to the little 250 word salt lick story I churned out for the non-collaborative writing forum.
Good night, good luck, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Expendable Guy. The show is no good without them.