June 20th 2010 6:44 pm
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Let's not burn Mr. Ted and Catster at the stake just yet. Have you ever tried to make a living from running a website? I know I haven't. I don't think Mr. Ted or the other 13 employees are getting rich. And as much computer talent as they have I'm sure they could find more lucrative jobs.
I've checked out the moarrawr site and while I don't like it and certainly would not visit it I don't think it is fair to say it promotes animal violence or death. I've watched National Geographic shows that were worse, except for the crude, idiotic captions on the moarrawr site. I've also seen pictures on cheezburger and stuffonmycat that I disliked as much. It is not like it is showing pictures of cruel humans gleefully torturing animals.
I choose to believe that Mr. Ted and the majority of the rest of the Catster/Dogster employees truly do care about animals and about us. Read Mr. Ted's latest update here: Update if you haven't already.
As I said on Nuk's diary, the reaction of some of the Catster community to the changes on Catster have reminded me of the scene from the movie "The Ten Commandments" where Moses has been up on the mountain a little too long for his followers to handle and they all go nuts and build the golden calf and forget all that he has done for them. I'm certainly not saying that Mr. Ted is Moses. Please don't jump on me for the biblical reference! I'm just saying that they have, as he says in his latest update, put a LOT of effort into keeping trolls and nasty people off of this site and making it a friendly, caring and informative community. And it saddens me to see members of that community turn on them so quickly when they screw up.
If I found out Catster promoted crush videos or something akin to that I would be out of here in one second (well perhaps a bit longer because no pages load in one second... *trying to interject a bit of humor) I almost raced over here to delete the kids' pages when I first got the word on FB that Catster was owner of sites that "promote animal violence and death." But fortunately I took a little time to check things out.
You know, some folks live for drama. I do not. I have enough drama in my real life. The "let's all jump on Catster HQ" campaign is not something I have the energy or the heart for. I hope that all of you, too, will devote your energies to the things you do so well, rescuing cats, finding cats homes, campaigning against REAL animal abuse, etc.
In the current "War Against Catster" I declare myself a conscientious objector.
*steps off soapbox and resolves to bite tongue in the future*
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I agree with you, Julia. While I think that other site has some gross photos and pretty stupid and unfunny (is that a *real* 7 letter word? Bingo!) captions, in my opinion it does not appear to "promote animal violence and death." I, too, declare myself a conscientious objector to this recent issue.
Molly (Lucy's mom)
Certainly I am never one to leap to conclusions and did also use our "tools" to check for ourselves domain ownership - which was listed as Dogster.Inc
Went next to check out the site for ourselves...
Guess what we saw?
For the site "in question" trying to enter now displays this message....
This blog has been archived or suspended.
Nuk - I'm sure it was only suspended because it was discovered by some Catster members, which just tells me they aren't too proud of it, or don't want more of us seeing it.
I know it takes big bucks to run a site like this, but surely there is a way to bring in money without having to create a website like moarrawr. We saw the site before it was taken down - sure, some of the photos were "nature" type photos, but just because it happens in nature doesn't mean it should be plastered on some website. And of course, the captions are sometimes crude. Animal death - either through accidents, from the hands of man, or survival of the fittest - is something we avoid entirely!
Error 6 - I'd like to avoid this entirely too!
Well said! I think that Mr. Ted really cares for all of us, which is why the site surprised me. I didn't care for it, but I also know I don't have to visit it.
As for the drama, I couldn't agree more! I work a stressful job, so I like to come to Catster for fun and smiles. All the anger has me stressed out and anxious, which I know is bad for me. I just want kitties to get along!
And please don't ever feel like you need to bite your tongue. I know I haven't made a lot of friends with my inabiltiy to censor my opinions, but sometimes these things need to be said!
Tiffany (Mo's mom)
P.S. I liked your "Ten Commandments" reference, and the comment about page loading time cracked me up!
thanks for this, Julia. Well said.
@ Samoa... I will not debate on Edgar's diary.
Closest diary entry to how we feel, Edgar.
@ Nuk - sorry if I sounded like I was debating - I merely meant to comment on why I thought the site was taken down.
Nuk and Samoa, I love you both and you are free to debate on my diary. But it is probably not the most visible forum for debate and debate is a good thing.
(((((hugs))))) headbonks & purrrs,
Great diary entry Julia (Edgar's Mommy). We totally agree with you. We have been getting very tired of the community negativity here and that has been more of a turnoff than anything else. That is what is taking the fun away. We came here to have fun!
Zack & Zoey
and Mommy Judy
Mum and I went to have a look at it and we got the suspended screen too. Julia you have a very balanced view of this and we share your view as there are websites on the web that have less than desirable content but you don't have to look at it. It's your right to look at it but it's also your choice not to. It's your choice. We can't keep going Ted for everything he does. If there is no money there no catster.
Nicely said Julia!
Couldn't agree more!
Julia, I fully agree with your post. I work one of the most stressful jobs around and my boss is a cynical so and so and very demanding. I have enough drama in my life because of that and my bad knee locks up every day. That's enough stress and worry for me to handle. Going onto Catster was always fun. I look forward to it. and there never used to be all this negativity. I don't know how it all started and wish it would end. Lastly, I'm not letting the negativity sway me away from Catster. I want fun after a long hard day at work. I'm sure Ted cares about us too.
Barb (Sampy's Mom)
I will say one thing. Always check out rumors YOURSELF like Julia did. Don't take for fact things coming down the rumor mill. I find this a good rule of thumb in life, politics and love. All in all I have a great deal of respect for the people I have met on Catster and I love their kids. Every group has a few rotten apples and as for Ted if I have a problem I direct it to him.
Elise & Genny's Mommy
Thanks Julia, really well said and I couldn't agree more.
I am sick of all the drama. All the pouncing on Ted!
(Love your bible reference~ humor and all!)
How may owners of websites give out their personal cell number?
He is listening and trying to fix things.
I know moarrawr is gone but let's say it wasn't? Is anybody forcing us click on sites we don't want to visit? As Ka-zar
said, we always have a choice!
Love and bonks
Milo and mom, Eva