While UK voters are at odds over Brexit spare a thought for the deaf people relying on their own BSL output to make sense of what is going on.
Apparently, only one 'UK' site really exists to inform them, and that is a travesty of free speech, abysmal moderation and wholesale manipulation of posts and people to promote just one view, that of the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union, and some smart-alec deafie claiming to know more than anyone else in the country. There is no objection to any deafie producing a site with that in mind, but to suggest it is something else is a fraud and misinforming deaf people.
Posters using vlogs in BSL also not making their view accessible to other posters on the same site keeping ignorance 'in the family' I call it. Using primarily English grammar and text approaches yet claiming this discriminates against deaf people, so, why are THEY doing it then? The deaf cannot get involved in political or topical debates, they lack the knowledge, they know their own area up to a point and what they need, but Brexit itself is a hugely complicated affair even to hearing people.
If 650 MP's haven't a clue and 100s of Lawyers to advise, what chance do the deaf have of following it all? So it's just cut and paste from wherever and adding the moderators take on it, little or nothing at all from the 'deaf' view at all. 9 people talking to themselves mostly. Just four moderators exist, all there to disrupt or oppose any post that challenges the site Remit/claim of free speech and accurate information without bias. Which is said to be a 'free and open forum' to inform deaf people about the issues of Brexit. It's long since descended into name-calling and wholesale bans of people and edited out comments.
People who wanted to leave the European Union were called racists, liars, homophobic, stupid, uninformed, anti-migrants, and worse who stuck to their guns. The primary site owner is a well known deaf egotist who is 'always right' and everyone else is wrong because they are too stupid to understand the issues like he does, he and his cabal continue to post 'Truth' in a format few BSL people will understand.
Site moderation on free speech surely demands moderators are without bias? not using their collective 'clout' to dive in when another moderator has lost the point or indeed the whole plot to then support it. It was pointed out day one you CANNOT establish a politically neutral site it has never existed anywhere. Debates that are pro, as well as con toward Brexit, are bombarded with 'Fact' (which is just 'opinion' taken from other sites online), primarily the sites that support the remain in Europe view. There is no Deaf site in the united kingdom putting balance, and no hearing ones either. UK Media is completely discredited it's all viewed pretty much bias or fake.
Recently, some commentators have started to counter poor moderation and the bias being exhibited. Moderators are insisting 'we have a view too', they are perfectly entitled to one, but, holding the privileged position of being able to ban and block input, they abuse that to promote those views and use them to dispute other people's, this suggests they should NOT be moderators. Are deaf being served? They are treated as the vulnerable and uninformed they are and relying on 'more able' deaf to inform them, who in turn are using quite sophisticated means to ensure only one message is getting through even if it means depriving them of the signed or text means to follow or posting technical details/statistics deaf can't follow (Or the moderators if their comments are anything to go by)..
They abuse the very deaf people they claim to be trying to inform. Site members have started to realise what is going on and started blocking the site moderators themselves, who it is felt are abusing moderation power, this has obviously angered them stating anyone that does gets removed. Recently members have started blocking each other instead, I don't like your view so I block myself being able to see it. The online equivalent of rose coloured glass wearing. You get a shed load of deaf members in little islands of ignorance talking to themselves. I can only see what I agree with so that's OK. This is how deaf 'democracy' works, all for one or all for the clique. Every put down by the mod gets plaudits from their mates and fellow moderators.
About the sole plus of this site is that all these biased agitators are confined to that site, (none could survive anywhere else). ATR would urge we ensure these idiots never get a chance outside their closed and ridiculous facade of a site to get anyone else to listen to them. There is no such thing as a 'neutral' forum, by definition it has to allow those who don't agree to provide balance, and they aren't doing that. Perhaps they could learn from the BSL mafioso who tried a blog UK Aggregate? that vanished in weeks because they tried blocking everyone they didn't like? Or those who lined up to bring down the RNID charity forum? Who set out to deny access to other deaf people even if it meant their support would be affected?
Hell hath no fury than these BSL scorned apparently, but clearly, these are able deaf who DON'T rely on BSL and are well educated also. They become big fish in minor 'Deaf' pools deluded by their own fantasies but sadly running many 'Deaf' awareness campaigns that cannot succeed. It's true what they say, we just don't have the people to move the deaf community forward and we DON'T want people like these doing it either.