Where It All Began
is a large gay news site which hosts articles and forums focusing
on a wide variety of issues. Until recently, the bulk of the DomLijah
discussion took place at Data Lounge, and most of the more bizarre
rumors and distortions of fact originated there. It is important
to note, however, that the DomLijah True Believers are not
representative of Data Lounge as a whole. DL regulars were in fact
so unhappy with the never-ending and increasingly more bizarre DomLijah
discussions that they were sequestered to the Prancing Pony section
of the site (which was not linked anywhere from DL's main pages).
As one DL regular phrased it: "Please, PLEASE, don't call these
people DL'ers. They're not... They're just ... obsessive fans who
took an unwilling forum hostage" (entire post here).
At the end of April 2003, the DL Powers That Be banned the forum altogether, citing the extended flame wars and excessive "troll baiting." Within a few hours a thread about the banning was started on the main forum, replete with typical True Believer paranoia - posts blaming the PR contingent, Sean Astin and homophobic fangirls popped up almost immediately. A few posters claimed that DL had long been angling for a payoff to shut down the threads, and New Line/WB had finally acquiesced as the content was getting too dangerous. This was interspersed with comments from other DL regulars along the lines of It's about time and Oh, god, does this mean the crazies are going to start trolling in the main thread now?
MsAllegro, one of the chief True Believers, responded to the banning by creating a new forum on ezboard, Data Lounge Refugees, to house the former DL-PP threads. While it remains to be seen how this move will change the tone of the discussion, it stands to reason that voices of dissent will be completely silenced. It is a longstanding DL/PP tradition to brand as a troll anyone who doubts the absolute truth of anything the True Believers have decided is a fact, and this practice will no doubt continue at DLR. While the forum still allows anonymous posting, as moderator MsA now has the ability to track IP addresses and ban anyone who dares to doubt the True Believer gospel.
The Reality Check section of Sanity Please refers repeatedly to Data Lounge-Prancing Pony/Data Lounge Refugees (DL-PP/DLR). Most of the claims referenced on this site occurred on DL-PP, but since all activity has relocated to DLR and many of the faithful have already put in appearances, there's little reason to doubt that the same behavior will continue, minus the voices of reason who occasionally popped up at DL/PP. Only time, however, will tell.
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