I'd like to talk for a few moments about LiveJournal's Abuse Team, who are the first responders when there is a complaint of a legal or otherwise sensitive nature.
The Abuse Team does a hard, thankless, and vitally important job. It's not an exaggeration to say that this service would not exist if a group of dedicated people did not volunteer to be its combination police force and fire department. And what do they get in return for this? Money? Fame? No. They get the emnity of everyone they have to admonish or suspend, and of everyone those people can stir up. And all of those people seem to think that the best way to protest a law is to have all their friends dial 911 at the same time. And they can't respond the way they ought to be able to, because unlike those people they understand concepts like "confidentiality" and "professional ethics".
I, for one, am tired of the fact that you only hear about the Abuse Team when people are bitching about them.
So here's what I'd like to say to the Abuse Team:
Thank you. Thank you for making sure that our communities are not filled with spammers. Thank you for making it so that I can search for other users who share my interests without being exposed to hundreds of pictures of lacerated penises. Thank you for saving peoples' lives when things goes horribly wrong. Thank you for keeping my account from getting broken into. Thank you for not bending over for everyone that wants to use you as a club to beat down someone they don't like. Thank you for eating crap every day so I can tell the world what Lord of the Rings character some website thinks I am.
And if you agree? Copy and paste this entry into your journal. And, if you like, edit what I've said to include your own reasons for thanking the Abuse Team instead of mine. Let them hear something other than complaints for a while.