I'm sure you've been reading my posts about the Tor debacle over the past days. It's time for action, and I'd be very grateful if each of you would please help by sending one e-mail separately to three different addresses tomorrow.
Vox Day came up with the idea. Note that I'm not one of his 'Rabid Puppies' or 'minions'. I'll simply take allies where I can get them, thank you very much! I'm aware that some SJW's regard him as being in league with the Devil. To that I can only make common cause with Winston Churchill: "If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons." So, Vox, this is my best Churchillian imitation!
Comments from two Tor employees indicated that some SJW's there (and elsewhere, although some of those sources have since been deleted) were blaming many of the e-mails sent to Tor and Macmillan (its US managing company) on 'bots': artificially generated complaints that didn't come from real people. In response, Vox has asked his readers to do the following:
It is time to prove to Macmillan that the senior SJWs at Tor are lying to them by sending ONE email apiece to the following people on MONDAY morning. (Emphasis added as a result of already seeing emails in my inbox.) Send the emails separately, do not CC them or send out one email to the three email addresses at the same time. The point is to make it clear that you are NOT a bot, you are a human being, and therefore the people at Tor Books are lying to their superiors at Macmillan.
The three emails should be short, straightforward, polite, and respectful. It should have I AM A REAL PERSON in the subject, CC voxdayATgmail.com, and address the following points:
- I am a real person and not a bot.
- I do not approve of the behavior of the senior people at Tor Books, specifically Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Moshe Feder, and Irene Gallo.
- . . .
- I request a response to confirm that my email has been received and read.
Something to that effect, anyway. There is no need to mention any possibility of a boycott, tell them how many books you buy in a year, or anything else. The people at Macmillan are smart, they are professional, and they know what is at stake.
There's more at the link. Vox is also asking his readers to request the resignation or dismissal of 'guilty parties', but I'm not going to go that far. If you want to, of course, you'll find more information at his blog.
I'd be very grateful indeed if each of you, dear readers, would please do as requested above. In particular, please send three SEPARATE e-mails rather than a single one to three addresses. Send each e-mail to one of the addresses Vox provides, and please CC each of those e-mails to him (so he can calculate how many were sent, and we can judge the strength of the campaign). If you'd rather not copy an e-mail to him, for whatever reason, please feel free to CC it to me instead, at bayourenaissancemanATgmail.com . I can tally the numbers here and pass them to him, if that's what you'd prefer.
What we want to achieve is to demonstrate conclusively to Tor and to its parent company, Macmillan, that our concerns are genuine, and that we're real people, not bots. If they receive e-mails composed as outlined above, and we can demonstrate that we know (from CC'ed copies with ISP addresses) just how many were sent, this should disprove the 'bot' allegation once and for all (particularly if all the e-mails are sent on one day). Just think of the impact if Tor and Macmillan get a couple of thousand of them! It's bound to make them sit up and take notice.
I'll be personally very grateful to you, dear readers, if you'll please help us get our point across. Thanks in advance.