Is it lost on Viners that the same people who created the stunningly Orwellian Code of Honor are the same people who had to be dragged into court to pay their contributors money they had converted to their own use?
Having conducted a truly unscientific study on the Vine, I note that a number of folks have been sent on a Vinecation for daring to identify liars. If the point of aggregating information is keep a torch lit to aid in the search for truth, it is imperative that we do not allow a misbegotten interpretation of "honor" to douse the torch. Identifying liars is quite helpful, if for no other reason than it stanches frustration and saves time.
Truth is the bedrock on which our nation is built. That is demonstrated in myriad ways in our Constitution. Somehow, we have allowed wholesale libel and slander into debates and pretended they are worthy of the same weight as truth. Folks, slander and libel is hurtful and dangerous on many levels and if you don't understand that, well, that's why we have right-wing nations on the Vine. You can find a home there.
Vine censors have decided that identifying a liar by name is a personal attack. As a hypothetical, imagine a poster repeatedly insisting that Planned Parenthood is taking food off his table. That is demonstrably false, and after having been shown conclusive proof this is false, the poster continues to spew such falsehoods. Why continue to treat him as though his words deserve the same weight as the truth? Posed another way, one might ask how is a lie equal to the truth in value. It is not equal. The liar deserves to be exposed.
So it is with the poster who tells us of his interests in various and sundry businesses. He seeks to create an aura of expertise, but has included information that shows him to be a liar. Who benefits from maintaining the fiction that this poster is nothing more than a liar? This is not a personal attack. It is a fact.
To speak to a similar point, if we are to pretend a liar is not a liar, even as he or she repeats a lie after having been apprised of the truth, are we not justified in concluding this person is simply stupid? Forget playground pejorative "stupid", and understand the depth and breadth of what it really means to be stupid. For instance, it is simply untenable to claim you are pro-life while calling for defunding of Planned Parenthood, even as you advocate carpet bombing in foreign countries. No sir, you're just plain stupid.
Time to take a serious look at the Newsvine Code of Honor. Oh yeah. I still don't have my check.