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CBR Community, previously known as CBR Forums, is the largest active independent comics message board online. As of 2017, it has 69,890 members.
On April 30th 2014, CBR Forums were reset, millions of old posts and tens of thousands of registered user accounts accumulated over the years deleted. The catalyst of the event was a comic book cover critique by Janelle Asselin that attracted harassment.
There has been a negativity and nastiness that has existed on the CBR forums for too long. Two weeks ago, that long-growing ugliness became more pronounced than ever. CBR published an article by guest contributor Janelle Asselin, critiquing the cover to DC Comics’ upcoming “Teen Titans” #1. Some of you liked the article, some of you didn’t. We encouraged readers to share their feedback in the CBR Forums.
Unfortunately, what happened next was unacceptable — so-called “fans” around the Internet, on various message boards and social media, including the CBR Forums, attacked Janelle personally, threatening her with rape and assault. These same “fans” found her e-mail, home address and other personal information, and used it to harass and terrorize her, including an attempted hacking of her bank account.
All over a comic book cover critique. Just think about that for a second.If you’re one of the people who participated in any of these reprehensible acts, my message is simple: You are not welcome anywhere on CBR, and in our opinion, you have no place in the comics industry.
Please understand — I am aware that there was a lot of quality conversation in these forums from a lot of great fans. But the louder, vulgar elements, that weren’t adequately moderated and/or eliminated from this community have corrupted the Forums. I don’t want my name or CBR’s name to in any way be associated with that kind of poison.
Effective immediately, in place of the forums will live the new CBR Community, a discussion area that will still facilitate conversation and debate, however passionate — but will show zero tolerance for intimidation or abuse of all members of the community, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identification. CBR and all areas of its website and operations will be a safe space for all people, of all levels of involvement. We’re starting from scratch, providing everyone with the opportunity to build a new community, together. Rules will be explicit, and once again — we will not tolerate anyone who doesn’t want to abide by them. Jonah Weiland