Et tu Leaderboard?
Yeah, there's some funny business going on with substack. I've actually had stuff censored and deleted, and I'd like to know what's going on. I hope you get to the bottom of things. (not the ratings, but ... well, you know)
As a side note (and personal disclaimer - my tin foil hat may be on too tight), I've wondered if substack was set up as a "place of refuge" from all the other censored platforms so that all the content can be easily herded/tracked in one place, rather than scattered about in different areas. It would be so easy for everyone to establish a presence there, and then nuke it all in one fell swoop by blocking DNS requests to the domain. (ie, "substack was never there")
Fortunately you don't need a leader board for the world to know you shine. Like a rock star, folks know you by your first name. You are handling all the celebrity beautifully and modestly.
That is so odd... However, you are my #1 Substack person I read because I feel like I learn so much from you. Thanks for always putting your high level research and findings into lay terms for us! Your articles keep me sane. Angry, yes. But knowing I’m not alone in this “crazy abuse of power world” has been a definite life-saver. I bow down to you in humble gratitude.
Like the "Sudden deaths" and "Sudden Illnesses" .... "Sudden Substack Deboosting" is real... and unexplainable by any scientific means.
I think they got uncomfortable with so many of the leaders being filthy "anti-vaxxers".
They created a new category "health-politics".
Don'cha know? Vax isn't "Science" anymore, it's "Politics"
I no longer get your emails as of 5 days ago. Neither Malone nor McCullough and others. We’re trying everthing to get them back. We’re in Canada.
The same folks who found so much utility in manipulating FB and Twitter could not possibly be expected to keep their hands off other platforms, once those platforms started being used to disseminate information they didn't like. Take note. Adjust expectations accordingly. Any communication mediated by an electronic entity that you don't control, will be subject to this problem. No power broker would voluntarily leave such a tool sitting in the toolbox.
You’ll always be at the top of my list, Sunshine!
We are all using a military based military made online platform, (the whole internet) so.....'je n'est pas suprise'......that they don't want certain voices to be heard. I think we might be suckers for thinking it will improve.
You are being "Sparred." IMO.
Canceled. Muzzled. Controlled. Shadow banned. Downgraded.
But those of us smart enough are going to find you, however it is neccessary to do so!!
I suppose you're just unacceptable...
If Substack is not being bought out, perhaps they are naively giving into pressure, assuming it will let up.
you’ll always be #1 on my leaderboard Jessica.
Keep fighting the good fight!
Count your lucky stars Jessica. I tagged my Substack for Music and Culture (why only two choices? Byte shortage or something?) and don't appear anywhere on their leader or loser boards. Apparently, the only way to find me is when I post something and people click on my byline. I don't mind actually, since I set out to be obscure based on a personal philosophy I won't discuss for the same reason. Still, I'd be interested to know if it's just flaky software (very likely) or because I present Russian and Islamic culture in a favourable light.
Not long ago I got a 7 day punt from one of Substack's promotional articles on how to build an audience. Questioned the author's impartiality on vaccine issues based on her former employment at the CDC. Never got a reply when I objected, so was it Substack's policy, or just a rogue monitor recently laid off from Twitter? Guess I'll never know. Didn't undermine my confidence though because I never had any to begin with. These guys have been up to their neck in alligators from day one, even if they didn't set out to drain the swamp.
My advice is don't get too attached to this medium. I think the founders had good intentions, but free speech wasn't at the top of their list. That came up later as a result of the content, and quite frankly, if they didn't see that coming then they're not very astute. Have they stuck to their guns? More or less I suppose, but pressure can be brought to bear from all sorts of different directions, and that's inevitably going to increase as they grow in size and reach.
Consider that as a constant and don't get too settled in. It's that centre that Yeats told us 'cannot hold.' On a positive note, that applies to 'them' as well as us. Their centre cannot hold either, so the question is, who is better adapted to change? Those with large sunk costs to defend, or the more flexible among us who can adapt to the new media dynamic?
Remember, change occurs at the margin, so don't be too discourage by being marginalized. That's a sign that you're making progress.
I hope Substack isn’t doing what others have done and throttled pages that go against Government narratives down.
That said, I wouldn’t put it past certain 3 letter government agencies, and their NGO accomplices, to create new science newsletters or add new/fake subscribers to other newsletters that go WITH the official government narrative just to banish yours from a top 100 list.
Hmmm. I may be reading this incorrectly, but looking at the leaderboard for paid subs it seems that a CDC/FDA parrot called 'Your Local Epidemiologist' is in the top ten. Can such a tedious site really be so popular? Yes, it can be, because basically people who can't think for themselves need to be assured that their visceral adherence to the narrative is fully justified by 'the science'.