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Vol. 37 of 37
May 26, 2024 4:35 AM UTC

omg.lol’s People Principles

When you sign up for and use a service, especially a paid service like omg.lol, you should know what you’re supporting. Companies shouldn’t try to hide who they are or what they stand for. You shouldn’t have to dig around for that information. Ideally every company would put it all out there, clearly and openly, for all to see. People should be able to make informed decisions about how they spend their money using readily-available information.

And because I believe this firmly, I’m going to lead by example and put our own people principles out there, right here:

omg.lol supports LGBTQ people. It doesn’t matter what body parts you have or who you love—you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You’re a person. Our community will always support and defend LGBTQ people, and we do not tolerate people or organizations who hold themselves to any lesser standard. Because of this, we’ll never use the services of companies like Cloudflare.

omg.lol supports neurodiversity. We all think differently, but many people have unique brains that make them think even more differently. These differences should be celebrated, not scorned. And no one should ever be made to feel like less of a person because of the way their brain works. We’ll always provide a safe space for neurodivergent people to be themselves.

omg.lol supports women. Most men are completely ignorant to the kinds of things that women have to put up with on a daily basis. Especially women in tech, who are far more likely to be ignored, disrespected, diminished, dismissed, or belittled. Not in our space, though. We’ll never tolerate anyone mistreating or disrespecting women in any way.

omg.lol is anti-racist. It’s the 21st freaking century. You either get it or you don’t, and if you don’t, well, good luck and goodbye. There is absolutely no room for discrimination on the basis of race. Because of this, we’ll never use the services of companies like 37signals.

omg.lol supports people with disabilities. One in five people have some kind of disability. Some you can see, and some you can’t. People with disabilities often have to fight—a lot—just to have the same kinds of experiences that others take for granted. And much of the time, they have to wage that daily battle while enduring mistreatment from people and ableist policies alike. We’ll always provide a caring and accessible community for people with disabilities.

omg.lol supports independent creators. We love the creativity, humor, and artistry that real people bring to the web. We want you to be yourself and do your thing, and to do it for yourself and others who enjoy your work. Not for the bot armies that relentlessly harvest your efforts and feed your stuff into AI models with zero permission, recognition, or compensation. Because of this, we’ll never use the services of companies like OpenAI.

These are our people principles, and you can like them or lump them. omg.lol is run by a Gen X cishet white guy (me), and many of these principles are contrary to those held by the stereotypical members of that demographic, but this particular Gen X cishet white guy knows the difference between right and wrong and will always land on the side of what is right, true, and fair. I may not be perfect 100% of the time, but I’m always going to keep trying.

I share these principles to be transparent about omg.lol’s attitudes and beliefs about certain core aspects of what it means to be human. It may seem like there’s some virtue signaling going on here, but that’s not my intention in sharing this. I want you to know what omg.lol stands for, because as a paying or prospective member, you have a right to know.

If there are other principles that you’d like to know about, feel free to ask.