Due to the ...explosive nature of the site gaining national (and in some cases, international) attention earlier this year, we thought it was best we take it down for a short time. There were a lot of factors that went into this decision, but we ultimately feel it's better to put the site back up, because, as the old adage goes, "Fuck the haters".
But down to brass tacks. Some changes for the time being:
- Disabled comments. For a site like this, there really is no need to have open comments, as they generally materialize into three categories: Praise, derision, or pointless arguing. You can blame the last two for taking away the comment section -- the site is made to be enjoyed, and the comments often take away from that. If you can't enjoy it, GTFO.
- Identity protection measures/covering faces. However, this will only be for those who are submitting or friends with the submitter in the pictures. Due to some who took it upon themselves to try and get submitters fired or in legal trouble, this has been an unfortunate recourse. Someone getting in trouble for merely taking a picture in public is unacceptable. However, this protection is not granted to those who take it upon themselves to black out in public. Being in the public sphere, they deserve no inherent identity protection, as far as we are concerned.
- While we won't tell you what to do, we recommend that you try not to take pictures "posing over" blackouts (especially with the peace-sign, however tempting it might be). Many Koreans seem to view this as a sign of severe disrespect, as if you are highlighting some sort of "victory" over the drunken person passed out on the pavement, who clearly deserves the utmost social honors (walking over them and ignoring them completely).
Other than these, the site will pretty much be exactly the same. If you would like to help us, try to make your pictures more "artsy" --- in many cases, blackouts are truly that: A work of art. We want this site to be a testament to the tradition of Korean blackouts, not a site fostering hatred and racism, on either side of the fence.
-Black Out Korea