That’s a little short-sighted, I think. People can’t just pack up and move on a whim. People also can’t just change a government as they please.
People trying to move countries need time, money,… and BOTH government’s approval. My wife is Chinese. In order to come to Canada, she needed the approval of her government (in the form of granting a passport) and the approval of my government (in the form of visa and residence permit). The passport is generally fast, but the residence permit takes a long time (for Canada, up to 13 months) and has strict requirements (things like needing a sponsor, having adequate funds available, medicals and background checks of the last 10 years of your and every family member’s life).
I also didn’t hear the OP complaining about China (it’s not just China… many other countries have various forms of censorship too), but about how website designers/developers sometimes forget that we do live in the 21st century and if it’s online, it might be used by people from all over the world.
It feels to me like you’ve placed blame on @jon for his current circumstance instead of thinking about how to be more inclusive. That would be like telling a blind person or a person with disabilities that it’s their fault they can’t use your website instead of building accessibility and inclusion into your site. Or (more likely) telling the majority of your users that they need to upgrade their browsers in order to use your site (how long did we fight with IE6 in order to include those users?).
Evan Hensleigh puts it: “Edge cases de ne the boundaries of who [and] what you care about”. They demarcate the border between the people you’re willing to help and the ones you’re comfortable marginalizing. —Designing for Real Life
Some things we can work around. Others we can change entirely. But it’s up to the designers and developers to decide what’s important. In the case of fCC, they’ve encouraged the use of western social media while not enforcing it… allowing anyone to get in on the fun.
I hope anyone reading this thread takes away that it’s our job, not the users’, to create systems that work for as many different groups of users as we can.