Originally Posted by Agent Kang
By censorship I meant a systematic means of restricting the freedom of expression. I, and I'm sure some others may agree, will think twice about posting any comment that may be taken as controversial about a vendor/product knowing the perceived reaction it will cause here. That in itself; the suppression of member expression by such coerce means, is itself a form of CENSORSHIP.
Hmmm...so let me see if I understand....
There is a "systematic means of restricting freedom of expression", eh? How?? Are you privy to some kind of behind-the-scenes maneuvering going on here? Have any posts been deleted? Offending members speaking "truth" to power banned? Thrown anyone in the gulag?
It seems to me that what you want is the "freedom" to pop off in any irresponsible manner in which you choose, without the discomfort of having someone call you out. That's not how life works, and if you choose to call that censorship you've got some pretty naive and wrong-headed notions about what censorship really is.
I'll say this again: what MOST of the people in this thread are clearly tweaked about is the use of this site as a soapbox to air dirty laundry without giving the vendor the courtesy of an opportunity to do something to make things right. That strikes many of us as unfair, and we certainly have the right to say something about it, don't we??
The use by you of the word censorship in this context is not a lot different than the use of nazi in similar arguments - it's intended to simply end all debate about a matter of contention. I mean, is not your invoking the charge of censorship in itself a systematic means for silencing an opposing point of view? By your own standard, is this not ALSO censorship?
No, this is NOT in fact censorship, but rather the opposite - the free expression of ideas...that you apparently don't like. That's life...