Re: So dead here...May 20th, 2007
Are we to understand that loyalty to one forum is mandatory when signing on to a place? Even if some days there are no discussions of interest and we start surfing. Some days I have posted many topics hoping for discussion, but what I enjoy seems of little interest here unless I am doing one-liners and complimenting others for their great ideas.
I have three or four places I visit, post less than I did here at CanCon - and am presently hoping another new forum gets through its agonizing birth due to some hostilities which erupted almost at its inception.
It should be my decision and choice for variety - nothing else.
The new place seems settled now but when I return here I feel I should not post here because I am breaking some unspoken rule. As long as I refrain from negative commentary about any forums would there be a problem? Should there be a problem? A closed society loyal to one only?
Dictatorship should be non-existent on the internet - often our primary source of free speech - public forums - seems to be evolving into a very strictly run, authoritarian mode.
This would be fine if public forums were limited to specific expertise in subject data, but for general conversation, it seems a bit over the top.
I guess forum life is what you need on an individual basis, but limiting one's freedom to explore all 'houses of chat'....seems self defeating.
Constraints actually in real life inhibit one's growth in learning how to express through writing and freedom of thought. If a cyber community operates on restriction of free-flowing ideas, the anxiety level increases, thus cutting of the desire to contribute.
The expectation that one is going to cross over the line is fully delinated when signing on to a forum - which seems a particularly uninviting and negative approach to the high expection that people who join will behave in that manner. Therefore some will. Others will feel the desire to challenge and see how far the rules can be stretched.
I find it demeaning to adults who desire a few hours of companionship and exchange with like-minded people have to pass through all the creative behavioural instructions of things which most of us never realized could actually happen. It's like visiting a restaurant and asking everyone to stand up and swear an oath they will not dance on the table.