shinyblue - 1:48 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think that having draconian policies draws curmudgeonly audiences. the kind of people you attract here are the kind that are rulebound and like to shut others down. more freedom means more spam overhead, but it also leads to a sense of ease and a quality of friendliness that this forum just doesn't have. and as we can see from social media, friendliness is the future.
saying that the rules curtails spam ignores the real cost in curtailing ease, clarity, user-friendliness, and accessibility.
i'd much rather put up with the occassional spam post then feel like i am being watched by the link gestapo. it's just not fun to worry about that when i'm posting something. it's a pain in the neck too, when i'm trying to understand someone's post but they can't post the actual URL. this is the internet for chrissake, the URL is the bedrock of utility here. just give it to me!