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I value Webmaster World dearly, and visit many times per day (I don't really leave, in a sense) But I am depressed to see such blatent censorship. The words he choose to use were not profound in their nature.
Your decision to censor me is astounding. Maybe you will kill this post as well. If so , what would YOU like me to say if I am not allowed to say what I want to say?
Why would this thread surface 2 months later?
You are entitled to your opinion about Google, DMOZ, Alta Vista or any other topic, but I don't think it is necessary to start name calling. There are many DMOZ editors who are valued members of WebmasterWorld and who contribute a great deal to these fora. A little decorum and respect wouldn't be out of line.
All said, it was probably calling the DMOZ editors "pigs" that cinched it for me. We're not that keen on moderating name-calling sessions here.
>what would YOU like me to say if I am not allowed to say what I want to say?
No one has ever represented that this is a forum for "free speech" advocates. That's what the terms of service [webmasterworld.com] and the forum charters (Directories Forum seems relevant here [webmasterworld.com]) lay out pretty plainly.
"Opinions" and "free thinking" need not include name calling or other abuses.
To think this all started because some silly website dreamed up some silly meaningless awards -I must be still trying to get over the constant irritation of the media hyped equally meaningless Oscar awards.
Maybe there are decent Dmoz editors and I will apologise to those who are genuine and make an effort but unfortunately I seem to use directories that these wonderful people don't edit. I guess a bad apple or two just makes the rest look rotten.
I'm also sorry if I responded to a 2 month old post as it seems to be a problem for some. I didn't realise there was an expiry date on anything here.
with all my love and affection
>I must be still trying to get over the constant irritation of the media hyped equally meaningless Oscar awards.
pyst, there's certainly ample opportunity on the www for irritation and and strong opinions. There are dozens of blogs going up every day for exactly that purpose, so that people can express themselves about matters such as "meaningless Oscar awards," only adhering to their own rules and those of their web hosts.
Participation and posting privileges at a membership site, however, are contingent on agreeing and adhering to Terms of Service that are established for everyone's benefit. Posting is not a right, it's a privilege. There's a time and a place for everything; it just requires maturity and discernment to distinguish the difference and adapt accordingly.
>Are you are too busy protecting your business relationships to provide a free-thinking information board?
nate, that's been addressed by the previous quotes from our TOS, but let's add another, which is foundational to them all:
Always be respectful of other users, the system, and the moderators. We put the system online in good faith, please use it in good faith.
Free thinking and discussion are most certainly encouraged, but where there is a conflict between free expression and being respecful, respect must and will prevail. That's the underlying concept behind decisions that are made, including whether to edit or not.
The purpose of WmW is more clearly defined by this quote from our main page:
News and discussion for the independent web professional.
That just about says it all. We have members who are indeed seasoned professionals with years of experience as well as newcomers with little experience who have a dream, and we welcome and nurture them along so that if they stay with us, some day they can be professionals. That can only happen by maintaining an environment that's comfortable and productive for all, most particularly an atmosphere of respect that's foundational to good personal as well as business relationships.