(I was in the process of posting this when Andy closed that other thread. I think it is something that needs to be brought up though, and not so we can all argue over it but so we can consider it and perhaps come to conclusions about the way we all participate on this board. Maybe even helpful solutions. I dunno. I just think ending a "discussion" in the state the other was ended in doesn't promote healthy interaction and results in subsequent bad mojo down the line. I definitely understand why Andy closed that other thread down though, out of hand is out of hand. So, please, if you want to respond, do so in a helpful manner with "benefit of the doubt" stamped firmly at the front of your mind.)
I think that all this... I dunno, emotion over these differences has been simmering here for awhile now. Mainly I think that is because on one level there's this "we're all friends here" vibe that gets propogated about, then there's the other level. That's the level where, in fact, we are all not friends here. We're drawn to this "internet community" by certain interests that we do tend to have in common. Politics, morality, sexuality, religion, are not those things. But those are things that more often than not have a higher priority in our minds and hearts, and probably define who we are to a greater degree, than our common love of gaming and games of various sorts.
This is a public place. Very little is required to gain entry. Which makes it all the more important and tricky to maintain an atmosphere of open arms and welcome for everyone that shares the interests this particular internet community is about.
I originally posted in this thread in a lighthearted manner to show how I felt about the original thread topic. I probably should have not posted at all. Regardless, while I don't in any way support being censored or anything else that removes a person's right of expression, things like civility, politeness, and consideration of others are a necessity for a community like this. That goes for givers as well as the giver-backers. That whole two wrongs don't make a right thing.
So, I hope at least something useful comes out of this besides bad feelings and such. We will never all be friends here, but we can at least be respectful of each other as human beings while interacting in this small circle of interest we all share.