a reply to: Slayer
If you genuinely prefer the chans, to this place, then you are welcome to go there instead and no one would judge you for it. My personal preference
is to be here, on this site, as part of this community. Many of us make no secret of who we are, do not require that our identities be entirely
protected in order to deflect negative attention from governments and companies (the difference between which, is of course becoming very much more
difficult to discern, as time wears on). This community derives its strength not from anonymity exclusively, but in unity of purpose. We may disagree
with one another (which is healthy, and is part of what makes this place so educational to be a part of), but we are all here under a banner of the
denial of ignorance, and that makes us one, even when we are divided.
There are restrictions, that is true. However, if you look at the subjects that are being censored, if you must think of it that way, then you will
note that the vast majority have to do with the discussion of PERSONAL USE of illicit pharmaceuticals, or basically ammount to some form of hate
speech. Other than that, there are actually very few potential discussion points which are entirely vetoed. The personal use issues which are
prohibited for discussion here, are prohibited because of the need to preserve a certain level of validity and usefulness in discussions on the site.
If every conversation on related topics, devolves into a series of monographs on rolling techniques, in the case of weed discussion for example, then
the site, understandably, will suffer a complete collapse in terms of how well respected it is, and how useful the contributions from members will
On the subject of hate speech, my attitude is that if one cannot voice a given opinion here, because it is considered too extreme for THIS place,
then the chances are that there is something wrong with ones opinion in the first place. That might not be a popular thought to take for a walk, but
there it is. Hate speech, and those who wish to indulge in anything that can even be loosely termed as such, is not something I want to see here. Even
as it is right now, there are those abroad on the site whose attitudes clearly border on the xenophobic, but the more cancerous of their prattle is
curtailed by the Terms and Conditions, and so it damned well should be. There is nothing benificial to be gained by freeing people to indulge their
psychological weaknesses, which all xenophobia surely is.
Put it this way...
If there is something you believe needs discussing, that cannot be discussed here, then rather than flamming the site, why not try re-thinking your