Here we go:
Someone starts a thread about ripping MP3s and creating CDs for personal use. I do it myself, having a Yepp MP3 player. Moderator shuts down the thread because he can’t tell the difference between ripping MP3s, file sharing and Intellectual Property Rights violations (hint: You can rip MP3s off CDs you bought, make compilation CDs, make tapes, even copy the lyrics down on a legal pad).
Someone notes that the moderator was in the right because the Chicago reader could get sued. Sued for what, I ask? Can you give me some precedence for this? I get the usual snotty answer from some SDMB regulars, the “look this up” gambit to save someone the trouble of making their own point, but do get some info from one poster. Apparently AOL was sued once to reveral the name of a subscriber. Interesting, not a fucking thing to do with a forum where people can use bogus information and a disposable hotmail account to register. Same goes for the interesting libel issues. I thank poster, but note that’s it’s pretty irrelevant to the issue at hand. You know, the OP. Of course, stupidity drift dictates that people should for get the point within 5 posts or so and this is born out. Discussion becomes a discussion about the discussion. I try to bail before that happens. I am accused of cowardice and SDMB regulars plan an eternity feasting with the immortals. I reiterate that it’s just fucking irrelevant even if the moderator’s reasoning wasn’t the dumbest thing since My Mother the Car. I am slagged for not thanking one poster, even though I did thank thank said poster while slagging other poster for being a prick.
Oh, and then it happens:
Shudder. I am being watched. When others rack up a few posts that’s good and eventually makes them omniscient. In my case it’s an “unhealthy fascination”. Not only am I being discussed, but it is likely that I am on double secret probation.
So, the message is clear: Don’t argue with us or the regulars. You will agree. You will roll over even when a regular shows absolutely no ability to read English whatsoever. You will conform. If someone slags you you will like it.
I’m too damn amused. All this information technology only to return to feudalism and/or the internet equivalent of Strange Fruit.