So this came up today in a thread:
You own the forum
I do not. @Glitch owns it
I had thought about posting something on this subject awhile ago, but with this exchange, now might also be a good time. As has been pointed out, I am the one who pays for and maintains the forums. Someone needed to, and between @EmmahSue and I, I was the more technically capable of the two of us to make it happen. @Thenomain is also quite capable of setting up forums, but the site had already been put in place when he joined us as an admin.
With those details out of the way, I just want to make it clear that, if you end up arguing with me on a topic, or think I'm a dick (and it's the appropriate category), please feel free to express that. I would like MSB to be something more than WORA was, but I don't want people to feel like they have to tiptoe around admins for fear of sitebans. All three of us are passionate about MU'ing and that can definitely lead to heated, conflicting opinions, but whether it's @Arkandel's workday amusements, @HelloRaptor's trolling of me or @Coin's Eldritch MUX teases, bring what you will to the forums, hold your own with any of us and engage the community as you are.
I said before that I'd like MSB to be better than WORA was, but we won't be using speech constraint to force the issue. Instead, we'll hopefully keep doing things like our tutorials, code snippets and packages, and categories that you may find useful and engaging. So make use of our categories (particularly MU Questions & Requests and Suggestions & Questions) with your own input on things you think can make these forums better. And if you just want to popcorn your way through a juicy Hog Pit topic with an occasionally jab at an admin that's tweaking you? Have at it.
Just to reinforce the disclaimer: The whole premise of this forum - just as WORA before it - is the ability to speak freely. Any constraints (other than reasonable administration such as spam prevention or the such) would have pretty much rendered it useless.
The core premise of this forum is to provide an open venue for the MU community to engage with one another about the hobby and other interests. While perhaps a form of picking nits, this is different than providing a space to speak freely. MSB was born from the ashes of WORA, but WORA came about in a different time and to a different purpose.
The purpose of my post was because I don't want people to worry that the things they say will be censored, or that they will be censured, if they come into conflict with an admin in a topic.
@HelloRaptor's trolling of me
I don't care who you are, I don't care what you think. If you are looking for reasons,
I can tell you I don't have any. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills.
Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me an aggravation
for people like you.
If you let it go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for your posts, I will not reply
to them. But if you don't, I will look for them, I will reply to them, and I will troll you.
@Glitch is Liam Neeson?
That makes sense.
@Thenomain, no, I think Raptor is. ;)
Seriously bro, do you even Taken?