As many of us are noticing, the `moderation' on this forum is becoming increasingly ridiculous. Posts are being deleted left, right and centre, and a number of forum contributors have been banned. If there were good reasons for this and there was some consistency, then maybe it would be okay, but there isn't. It would seem that infractions include telling the truth and quoting other posts. Sometimes, quotes from another post can earn a deletion while the original remains untouched.
The Amazon Gnomes are the biggest problem here. With them around we can't have proper discussions. I don't mean that we want to turn the forum into a slanging match of accusations, swearing and insults, but I think that we do want the freedom to be able to fully discuss topics like the adults that we are.
Therefore I'm putting forward the idea that we all move to a different forum on a different website. It's an open invitation and I'd like to include everyone. Besides, it'd be slightly funny if we all just upped sticks and left, leaving e-tumbleweed and dust blowing around here.
Here are some of the advantages that I can see:
1) No Gnomes
Yes, other forums are moderated, but they are usually done fairly with more and easier discussion with the moderators when you disagree with them.
2) No Voting Buttons
The voting system here is pointless and divisive. Some people seem to use it as a measure of support rather than a measure of whether a post contributes to the discussion.
3) Forum Features
The Amazon forum is not really set up for proper discussion. It's rather basic. Other internet discussion forum have features such as a proper quoting mechanism, the ability to post pictures and videos, and use colour. Discussions would be more informative and interesting, I think.
4) New People
It's always good to have new people around and an existing forum would bring that.
I can't think of any disadvantages. We don't owe Amazon any loyalty, and going to one website is just as easy as going to any other.
Possible Alternative Sites:
Mrs. F. Shaw has suggested this: http://cuttingedge2.forumotion.co.uk/
If anyone has any other suggestions, please put them forward.
So how about this? As I said, I'd like it to include everyone, including anyone who has been banned (hopefully you're still looking in on us).