Quote:I remember people barging into normal discussion threads, who hadn't read the books and had no intention of reading them, derailing the threads into off topic discussion. If they were "silenced" for breaking the rules of staying relatively on topic, then put on some big boy pants, build a bridge, and get over it.
Quote:I'm just saying I have been a very vocal critic of some of the Spider stuff I've read and have never felt silenced or stifled in any way. I don't mind having a discussion and defending my point of view.
Quote:If other people felt "silenced" then it sounds like the problem is with you rather than with your specific opinion.
Of course someone else might get the idea that you approve of the "silencing" because it so happened to target people whose contributions you disliked and declare "off topic". What you may feel off-topic need not be to anyone.
This reminds me: Another reason why OMD kept being discussed all over the place is probably that back then it did not take that long for enough new threads to get started for the thread on which you were debating to be pushed under the end of the first page, and then many would continue their never-ending debate on some thread on the first page rather than go to page 2, then 3, then 4 to continue in the original thread.
What's off-topic is off-topic. If people want to criticize the books for the actual content of those books, that's fine. In fact, it should be encouraged, because that's the whole point of having a message board in the first place. But if someone has nothing to say about a book other than "it's a post-OMD Spider-Man book, therefore it sucks", that's not contributing anything to the discussion and I can't blame the mods for "silencing" them.
Now, if they wanted to complain about OMD in a separate thread, that's fine too, though I can understand why the mods wouldn't want literally every other thread to be about that particular topic. But there's no reason to derail every other discussion by making it about OMD.