I will just say that from what I've observed in discussion forums, whenever things like this start becoming issues, it's usually a bad sign.
If they remain unresolved, or are resolved in a manner that leaves too many feathers ruffled, it can be a bad thing.
But right now I think it's more an indication that DC has reached that stage where things are changing because DC is experiencing its own slow but inevitable change due to growth and exposure. With the outside attention being paid to the NANY event, DC is likely becoming viewed more and more as a "player."
When you add in the number of members, the number of posts, the fact that this site has been around for six plus years - and the huge success
of the past two fundraisers - it's inevitable that many software businesses will be looking at DC more seriously than before. And also taking anything being said about their business at this site more seriously as well.
Because it's become fairly obvious that a good number of people care
about DC and what's being said there. As is evidenced by the fact DC hit it's contribution goal by a factor of 2 times plus
If your products or service are being criticized on some quasi-anonymous "personal rant" blog, you don't worry too much. But when you get what you consider a knock
at a place like DC, you know it's going to get read - and possibly quoted elsewhere. Including some of the big tech sites that seem to respect DC. Hence, a lot more "damage control" type posting can be anticipated as DC's visibility
continues to increase.
Quite probably it will only be a matter of time before some company goes totally bonehead
and threatens legal action for a comment posted here. It's happened in other places. And there have been a few hints (I'd hesitate to call them threats) of that already in a few threads here. And while any such misguided legal action will probably not be a real
threat to this site, anybody who has ever received an attorney's letter (or had papers served on them) knows it's still a major hassle to deal with, regardless of the legal merits, or how it eventually plays out.
So can the much admired (and appreciated) laissez-faire
approach DC's administrators take in the forums continue indefinitely? Possibly. But it becomes less probable as more people join in and the site's visibility and reputation grows. Because in some places, what's being said at DC is starting to matter.
And because of that
more than anything else, things will (of necessity) start to change.
I could very well be wrong about all of this.
But it's something to think about anyway.
Oh just close it already lol
I might not see the LOL part in it. But I think I'm pretty much in agreement with the rest of Stephen's comment to wit:
"...just close it already."