Ulric wrote:Operating system choice is by no means off-topic when referring to the purchase of a new computer. Even if the current discussion was off-topic and completely unrelated to the title, still there should be no change. You can't force a title change against the original poster's will. There has been no resolve to the original poster's question, changing the topic title to a different discussion would be an utter disregard for the individual users rights. It would be sending a message that even when there is a legitimate question or discussion we can completely disrespect and ignore the user on an administrative level and do what is convenient for ourselves rather than that which is ethical.
I agree with that, excepting one thing - the user who posted this topic is a spambot with no rights, not even a mind of its own. If a legitimate user had posted this as a question then there would be no call for a change of the thread name - as it stands now though, the discussion is almost entirely unrelated to the thread topic. I also get where tomk. is coming from and I'm not going to argue about it, debate their decision or kick up a fuss - it's just that I don't see why we're protecting the (nonexistent) rights of a spambot. Users on some threads have no concerns about the moral or ethical implications of their posts (in the sense that they post insults, make unfair commnets or hijack topics to push their own views at the expense of others' voices), so if we are going to be exacting in our netiquette and ethical standards then I would like to see some kind of "code of forum conduct" made prominent, or otherwise have a clear ruling on the ethics governing the forum administraters/moderators.
I must state at this point that I have no objection to the conduct of the moderators - in fact I applaud their impartiality and fair behaviour, and I feel they do an excellent job. My only issue at the moment is that while some users exact a high standard from themselves, certain other users seem to have a deisregard for these same values. I know this is a social thing and not something anyone can do anything about (except perhaps through educating these careless users that their actions can impinge on others' rights), but I want to vent my frustration that we are extending this kind of protection to a SPAMBOT, when the moderators are only able to intervene on behalf of a user who feels wronged if particular offensive language or implications are used in a post. What about forumgoers who post an idea they believe will make the game better, only to have dozens of people post "no no noooo this is the worst thing ever", or something to that effect? ow is hijacking the topic against the poster's will any different from changing the thread name? Several thread names have been changed or the threads moved (with the original poster's permission) because they would be better suited to a different area; how would changing the title of this thread be any different if there's effectively no original poster who could be hurt/have their rights impinged upon?
I'm sorry for ranting, it's just frustrating to see a world which is so politically correct that malicious people can warp the protection designed to benefit the people they prey upon into defending thier own actions
What's that you're eating? A nice, juicy apple? You weren't supposed to eat that you fool, you were supposed to make it into a pie! - last words recorded words of Francis D'Avre before he went looking for snowcherries, but found a hungry Yeti instead.