My comments below are directed at this and a few similar posts of late, so please do not take them as being specifically or personally directed at the poster of this thread:
An internet forum is a community where people can come to engage in discussions of various topics or share advice and ideas. Some forums are little more than promotional extensions or marketing tools for customer testimonials regarding vendor or retailer products and services. Some of these communities are professional extensions of a business, with access and use restricted, and some are open to the general public more like a park. In a business, high expectations exist with regards to the appropriateness of dress and professional conduct. In a park with public access, anyone can walk in. That means everyone from little kids who want to be pushed on the swings by mom or dad, down to the winos or druggies looking for a bench to sleep it off can get in. There may be people in the park we do not like. However, even in a park, certain behavior is not tolerated. The laws of the community still apply within the boundaries of the park, which lies within the community. Visitors to the park may go there and expend excess energy, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can climb the trees to do so. If you don't agree with the laws of a particular community, you're not entitled to break the laws. Forum administrators and moderators enforce the rules here, like the police in a reular community. If you don't like the laws or the rules within either form of community, you're faced with two reasonable choices: find a way to change the law, or find yourself another community.
When people join this or almost any forum, they are instructed to read the rules for posts and expectations of conduct. You should know what behavior or conduct is expected and condoned when you agree to become a part of this or any community. However, as with any community, nothing is perfect, and there will be things that go along with being a member of a particular community that one does not care for that we had not anticipated when we joined. The rules may not have been clear. We may not have understood the rules. The rules may not be enforced. The rules may favor some of us. The rules may be too complicated. The police, the administrators, the moderators...they may or may not like us. If you think the rules have been broken, report it to the authorities...it's not for you to take the law into you own hands, especially if you came here looking for a fight, then go crying foul everytime someone pokes you in the eye or hits you below the belt. If justice is served, great. If not, maybe the moderators are unfair...or you're wrong. It happens. Now, as community members we are faced with how we deal with what we experience...can we tolerate the inconveniences we experience, do we attempt to change the rules, or do we just need to move on to someplace more agreeable to our needs or aspirations? But note, the rules don't say this community is a democracy, that we have the rights or entitlements of ownership, or even that we are allowed to influence, request, or demand a change to suit us individually. So perhaps that is not a reasonable expectation for any of us. After all, why should the rules change to accommodate or comfort one or a few of us, when the rules seem to have been good enough for us when we arrived here? It's not like we weren't told how things are here. We even had the opportunity to take a test drive as guests before we joined.
The majority of people here and elsewhere tolerate the inconveniences. After all, most people have a decent understanding of the rules and restrictions of this community when they came here. The terms and conditions were and remain acceptable to us. For the most part, we like things the way they are. If we take interest in a certain post or topic, we can contribute our own thoughts to it. If not, we have the option of saying so, or moving on to a more appealing post. Just remember, if you post, your opinion becomes fair game for the rest of us, especially if it is contrary to the majority, and then take your lumps, or take a hike. If something changes significantly for us, we may reconsider our membership, but until such change occurs, we are content here. But realistically, when the time comes that we no longer care much for for this community, or maybe we have just outgrown it, it is better just to quietly pack your things and move on to greener pastures. Why go around disparaging the forum YOU joined, that YOU contributed to, and YOU were a part and party to? Or again, why go crying about the bloody nose you received after you challenged or contradicted someone else's opinion? Voicing opinions are what drive a forum in the first place, and we each have our own. If it turns out we don't like it here, we're as free to leave as we were to enter. However, if we leave, it's reasonable to tell your immediate friends and neighbors why you are leaving and where you are going, but an announcement to the community is not. That's theatrical grandstanding; no one really buys it, and what you might be surprised to find, is that people are actually glad to see you go. But whether we choose to accept things as they are and stay, or attempt to influence some change or perceived improvement, or just give up and move along, what we may find is that this is a great place to visit, but we wouldn't want to live here.