Ok, “after sleeping on it”, maybe deciding to leave the community was a bit hasty and rash. I was hardly invested I the discussion either way, and was aggravated that, I response to a reply to a comment I made, the thread was closed. The comment I made was factual, ironically as it turns out stating that stopping people posting would be censorship.
I have seen many threads closed over my time looking at the forum, and some of them did not appear to be closed for any other reason than it was a convenient way to brush an uncomfortable subject under the carpet. And to sure it is an effective measure, if you are of the mind that it’s effective to do things like shooting protesters to stop a riot, or arresting potential political enemies in case they might gain support. It works to be sure. But is it civilised ? The discourse is managed, but is it humanely managed ? Possibly not.
Sometimes we just need to accept that humanity is ugly. People get a bit boisterous at times. But while clearing the town square with riot police and truncheons after forcing the TV news off air might be one way to deal with an angry mob, there are others. Put the riot police somewhere they can step in if it does get ugly, and let the people sort out their differences might be another. It doesn’t always end in a fist fight. Some arguments can be peacefully resolved.
The bits I read of the thread in question were more of a heated debate than whither I might characterise as a first fight. Certainly not the sort of thing that might need riot police or TV news censorship by a benevolent dictator in the hypothetical town square analogy I painted above.
My reaction was possibly also coloured by a recent experience where a large corporation pressured another to generate a smear campaign to shut down a kickstarter campaign I had launched which was irritating the corporation in question. They succeded. It’s possible they had a point. Ironically they did not need to resort to such tactics, and could have been civil. They chose instead to dig into their arsenal of tried and true damage control measures. In the end thier deception was exposed for what it was, but the end result was the same. The big guys pushed the upstart away. I am not going to elaborate on that, as I have already said more than I should in a public forum. So don’t ask me about it.