Posted Mar 20, 2003 by Deidzoeb
I'm staying away from h2g2 for a few days. It's partially as a protest against the Iraq policy, but partially in order to obey the policy. I can't think of any topics apart from the war that I would want to discuss much any time soon, so anything I'd want to say on h2g2 would get forcibly resettled to the strategic hamlet of "Great Debate" forum.
There's no reason to use a message board like "Great Debate" that closes for half the day, when we can have open discussions in a million other places. Is it closed on weekends too? There's no reason to remain loyal to such an ineffective message board. I understand the BBC's explanation for this policy, but it seems based on unreasonable premises, as if a public message board should be considered "published" by BBC, something the BBC needs to take so much extra responsibility for.
Even if the British public were that unreasonable, the BBC should defend reasonable policies about how a public message board should work, not enforce unreasonable ones just for fear that some ignorant members of the public will complain.
I have no illusions about the impact of one person boycotting h2g2 for a few days. But even if I wanted to come here and discuss anything, the topic on my mind is war. If this website doesn't supply an effective forum for open discussions, what's left to keep me here? Should I try to talk about marmite when I'm not in the mood, just out of loyalty to good old h2g2? No. I'll come back in a few days when I might be in the mood for lite topics again.
PS - If you don't like this policy on Iraq, please read through the Petition for Greater Freedom on h2g2 A544943 and consider signing it.
I understand why you are doing this. Take care, Deidzoeb, and talk to you soon.
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