You know what's interesting about shopping malls?
Shopping malls are interesting because they present the illusion of public space. They appear friendly and welcoming. Family activities take place there. But if you decide to hang out in one for any length of time, or if you look or act like riff-raff (in their definition) eventually you'll get asked to leave because "this is private property."
Much the same can be said of the forum En***ld. It gives the appearance of public space devoted to the hegemony of 4e - until you say something that the omnipotent moderators deem trolling.
I've spent part of my late afternoon and early evening emailing with one such touchy moderator who didn't like my tone when I called 4e what it is: a dead system. It's as dead a system as OD&D, or Basic, or 2E, or whathaveyou. I define a dead system as one not currently supported by its property owners. With 5e, the death-knell has been sounded on 4e - it's worse than that, it's dead Jim.
This, I maintain, isn't trolling, this is a statement of the current reality. Whether or not people like it is moot. The only difference is context, I acknowledged it long ago, and the people who foolishly spent their money on that 4e shite aren't ready to let go. That's the only difference.
Remember too, I'm an academic. In my professional context all voices are to be heard. It doesn't mean people will agree with you, and that's totally fine. But you can speak your mind and be heard. There is no marginalization of minority opinions - be they of women, or people of colour, or people who hold an outrageous opinion held by few. So this situation really pisses me off to no end - but having said that I'm not going to get overly mad, I'm just going to vote with my blog and my feet.
So, as a result of the ass-clowns at En***ld, I heretofore submit the following:
1. If all voices can't be heard, I refuse to participate in discussion there.
2. I won't link to that site again.
They've gotten what they want, all I'm left with is civil disobedience.