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THIS IS NOT ABOUT GREED MONGER. This is about the fact that free speech got supressed.
We have to stop this now or this forum will be heavily censored and i think i speak for the majority that we do not want the game developers or publishers to censor our posts! If we do not act now this will become a standard practice.
Originally posted by Beatnik59: We deserve a website that will protect its forums from baseless lawsuits, not destroy them out of fear of baseless lawsuits. Heck, even SomethingAwful.com protects its forums from baseless lawsuits. Because if you can't protect our forum posts when a producer decides, on a whim, that he doesn't like them, you have more or less surrendered your fiduciary responsibility to your users to their PR people. I don't post here to serve their PR interests. I post here to read and write the truth and honest opinions.
Here is the post by Bill Murphy, Managing Editor: http://www.mmorpg.com/discussion2.cfm/post/5646617#5646617
Originally posted by BillMurphyOriginally posted by taus01
Why did the Greed Monger Forums get removed? Was this a request from Jason Appleton to remove the negative information posted about the game?
In case this hasn't been answered yet, yes. He emailed me directly and asked us to remove the negative posts about the game. He also hinted at taking legal action if we didn't remove the posts of our users, and we decided we didn't need a baseless lawsuit.
If you want to blame someone for the removal of the game listing and forums, blame Jason Appleton. But when someone threatens us with legal action, we can either a.) ignore it or b.) react with what we think is appropriate. In Greed Monger's case, it's probably just better to igore its existence as a website.
I wish the Greed Monger devs well, but I'm not too thrilled with how they handled the negativity our forum users tossed their way. If they can't take the criticism and claims of trolls, they're in for a rude awakening in this industry.
Maybe one day we'll re-add the game to our list, but that depends on whether or not our users are allowed to post about it without the site being under threat of legal recourse.