|Forum topic by KnickKnack||posted 05-19-2011 11:33 AM||1638 views||1 time favorited||21 replies|
05-19-2011 11:33 AM
I was hoping not to have to get into this, but something strange has happened so I feel I simply must.
A few weeks ago Crushgroovin posted a blog about food safe finishes (please note, this post is not about food safe finishes).
For me one of the key features of LJ is that, if someone posts a question, they are taping into 1000s (probably 100s of 1000s even) of man-years of woodworking experience. What I do not expect is to read a reply to something where anyone who disagrees has not been allowed to comment.
People. This is, imho, wrong.
Since this incident I’ve been wary of the responses I’ve read on some threads – perhaps it’s a version 2 thread where disagreement has not been permitted. Or perhaps the poster had an argument a long time ago and blocked some people because of it.
Just for example there’s a recently re-activated thread about using bamboo. For all I know there are 100 lumberjocks out there who know something really really important about using bamboo, but they had a spat with the poster 8 months ago about something totally unrelated and got blocked. They’re sitting at home perhaps knowing that a bamboo splinter, if not properly dealt with, can cause a serious infection; or that bamboo attracts death-watch beetle, or any one of 100 things that they have experience of. But I will never get to know this because they’re blocked.
The ability for anyone to block anyone for any reason has tainted the credibility of just about every thread posted since it was introduced. I suspect that 99% of threads just “happen” normally, without blocking etc. But that missing 1% could kill me.
-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."