canyonblue17 wrote:This topic was locked less than 6 hours after it was started. It was a legitimate topic that received thousands of views and dozens of responses (some of which were off topic) but many that were. I have seen much worse topics go on for days before being locked. Can someone please explain why the potentially offensive remarks weren't just removed so the topic could continue, rather than shutting down the entire topic?
canyonblue17 wrote:If you see my profile you are aware that I am not new to this site. You can also tell that I am very selective about things that I comment on and topics that I discuss. I absolutely understand the concern over the topic becoming political, but political correctness should never trump open and honest discussion of an appropriate topic. There is a word for that - censorship. I am a former journalist who is all too familiar with the concept of opinions being stifled. While there were clearly some slightly off-topic responses, there were many more valuable comments. If moderators can't moderate, and Airliners.net contributors have to be concerned every time a slightly controversial topic draws critics, maybe there are better websites to take my almost 700 photos and thoughts. And that would be a shame. At a time when this website has been losing so many contributors and viewers for a plethora of reasons, you would think everything should be done to keep the ones it still has. By the way, I am more than happy to discuss this issue in a public forum. Secrecy's grip can strangle free expression.
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