Just thought I'd give my two cents, because I do believe in what the mods are striving for, and I don't believe they mean it as oppressive, totalitarian censorship. Everyone knows that's Darth Kowak's monkey-lizard domain. Also, apologies if this is simply rehashing some of what's been said. See, when I started out here, I had no idea what to expect. But I did find over time that even if people didn't agree with my take on things, we could still respect the differences and maybe even walk away with something from the other guy. Like GGrievous said, things could get heated, but they were always civil. I didn't really feel like my rights to express myself were threatened, because I didn't see a threat. I saw an opportunity. New insights, whether they were similar or different, which helped paint a larger picture. It took me awhile and I've had some scrapes, but I actually did appreciate all the views, especially if there was some good, proper insight to it. And I think one reason I was able to enjoy an environment like that is because of two reasons: 1) Our dedicated and well balanced mod squad () , and 2) The individual efforts of everyone to, if not agree, at least be open and considerate to others. And similarly, this sort of attitude would have been close to impossible if: 1) I was so touchy that I saw every differing opinion as a personal attack, and 2) Those differing opinions were phrased or directed with the traits of an attack. () The show, as a whole, has fluctuated a lot, I will admit. It's produced a considerable amount of discussion over various aspects, but I do think that at the end of the day, it was still civil. Sure, we might have thought "Heh, they think something different?", but as far as I could tell, we never meant any harm. The worst we had were playful japes, like "Leave it to you to like a Jar Jar episode " or highly involved but civil posts. Even if we were essentially down to posting our views regardless of what the other person thought, it was seldom done in a way which forced one view onto another or demeaned the views of the other guy. And I think it was made possible because we learned not to take it so personally or harshly. I can't claim to speak for everyone I ever agreed or disagreed with, but I'd like to think those goals were achieved because we were thinking of others first, not ourselves. It's true that I'm out of the loop, so I do sincerely apologise if I'm not accounting for developments and history, but that's where I stand. A forum like this is a place where freedom to express one's view isn't based solely on focus on your own side, and that others are NOT just there to put you down. It's a place where we can exchange views, have proper, intelligent, and (VERY importantly!) fun discussions. If we can look at them and gain something, all the better. But if not, perhaps we could show some common courtesy and allow 'the other guy' some space, the way we've been given that space ourselves? Certainly, I do greatly appreciate how many users from my time kept my Optimism Thread and Stuff-We'll-Never-See Thread a safe and on-topic place. tl;dr. At the end of the day, I don't think freedom of speech alone is enough. I believe that we need that mutual respect, restraint and understanding, too. Not because it's 'politically correct' or 'being sensitive to your feelings', but because I do believe it's part and parcel of true discussion, which goes BOTH ways. And that goes for ALL sides of the spectrum. If holding your tongue a bit more is the price for that feeling and environment, I'd say it's worth it. Whether you agree with me or not, I hope that I've at least given you some food for thought, and I hope I can give you that same space. Like Paul once said (which I am paraphrasing XD), "Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial"! Addendum: Oh, and I know for a fact that it's entirely possible to get along just fine with guys on the opposite camp. GGrievous and I may not talk or agree much at first glance, but in the times I've interacted, he's been a perfectly nice and involved member of the community.