I am from the old Internet days, when freedom was widespread.
These days there seems to be a wave of dictators (specially those in a near monopoly situation) arbitrarily removing and editing posts, and in general harassing users who dare to express dissenting opinions.
Examples: I ask a simple question publicly, "We keep on getting messages were 'The Moderators', maximum authority, are mentioned. Who exactly are they?"
Of course, the subscribers have a good idea about their identity: those whose keep on bullying 2nd. class participants.
Those questions and others are never answered.
Since the master is so worried about people communicating with each other, he banned personal messages and we are not allowed to post our e-mail address.
Yes, I realize that a factor is: "This is my forum and as long as you live under my roof, it is my rules or take a hike".
However, given the fact that the forum in question has a sizable income based on our clicks, shouldn't they have some sort of fiduciary duty? After all: they owe up to the last penny of their income to us. Do checks and balances principles apply?
No. Checks and balances do not apply.
No. A merchant has no fiduciary duty to a customer. A fiduciary duty is a legal obligation for one person/entity/party to act in the best interests of another.
No. Nothing has changed in terms of what owners do with their websites---FWIW, as individuals age, they nearly always think it was better in the good old days....most of the time that is BS.
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