Ubuntu Forums Promotes Silence; Thumb Sucking

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For those of you out there who use Ubuntu Linux (or any Linux distro for that matter), recent events on the Ubuntu Forums might intrigue you. Ever since I’ve known this online community, I have paid many a visit to their “off topic” forum, originally dubbed “The Backyard”. This forum was intended to be a place for people to post threads that had either absolutely nothing to do with Ubuntu, or in fact, caused controversy (often on a political or social level). Apparently, over the last few months, some posts in this forum have required moderator intervention. In fact, a lot of threads seem to require moderator intervention.

Recently, a new policy has been enacted by the moderators, which allows members to continue visiting the forum and posting in already existing threads, but prevent people from posting new threads. The theory is that this will cause interest in the forum to dwindle down to a more controllable murmur, as well as experiment to see what the result of closing the forum might be without actually closing the forum.

Having discovered this, I wrote the following in a thread that originally suggested the idea of disallowing new threads forever:

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