It’s hardly an original thought, but why does the off-topic group at the Embarcadero forums still exist? At my time of writing (I’m doing so in advance of actually posting BTW), it’s dominated by some American guy whining about supposed censorship from political opponents — typical ideologue, he assumes everyone else is ‘really’ as politically obsessed as himself, and so finds political motivation everywhere regardless of how non-political the words of others appear to be. In response to what turned out to be only a temporary banning of him, a supporter writes:
Nobody will be left to post here if it goes on, the whole newsgroup will stop to exist. Nobody posts a lot here anymore, not like a few years ago anyway.
To which I can only reply: good riddance. The group does only harm to Embarcadero (a technology company, not a low-rent rival for The Huffington Post or Pajamas Media) for hosting it.
PS: while the off-topic group has its dubious prominence (it’s proudly listed near the top of the forums homepage), interesting technical things like Eli Boling’s blog are buried away. Admittedly, this largely saves him from the ‘you’re all a bunch of idiots who don’t know what they’re doing’ crowd, but still…