James wrote:I think I'm ok no?
Yes, but only just
The relevance of a post to this forum is important. Feeling strongly about something isn't enough.
Just to drive the point home: I might have very strong feelings regarding right to life or, conversely, pro choice, but that doesn't mean that a post about these topics belongs here.
James wrote:Interesting you bring it up, I have always been surprised that this forum doesn't have more non drumming fun and serious discussion on world issues. Perhaps this rule is why...
Actually, I think it's a good rule. This forum is about West African drumming (well, mostly), and the rule stops the board from turning into an unfocussed collection of postings about arbitrary topics.
If I want to broadly discuss other things, there are many places where I can do this (and probably more effectively than I could here). Pick your favourite social networking site, just to name one example.
Paul wrote:Interesting you bring it up, I have always been surprised that this forum doesn't have more non drumming fun and serious discussion on world issues. Perhaps this rule is why...
I don't recall the particular discussion you are referring to. In general, I think we have gone off topic (in the sense of the R&G) on many occasions, and I don't have a problem with that. I think a liberal interpretation and application of the R&G is appropriate and desirable. My personal opinion is that, as long as something is even vaguely relevant to the forum, we should allow it, even if it strays a fair distance from West African drumming. (Some of the past discussions on female drummers and the white/black issue come to mind.)
When I posted the reference to the R&G, I really was mostly having a dig at James
Besides the very naive and damaging technical meddling that was proposed by SOPA, the most worrying aspect is that it shifts the burden of proof on the accused, without any judicial oversight. In effect, SOPA could potentially be used to eliminate competition, simply by taking them off-line and then relying on the fact that most business cannot afford to defend themselves against the accusation, and will be destroyed or lose their window of opportunity simply by being off-line, even if they can afford to defend themselves.
djembefola.com would almost certainly fall into this category. (And we do have our share of copyright violations here, in the form of links to copyrighted material, which, according to SOPA, would be sufficient grounds to take the site off-line if someone took offense.)