Not so much foot-in-mouth, as miss-the-point.
But, glad it gave everyone so much fun to make fun of my personal beliefs and feelings.
As I said, I didn't read the posts. I just skimmed over a few pages now, and saw mainly people from TSG making fun of and saying mean stuff about the Italion posters.
My take on it from this is, maybe they did it just to see how people in the USA (and other countries who post here) are, and would take it?
Maybe they did it in fun? Like poking a stick in an ant hill and watching the ants react to it. (note: if nobody here had REACTED to it, it would have stopped right then. Not so hard to write around threads and not tie in with it?)
Maybe it's simply a cultural difference? NOt understanding each other. I'm sure they have gone away with a not very positive picture of how "people on the English speaking forum" reacted to them.
Maybe they were just trying to get to know people here in their own way? Or see if there was censorship and control here, as apparently there is on their forum. "America, land of the free" and all?
Anyway, that wasn't my point at all. Which didn't seem to matter and probably doesn't know.
I responded to Muldor's post, which "strongly suggested" we not write to the Italions anymore because he was unable to censor what was written in Italion. Gee, someone might say something he wouldn't like if he could understand it?
Then, he said the thread was closed. I don't know if he meant the one with the Italions, which would have been fine with me, and I didn't bother going back that far to find out.
The other point I objected to was him stating this, and closing THAT thread, with only his post on it. Like, I have spoken and if anyone has anything to say about it, or feels differently about it, too bad.
I did come across the name of the Italion website, and finally tracked down the name of it (from a subject line) because the website had been "censored" out.
To sum it up, I, personally resent not being allowed to make my own choices in who I write to and/or respond to. Having this right taken away from me. And yes, I know it's not MY board, so I actually have no "rights" on it, except what the moderators give me and allow. I can be deleted and banned from the board for saying how I honestly think and feel.
And, the idea of someone giving an order (in the guise of "strong suggestion) and then putting THREAD CLOSED on it, to discourage anyone who might not agree.
I'm not in favor of abusive, threatening, of for that matter
post that make fun of someone for their personal feelings and beliefs . But I don't feel the right to decide this (and what it might be to each person) should be taken away from us.
Who knows, it might have been an opportunity to show the Italions what we're really like? Not bothered by "words on a discussion board" even in foreign languages. It could have been a chance to practice "just ignoring" what we might not like. It could have been something to have FUN with, for that matter.
But, someone else deciding what it should be takes all the choices and possibilities out of it.
Well, I guess it doesn't take away the choice to not be subject to someone who takes the choices and possibilities away from us.
Anyway, what the Italions wrote and why (or why it was decided they did) didn't have anything to do with my post. I knew I hadn't read the posts and I knew I didn't have to, to feel the way I do about being ruled, controled, censored and having my choices taken away from me.
And before anyone says "well, you don't know what it's like, you don't have a discussion board to deal with this stuff" I do have and have had discussion boards (totally fee and unmoderated) for around 3 years. I wouldn't want to set myself up to decide what should/shouldn't be allowed on it.
I know, this also includes Muldor and his "rulings".
Which would have been less controlling if he hadn't made it and then closed the thread. And, if he didn't have the power to delete what I write in response to it.
Doesn't fit with my idea of "discussion".
And I know, if I don't like it here I can go elsewhere... where there is no censorship and control, and no "moderators" watching over us to keep us safe.
There actually are boards and groups like that. And you know, they are a lot "safer" to be on than ones like this.