It is a kind of elitism to me.
Many popular forums begin to act like elite corporations, pretty sad to see this kind of mentality developped on internet. Forums are managed with experienced volunteers helping others, not hierarchical voluntarism or elite voluntarism and I am not even talking about totalitarism forums.
Some forum owners lost the meaning of internet forum.
People participating in an Internet forum may cultivate social bonds and interest groups for a topic may form from the discussions.
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As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.