Beardy wrote:The reason nothing's been said is that I'm not in denial. People download stuff illegally now, it happens and there's nothing you or I can do to stop it and removing throw-away comments like that is entirely pointless... not to mention that I'd end up spending all of my time removing references to people listening to albums that haven't been released yet etc, something that I quite frankly don't have the time (or the inclination) to do since I work full-time and I'm currently considering taking on an OU course as well.
In case you hadn't noticed, there is an 'available albums thread' on here, that was set up to stop people posting links to illegally download albums from on here - the removal of which was taking up a lot of my time, not to mention that the links were often active for a fair time before they were seen by myself or someone else from the mod team at the time and removed so there's now a policy whereby any chatter about that kind of stuff is fine as long as no actual links are posted. It's a realistic policy and it works.
I'm really disappointed to read this. I realise you're busy (I run a web forum too so I know how hard it can be to make time for moderating stuff), but it's genuinely sad to see this kind of defeatist acceptance of what amounts to selfish, freeloading behaviour. I think a music site like this is missing an opportunity to set an example when it comes to respecting those who create the art we love, whether it's music, films, or any other creative medium.
By accepting it, you're indirectly endorsing it.
I think I'll just avoid this thread, because it's likely to raise my blood pressure if I see any more people mentioning or trying to justify their freeloading of the work of my peers working in film around the world.