Discourse is My Favorite Forum System
This Discourse forum format is currently my favorite bulletin board system that I’ve seen utilized for the Infocomms in 2018 and on Free Square in 2019. So, I’ve not been aware of forums like these two until 2018. I prefer this type of forum system when compared to other forums like Theology Online (TOL).
Traditional Bulletin Boards
The other bulletin boards on the Internet are all basically the same going back as early as like the 1990’s. So, this format is a bit different that that traditional user interface (UI) seen on classical forum websites seen all over the world wide web for like decades now.
But when compared to social networks, blockchains, websites, places like Gab, Minds, Bitchute, Bit Tube, Steemit, and the ghetto networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc, how does Discourse compare? Well, I would not put Discourse on the bottom of that list, to say the least. Of course, forums are designed differently than social networks. In some cases, a forum could be a hybrid between chat rooms, private messages, phone text messages (SMS), and some aspects of social media. Personally, I was on Infocomms a lot in 2019.
So, I see the Infowars Army Community Forum (IWA) as a social network. I know IWA is a forum. IWA has been addictive like Facebook. So, I would put IWA on my top ten favorite social networks for 2019. I have had a bias towards IWA. Objectively, how did IWA compare with other sites? Well, outside of the alleged moderating/censorship issues, IWA may have been in the top ten or twenty in some ways.
It Had Potential LOL
Well, perhaps, potentially speaking. Well, technically, it is hard to say specifically and exactly. I just liked the idea of the Infocomms. So, I’ve been addicted to the spirit of the Infocomms. So, I may be misguided. I may be blind to some elements of reality. I really hope that IWA was not too expensive to host and run as a forum. I would have loved to help them find ways to reduce costs in running IWA. I believe there are things people can do to save money in running IWA, etc.
Of course, we can also compare the censorship and moderating aspects between the Discourse system and social networking systems. But sometimes, you can’t always compare apples with oranges. There can be differences between Infocomms and Facebook for example, that is if Facebook got money from the government and Infocomms didn’t.
Specifically, as @TheIsz mentioned, Free Square may not be a long-term substitution for Infocomms. I wonder if we need a forum or what. For example, like I said, we have alternative social networks, like Gab. I have a Discord server. I have Protonmail. We can email each other. We have snail mail. Some of us have short-wave Ham radios. We have Telegram. Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. It’s good to have as many different means of communicating with different people, as many as possible, the more the better, better safe than sorry, better something than nothing, seeking after better choices over merely good choices.
If the Infocomms was selectively enforcing their rules, excessively, perhaps, then people should continue to attempt to raise awareness to that vulnerability, that weakness, that failure, or whatever it may have been. I don’t want to assume that Infocomms moderators were deliberately seeking to attack people, to perhaps censor people on IWA. I also don’t want to assume that IWA was hacked at times in 2018 and 2019. But, regardless, all of those things are possible and may have happened.
Censorship vs Moderating
I’ve talked a lot about the differences between censorship and moderating. I’ve also talked about differences between the problems that Facebook has with the problems that Infocomms may have.
What is Censorship?
I’ve talked about the dangers of that word, “CENSORSHIP.” It depends on how you define that word. I’ve talked about private property rights which might and may in fact violate copyrights, trademarks, patents, etc, sometimes, potentially or basically. Are people trying to mess up Infocomms, Infowars, America, Trump, freedoms, independent countries, nationalism, family first focus, etc, etc, etc? Yes, of course.