Yet, deleting smack's comment would be censorship that you would likely be unhappy about if it happened to you.
In an interesting turn of events, THIS innocuous tangential post, my only post in this thread, prompted AC's owner/creator/administrator to find my facebook account and send me a message:
He wrote, "People are going to perceive me based on my beliefs and opinions. I can't stop that. I really don't care. The truth is, none of you at SN know who I am at all. You like making your little quips and think you're all so clever. The real problem is that most of you with thousands of postings sit behind your keyboards instead of helms. You're not AC's user because you just don't really go anywhere. You're all offended because you don't like my opinion about forums. But you prove my points about them by your actions.
If you ever get off your dock Brian, you'll see how incredible our brand is and what the perception of me really is. Forums like SailNet just don't matter in the real world. don't you see that every time you make a posting, you get a message from me? "
Ironically, a post defending freedom of speech prompted the owner of the site- in- question to exercise his freedom to insult a potential customer, or at least convert a potential critic.
The post wasn't about he-who-shall-not-be-named, didn't mention him, didn't mention his site,...and yet he thought it was worthy of a tirade.... and a warning that he will continue to harass me, if this individual thinks any of my posts have anything even remotely to do with him.
The rest of the conversation on facebook is unprintable. For the first time ever, i have blocked a facebook user- and it wasn't a teenaged troll, or a spammer, it was a grown man, a professional.
That's the face of AC. And that is what he thinks of those who post here.
Where the lofty comparisons to Edison, Jobs and inventors of other really important world-changing stuff falls apart, is that all of those innovators at least PRETENDED to care about their customers and potential customer base.