So I leave and I kinda think there will be something done, and it's just the same pointless arguing?
oookay Well I'm going to throw my thoughts in.
first off. if one claims a profession wuch as a lawyer or Doctor, they had to be certified by some authority. Now that doesn't mean that they have to provide their credentials on demand, but what it does mean is that their supposed career doesn't mean squat in this context.
So Je97, I'm not going to say you are a lawyer or you aren't. if you are then fantastic. Insert something about justice being blind here. However, I am going to point out that just because you are or may be doesn't mean you are the foremost authority on the topic. Also without being willing to show any bar credentials you can't use the fact you are a lawyer as an arguing point. This is the internet. I could say I'm a brain surgeon, but if I cant prove it then no one cares.
Now here's the big problem that the forum faces, and that's. What do they do. I can't even say we at this point as it's really out of our hands. It's also out of my hands since I stepped down.
The whole issue of morality vs. law is a tough one, and it really depends on which side of the fence you come down on. I have my opinions onthis, but I am just one voice in a sea of many and I've stated my feeling repeatedly.
Regardless of that. there are two major things that have to happen.
1. The management team needs to get together and decide once and for all what is going to be allowed and what isn't. As I've stated previously I could see an allowance being made if the transmission of audio-only versiosn of TV shows and movies did not break any copyright laws. I've asked for someone to show me concrete proof it doesn't, but people like Grryf fall back on the morality argument.
Here's the problem though. a line has to be drawn somewhere, and this was the issue I faced when I was on the mod team. where is that line drawn. What do you and don't you allow? You obviously can't allow emulation as let's face it, that is a major copyright violation and there have been alot of legal goings on with that stuff. So then is it fair that mp3s of TV shows and movies get a free pass?
Now I want to point out something else to you guys that you don't think about, realize, or probably care about. This forum and website whether we like it or not are viewed through a microscope. It is where mainstream companies go for information and advice about accessibility for blind gamers. I will not name names, but I am going to tell you that already one some what important figure in the accessibility community has written off this forum as a waste of their time. I constantly seeing people lament about how they want access to mainstream games, well this forum is your best chance of making it happen, but when there are all these pointless topics and infighting, that drives people away.
Now. With all my points made, I hope the moderators make a decision, but here's the important thing. and that brings me to.
2. What ever decision is made by thea management, we as users need to accept it even if we don't like it. Decisions are going to be made, and us as a community need to follow those rules. Also. if you can't accept the rules, then there is the door.
I can only speak for myself, but I will say that when I as a moderator, I made suggestions and tried to do things that would insure the longevity of the audio games forum and website. So that 5, 10, 15 years from now there would still be a place where people could come and discuss gaming whether it be the latest audio game, or a cool new feature that made a console game all the more playable for visually impaired users. It really makes me sad that the forum that I spent so much of my time on is dying on the vine. I hope that people for once can work together to get something accomplished.
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