This is an appeal to Greg, and whomever else might be in charge, to unlock the “Let’s get the ball rolling” discussion started by Moscaturf. Lets Get The Ball Rolling
I will not venture into a discussion here whether or not playing competitive pinball now is a good or a bad thing. It seemed to me, that the above thread had as its objective to do just that.
What I am going to argue is that shutting down speech is not a good idea in general, and it’s particularly bad when it comes to an issue that affects us all.
I understand that the moderators need to curb a discussion that goes off the rails, and/or has run its course. I believe they have done this in an exemplary way in the past. The difference here is that it was shut down after the initial statement. There was to my knowledge no insulting words written, or anything else that would have deemed this an unsuitable post. Rather, in my opinion, it was long overdue that we had this discussion in the open, and also in my opinion, there is no better forum for this than here.
If memory serves me right, the word Forum means a place for open discussion and exchange of ideas. By censoring us for merely discussing an important topic, that also happens to be quite divisive, I think you are doing us all a disservice. Where else can we have this discussion? TiltForum has become the place for pinball discussions, and I am very grateful to Greg for having created it. People from all over the world read what is said here, and we could all learn so much from each other, if we were only allowed to have this discussion. Eventually pinball will be back, and nobody wants to wait any longer than absolutely necessary.
To say that “the science is pretty clear that we have not done nearly enough to flatten the curve and that opening up the economy is going to lead to a second spike in deaths” is saying that all other arguments are wrong and as such should not even be heard. I respectfully disagree with this. If there is anything that science teaches us, it is, that stifling speech is harmful if you are after the truth. If one is uncomfortable with certain views, one can always choose to mute the thread.
I would have said this if the tables had been turned too. I just want us to be able to express ourselves in a respectful way, no matter what our beliefs are. People should be free to make up their own minds, with the best data possible presented to them.
I hope that the people in charge will take another look at this, and decide to open it up again. If not, I believe it would set a disappointing precedent.
Thank you again for creating and maintaining this great place.