I was going to write this up as a big reply in spoiler tags, then end it with "and if this isn't here tomorrow that just proves my point," but then I realized that being needlessly antagonistic when your problem is with how mods carry out the rules, while also doing something that clearly falls under their idea of "against the rules," might not be the smartest idea I've had. So here we are.
My standpoint really comes down to "comments are way more convenient and general than forums so there's no reason to restrict them to the level of people repeating what they just saw," but I've left the original comment down below as well because I'm more verbose when I'm salty.
And just to be clear, I have no problem with the following comment, it was just the one that set off my nerd rage for whatever reason.
My initial reply:
If small divergences in discussion based on things directly displayed in the work aren't allowed, we're better off having it locked forever.
I mean, short-lived discussions about croissants are perfectly normal if the manga dedicates multiple pages to croissant jokes, and nobody gets hurt if they have to skim over five or six posts from food nerds.
Discussions about telepathy powers will always be relevant here. Mousou Telepathy focuses heavily on what having telepathy might actually be like, and it really makes you think in ways you normally wouldn't about outlandish superpowers. People are gonna want to discuss that, and comments are a lot more convenient to use than forums topics for spur-of-the-moment discussions.
But I guess mods want all discussion to happen in the much less popular forum topics so comments turn into a hundred people parroting "this chapter was cool," as if that's somehow beneficial or interesting to anyone. By that logic your comment about how you like having comments back and don't want to lose them is worth locking comments over because everyone has to see your one sentence that isn't commentary on the exact panels in the latest release. Of course, they'll leave your comment because saying "oh no don't do things mods don't like" is more beneficial for their goals than people actually trying to have a nice chat about pastries.
They'll say "oh read the guidelines," but "posts not directly related to the manga" is pretty vague and mods who actually want readers to have a good time should use the loosest definition possible. "No flaming" and "keep discussions civil" can also be bent whichever way you want to interpret it. The guidelines should simply be guidelines, not an excuse to lock the comments even when the only interesting thing going on is tangentially related discussions. What else are we supposed to talk about?
Now, mods, I appreciate what you do and all, but this stuff has been on my mind every day when I scrolled down and saw that the comment section was STILL locked for, as far as I could tell, no reason whatsoever. I'm sure you're reading this and I know your first impulse is to just delete the topic because how dare someone have a problem with the way things are run around here, but as far as I can tell this isn't violating any forum rules. I'm not trying to pick a fight with any individual user or mod, I'm questioning the way things are in general and why so many people had to be inconvenienced by the comments being locked when I didn't see a single person complain and I imagine any private complaints were limited.
So please, I urge you, let this one be a center for discussion as it's meant to be, at least until people make it into a spiraling off-topic shitstorm.
Alright, peeps, what do you think? Does anyone share my thoughts, or am I just an angry loony? Should restrictions be looser? Tighter? Is it worth locking comments for review for so long regardless? Should we all band together and try to cause some real change in what it means to leave a comment, or let us jaded old fogeys mash their keyboards for a while then disappear into the night?
Edited by Anonyan, 10 March 2017 - 01:38 AM.