First off, I would like to ask that this not be locked, censored, or deleted because of simple discussion, and I will reinforce the reasoning for that request later. For the majority of my time here, even being permanently banned, I have seen STTT as an amazing community. One which prides itself on fairness, logic, and maturity. As well as, of course, being a very fun place to be; However, I've been noticing certain things more and more lately, which to me seem absolutely wrong, and go against what I personally believe we stand for. My question is, what is so wrong with discussion here? Why is it that every time any sort of actual serious discussion comes up, it's met with staff members exhibiting forceful termination of the discussion, and then sweeping it all under the rug by unnaturally changing the topic? Why are we told to "take it out of the shoutbox", or "stop talking about it"? The reasoning behind why we're being told to stop having certain conversations can generally be categorized into three reasons: Staff members believing we do not need to know the information. Well, I guess that is an easy decision for you, as someone who knows the information, to withhold it from others (not like it makes any difference to you, does it?) I'd like the people doing this to keep in mind that every single person here is a member of this same community (obviously). What goes on here is interesting and important to us. If something somewhat big happens to someone or something here, we want to know, and there's no reason to not let us know and discuss it except for the reasonings: that the person(s) in question does not want people to know (we should respect their right to privacy be it the case), or that it's something that is currently unsettled, and that would be hindered by discussion/people finding out about it too soon. Staff members believing it will lead to a "heated" debate (i.e. Harassment). If you haven't noticed for some reason, there's no rule stating that certain discussions aren't to be spoken about (other than illegal ones). There is, however, a rule stating that harassment isn't allowed. So maybe instead of censoring an entire topic, exercise some form of punishment/warning on those participating in harassment from it, and let the rest of us continue with our simple discussion. Also, stopping a discussion before any harassment occurs because it is your belief that it will become "heated", is being overcareful and unfair. Staff members believing there's no reason to talk about it, and therefor we shouldn't be allowed to talk about it in the shoutbox. This one is truly incredible, and it goes hand in hand with "The shoutbox is not the place for that". The fact that something related to STTT, our community and what the forum and shoutbox is intended to be used to talk about could be considered to have no merit, and therefor be censored, whilst at the same time we're allowing one of our own Lead Admins to post 5 pictures of Nintendo's Falco, and the word "Falco" five times, with no explanation or context, is insanity. The next time one of you think of saying "Because there's no reason to talk about it" to someone discussing something relating to the community, just think of all the unrelated nonsense that is posted and allowed in the shoutbox every day. Lastly, I'd like to apologize for generalizing "staff members", not all of them exhibit these tendencies, and I would also like to point a finger, not only at certain staff, but at members of the community as well. Just as how we are "SeriousTTT" and need to allow the discussion of serious topics, we also need to meet those discussions with maturity, and not turn to harassment as soon as someone disagrees with you. If you feel the same way, then show your support. If not, then discuss it with me. Thank you for taking the time to read this.