GormanGhaste wrote:The censorship leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And I really don't think it's necessary, as neither site specifically mentioned is a threat to Warcraftpets.
I've never been a fan of censorship. Limiting people's access to information strongly goes against my core beliefs. The decision to censor outgoing links was not an easy one to make. And it may not have been the right decision either.
For you, the pet collector/battler using our site to gather info and improve your gaming experience, it must seem outrageous and unjustifiable. On a personal level, I can understand and sympathize. At the very least, you're owed a more detailed explanation.
When the decision was made to censor outgoing links and references to these sites, it did not happen overnight. I personally spent weeks monitoring the forums. The final decision came about largely as the result of the actions taken by the site developers. These actions include using our forums SOLELY* as a venue to:A.)
Promote links to content on their own site when the same information is available on ours;EXAMPLE: Linking to a pet profile on their site instead of linking to the same profile on our site. B.)
Seek feedback to develop their own site, rather than providing feedback to us to help us improve WarcraftPets; C.)
Generate a series of permanent links to unique content on their site while publicly planning to add many features that are currently exclusive to WarcraftPets.
*When I say SOLELY above, it means that ALL forum posts by these individuals (prior to having their links removed or replaced) had either provided links to their own sites or followed up on such posts. There was no history of these individuals using our forums for anything otherwise.
So these repeated actions put us in an awkward position.
But we're not insensitive to the fact that removing the offending links is an unintended disservice to you, the community. Therefore, we'll be reviewing this decision in the days ahead. It was never our intention to stifle your voice or limit access to useful information. Our goal has always been to make WarcraftPets the most valuable website of its kind.
As always, we appreciate your feedback and we will certainly factor that into our decision.