I don’t typically post on the politics and controversies surrounding forms. That on its own would be a full-time job. However, this seems to be a pretty major skirmish here. It caught my attention earlier that the UK Vapers Forum had issued a new rule forbidding any of its members to post reviews or comments about Totally Wicked (presumably the UK arm of the company). Below is the message that was posted:
While getting ready to write this particular update it appears that the UK Vaper’s forum took the extreme step of shuttering the site while it worked out these issues.
The below message is what appeared when visiting the site at the time of this writing. The message doesn’t specify if it was the same vendor, or if this is somehow an unrelated legal crisis going on.
Since this appears to still going on, and the second message didn’t mention if this was the same issue, I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions. However, if this does turn out to be related, I think this may be one of the most ham-fisted things I’ve seen since I’ve started this site. And I’ve seen a lot of really misguided attempts to silence criticism in the past.
I have no idea what sort of comments may have set off this battle. And let’s face it, there’s a lot of negative people unafraid to voice their opinions in this (or any other) online community. Even if the comments were unsavory accusations against someone’s mother, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I think the response is absolute overkill.