- Feb 11, 2019
First point: that is apparently your 6,666th post.
That sounds interesting, but there's a very big "but" that would keep me from trying it. You would have no real control, ownership or authority over your own data and user rules. I used to participate in Xenforo's own forum, a long time ago. I stopped because they are EXTREMELY censorship oriented, and have a super hair trigger when it comes to censoring you. It is clearly part of their mental DNA, and there is no reasoning with them. This extends even to your private communications with an individual person there, not even just public comments. They are very authoritarian in that regard. I'm not a political partisan, conservative, right winger or Republican, but for American users, for example, a good analogy would be to describe them as being just as authoritarian and convinced of their own "righteousness" about censorship as the liberal Democratic establishment here in the US who practically live for censorship while denying they are doing it. In fact in some certain respects and in my experience at the XF "community" they are even a bit worse and less tolerant. My understanding is that the main people at XF come from a place where there is not even an actual recognized right of "free speech," and it shows, both at XF and where they come from. And come to think of it, isn't IPS based there too? But I digress. It's been a while, but I think there was also at least one American with the XF team, but apparently one who comes from the generation of people here in the US who also tend to love censorship and weren't raised to love free speech unfortunately.
So what kind of forum and community could you possibly have if you are always under the threat of you and your users being censored by the very service provider for things which are not illegal or unlawful in your own country, or deserving of censorship by any reasonable free speech oriented standard, and beyond your control?