I'm just guessing but I don't think that is his version of Free Speech.
What I gather is that when an argument does occur, posts that do not agree with the current political stance of the website get deleted, and the thread gets locked. Once locked, the thread often looks very different than where it ended up before the cleansing. Quite convenient for some. Certainly not an accurate representation of the original thread.
To make matters worse, posts that do remain are often edited, sometimes completely altering the intent of those posts.
This is not unique to the Kids Magic thread. There was a thread started by Jamie Grant asking "why all the hate" regarding the new Street Magic Magazine. People were mostly giving answers that were not popular and not in favor of the magazine. James Clark wrote a very childish and defensive post that was replete with special characters throughout: (@#$^@$%^@$%&^@$%^@$%^@$^@). I was quite impressed.
Once it was realized that James made a huge mistake and looked childish, combined with the negative nature of almost all the posts, out came the mop-up crew. . .
After the cleansing, the locked thread had a completely different tone.
A complete 180.
It's frightening to me that a thread that takes a natural path, as ugly as it might be, gets stopped, edited (to suit an advertiser perhaps?), the intent reversed, and locked so no further views may be expressed.
Look at it now: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... orum=227&8
This is NOT how this thread looked and in no way is indicative of the feelings of the original posters. Clark's childish post has been removed, all the negativity has been removed, explanations to Jamie (bless his heart) as to why all the hate have been removed, and now it's just a benign "It's always hard at first. Go get'em tiger"
For all the good the website does, this is something I really think needs to be addressed.
I'll admit that having paid advertisers makes it tricky.