Originally Posted by ChewbaccaD
Closing my "Lance owes the Clinic an apology" was complete bull****. That was the greatest thread in a long time. This place ****ing sucks.
The problem with the thread was the implication of trolling. Trolling is not allowed on the CN Forums. It is against the rules, therefore it is stopped in its tracks immediately whenever it occurs. You have clearly confused "trolling" for what the mods refer to as "allowing for all opinions."
Repeated appearances from the same banned individual(s) whose posting style instantly revealed themselves is not trolling. Trolling is not allowed on CN forums. They were simply presenting the "other side" to the Armstrong argument.
Personally, I find it offensive that a genuine American hero was bullied by a media icon into falsely admitting to things that he never did just to satisfy the insatiable urges of The Dirty Dozen that occupy The Clinic. Without the mods allowing for "all opinion" this place would have never moved on from the intellectually informative discussions of a few years ago. Valiantly defending Armstrong and insulting those who clearly love cancer is something to be admired. The mods should be commending for allowing such scintillating exchanges over the years.
Regardless of what Oprah forced Lance into saying, I think we should remember the words of Chris Horner: Is there video tape evidence of doping? I think not. Therefore there is still room for rational debate. I trust that the mods, guided by the wisdom of Daniel Benson, will continue to encourage the expression of "all opinions."
I think it is all of "us" who owe the mods an apology. They are volunteers after all. Actually, that's not true. They were forced into beings mods (presumably by Oprah as well. She is very rich and powerful). They have real jobs and life's to contend with (and none of us do). They simply can not be expected to recognize trolling. They are very, very busy with other things. It was only upon close examination that one of the mods discovered that Polish was trolling. This came as a shock to most forum members but it is a clear indicator of just how astute the moderation staff is, and how strictly they adhere to the rules of not allowing trolling.
Besides, whatever you may think of Armstrong, all of his transgressions occurred fifteen years ago. Just ask Jens Voigt. Isn't it time to move on?