Does this method of gathering signatures change the legitimacy of the petition?
We watch even though we aren't involved. Our lack of involvement does not invalidate our opinion.
I really hope this was a joke. If not, that statement is an ad hominem attack and serves only to alienate both her and her "friend group." It also makes the forums a lot less...friendly? Especially if you're trying to invalidate a collective opinion (just an opinion and request, not a demand) presented by just well-meaning person.
I figured you should know that your post so far reads like this:
"You can't voice your opinion about a topic because you aren't involved in it."
"You can't ask a topic to be shut down because that's 'bullying' to everyone who wants it to stay."
If she wants, she should clarify her intentions, but I'm pretty sure she was targeting no one in particular with her post. She didn't say, "Let's censor what Sierepica Fuzzywalker has to say." She did say, "Let's close this particular avenue of discussion because it is not constructive or appropriate." A decision regarding that would not target you (though to be fair, much of your contribution to the forums is in the form of debate, so that would affect your forums experience), it would apply to everyone.
That was not alluded to in the slightest. They were presenting their opinion respectfully, not as the only one that matters, but as one that the moderators should take into consideration. I'm sure they will also consider yours, and that of everyone who wants the topic to stay.
No one is getting nasty. And also, the moderators have said that they are currently debating the topic's existence. That sort of indicates that no, the debate over whether it should be allowed to exist is not over and has not "ended" at all.
Fair point. But that was a long time ago and decisions can be changed.
I read those when the topic was first created. Also, the allowance of the topic was done with this exception:
It seems that if the discussion is not civil and respectful, the moderators have a right to shut it down. That is up to their discretion.