Just to be clear: I have no problem with (some) discussion of the
movies as movies. What I wouldn't want to see is a flood of such. And
what I _object_ to -- the _only_ thing I object to in the discussion so
far -- is the notion that there is any obligation to avoid
"discouraging" or even inadvertently possibly seeming to "discourage"
movie-only-fans from participating in _this_ forum (as Bonnie was
claiming). If people are "discouraged" by the sort of criticism of
Jackson's treatment of Tolkien that occasioned Bonnie's warning, then
they probably wouldn't enjoy this forum much anyways. In any event, I
won't be muzzled in my criticism of Jackson's movies out of any concern
for the feelings of movie-fans; unless, of course, the moderator makes
You'll also note, David L., that I specifically pointed out that this
forum is _not_ limited to discussion of Tolkien, which someone had
implied was the case by a question of topicality (and further note that
no one else bothered to do so).
Oh, and just because David L. thinks it's OK to discuss any given topic
in this forum doesn't make it on-topic for this forum. That is
determined by the stated purpose of the forum (twice previously quoted)
and by the moderator who enforces it (or not), not by either David L.
or me. But my "vote" on the matter ought to have just as much weight as
David L.'s or anyone else's, to the extent that the moderator cares
about anyone's "vote". Certainly it is not in my power to prohibit
_anything_ so far as this list goes; but I have just as much right as
David L. to express my opinion on what is and what is not on topic.