I noticed today (10/15/06) that certain words posted by members have been turned into roll-over links that point to advertisements obstensibly related to the linked words in the post. So far, words such as boat, marketing, Mediterranean, Portugal
have been so altered. The results (the linked commercial
sites) are sometimes not sailing-related per se. It appears that a word list may be being used.
I don't mind anyone trying to turn a buck, but I object to anyone opening up my post and monkeying around with the actual text. I'm grateful for the ability to insert a link myself for clarification or illustration, or to point to someone's blog or website that has information related to my post. And if I post something that is outside the liberal bounds of decency and/or civility of this site, something obscene, for example, the moderator has every right to expunge my post, er, post haste, as it were. I'm glad there are standards here.
But editing my post is something else all together, and I'm very uncomfortable with it. My post gets changed from what I want to say into what someone else wants to say using
what I'm saying. Someone getting into my post and making changes to the actual characters I've typed, including HTML, is, well, Orwellian
(that link's mine). What's next, the moderator's spelling corrections? (Lord, that would keep someone busy around here!)
It hasn't happened to me yet, but I already feel used.
What does everyone else think about having his posts altered to be used as springboards to advertisements?