I just finished reading most of your posts using Babelfish (Translation software from Italian to English) and I must say, I’m a little dissapointed by a few of our Italian members. From what I understand you can’t live with our current rules and some members have even opened a new forum abusing the CD Freaks name.
Let me first say that we treasure all our members and we try to be equal to each one of you. The Italian Forum however has always been a special place, mainly because, as you might know, most CD Freaks creators, moderators and administrators are Dutch and don’t understand a word Italian.
Reading the forum, I have however only thing to say: some of you are threathing CD Freaks.com. You have to understand that CD Freaks is not a small site made by amateurs, trough the years we have spent a lot of time and efforts to make the site to what it is. We have come from the underground and are trying to work the site up to a respectable knowlegde base with information about CD-R and DVD-R, filesharing and legal news.
The site currently gets about 1.2 million visitors every month and costs a lot of money and time to stay up and alive. Therefor we can not tolerate any illegal activities. You must understand that we, and many other medium/large sites draw a lot of attention, we have had several mails of authorities threathing us with law suits and webhosters have kicked us off our servers.
Currently there are working too many people for the site and we spent too much time and money on the site to risk a shut down by authorities or webhosting company. If we get kicked now, we will probably never be able to get the site up and running again, CD Freaks would be dead.
CD Freaks.com has been more commercial and will certainly fail for an underground site examn, but as time passed by, we have chosen to let CD Freaks survive and show the world that we (CD Freaks visitors) aren’t just dumb leechers, but people with knowlegde and a strong community feeling.
Besides that, who doesn’t know already where to get cracks and related files. There is a well know searchenige (astalavista) and game cracks can be found on gamecopyworld. I guess everyone who would just take a little time to read previous posts would be able to find them.
You can try to setup your own forum, but keep in mind, as it becomes bigger, you will get the same problems as we got, and PLEASE do not use CD Freaks on your forum and/or URL. This gives us a bad name and in the end would even force us to take legal actions.
So do we need censorship ? Unfortunately yes. Some members of the Italian Chat have abused our forum to go to indepth converstations that have hurt others, and therefor we had to decide that policital and religious topics are not allowed in the Italian Chat.
Let me tell you that in the rest of the about 20 other forums you can find here there are no problems at all, you won’t find people complaining or going into fights, nor will you find requests for warez and/or cracks. The forum is now mainly used to ask technical questions and most of them get answered. We have lost some old members and we are really sorry about this, but I’m afraid they were not the real CD Freaks, and now in the end the forum has more members and visitors then ever.
The real CD Freak ISN’T a only self caring pirate.
The real CD Freaks cares about the whole community and wants to help other visitors and conversate about everything related to CD-R. CD-R is NOT warez.
I hope most of you will understand our reasons, and will respect our decisions. Please be fair and think about what you would do when you were in our situation.
Ciao a tutti,