I wouldn't dream of censoring anyone on Basenotes. You have every right to post anything you truly want to discuss, and of course, people have every right to respond. That includes the right to point out that:
Originally Posted by jlouismi
1. What you're posting has been thoroughly discussed in the past.
2. They disagree with your point of view.
3. They may find your manner of presenting the issue or participating in the discussion a bit confrontational.
It has often happened in the past that newer members on Basenotes (I notice that you joined about three months ago) have been questioned, or even rebuked, for being argumentative or somewhat overheated.
I would like to say that I believe once one launches a thread, while one may feel a certain attachment to it and to the responses it evokes, the thread belongs to the community, and others feel just as free to be frank in their expression as the original poster. What is expected, however, is a certain degree of civility in the conversation, and enough respect for other members to avoid overreacting and becoming heated in one's manner of expression.
I feel that the last sentence in your post which I quoted comes a little too close to stepping over a line. As a long-time observer on Basenotes, I have seen that newer members who persist in coming across as that heated are occasionally the ones who get themselves banned, and not older members who merely observe that a thread is going over what seems old territory for long-term members.
I assure you that I think your posts seem quite interesting, and that I admire your passion for scents. I would simply say you might want to moderate your tone, at least to the extent of avoiding expressions such as "so called perfume know it all's" (sic) and asking the "administrators" (I think you mean the moderators) to ban entire classes of people. That comes across as being a kind of ad hominem statement, a sort of personal attack on the person(s) disagreed with. I believe that we are all here to learn, and that any understanding that we may have gained is held in the humble knowledge that we have received it from others or from our own experience and long, hard efforts at research. I have never read any Basenotes member describe him/herself as an "expert" (not even the industry professionals who post here). I can only conclude that in using the expression "so-called," you are the one doing the calling. And no one likes to be characterized in a negative way.
If this seems to be a rebuke to you, please take it as the gentlest possible one. So forgive me for giving unsolicited advice, but I assure you that I mean it entirely in a friendly way, as a means of helping you enjoy your time here in the most constructive possible fashion. Please don't censor yourself, but please do consider the feelings of others whenever you may disagree with them. Peace, brother, and since I haven't had the pleasure of saying it before, Welcome.