Guy (not me) starts a thread titled "If Blizzard Ran A Fire Department..."
911 Operator: Hello do you have an emergency?
Caller: Yes my house is on fire, please hurry!
911 Operator: I have dispatched the fire department. Should take no longer then three or four weeks. Until then, do you have some lawn furnature or a swing you can relax on until the firemen arrive?
Caller: Yeah I'm on, wait....what?
911 Operator: Well sir, if you do not have any kind of lawn furnature you can order some through our new Fire-Auction sales program. There you will find some great gifts while you wait.
Caller: If you guys hurry and put out my fire I won't need to sleep on my lawn. PLEASE HURRY!
911 Operator: Like I said you can expect the fire department to arrive within the next three to four weeks. Do you have a PayPal account sir?
911 Operator: SIR?
Inferno Act 2 anyone?
Blue POST Response: Flawless analogy! It doesn't seem very fitting for the forums though. Thanks!
Granted it's blizzard's forums and they can do whatever they want but blocking criticism is not going to win them any brownie points with anyone. It even annoys those of us that actually believe in free speech.
Here's an idea Blizzard: Shut down the forums completely if you feel you need to block any criticism. It's better to not give people a common place to discuss things than come off looking so anti-free speech. We can just take our discussions to Reddit, somethingawful, even 4chan where no blizzard employee can protect their product and way of doing business from criticism.
On a side note, I like Diablo 3 and enjoy playing it. I do plan on buying the expansion too. I just can't stand to see unnecessary and self serving censorship as exemplified by what I just witnessed.