Rob.... this is something I've been curious about, because it seemed like there was a rather noticable change since mid-last year w/regard commentary on breeders or other touchy subjects. Was there a lawsuit threatened beyond talk on the website?I'm just going to pop on here to basically say what was posted above is correct. Anyt topic, other than the ones mentioned above or listed also in board rules , are open for discussion. Just remember to not make statements that maybe are only speculative on anything. Not only could it get someone in trouble with board rules but it could also cause further problems for them beyond this board. So it's okay to question or have a matter cleared up but it's not okay to come out and state something that you yourself are not 100 percent sure of. So basically if you're not sure of something think it out before you type it out, because is it something you want to get out with your name attached to it.
I know there was a breeder (not the one discussed here) who openly took down names of people on the forum and intended to involve everyone in a defamation lawsuit. I don't remember much beyond that - and I saw less mentioned of that breeder, though prior to that point they had been discussed frequently and referred to as a puppy mill by several members, likely even including those rebuking me on this thread.
Is that the reason for the change? Or has this been a steadily evolving change based on who moderates, etc?
I have no interest in ruining anyone's reputation. If their reputation is ruined by me commenting they and others could become more active in discussing issues that involve our breed with petowners - it's well, their business.