Frankly, the state of the forums is in a sad state.
I have adopted a try to be positive attitude and just not get pulled into these types of issues.
ST owns and operates this forum, they can do whatever they want. If we like it, we stay, if we don’t, either get over it, or move on.
There are things that can be improved, but having to track 10 different threads about the same damn topic is as annoying as all hell. Trying to find who said what, etc. is insane.
Merging them into one thread, or better yet, moving them into a separate category if critical mass is reached are great ideas that just didn’t get done correctly or exposed a flaw in discourse in organizing how threads are merged.
I don’t know how merging threads on similar (or exactly the same thing) are in any way breaking any rules of openness or free speech…
The fact that this debate is even occurring is proof of the great openness of this community. It would be nice if we had more community moderation, heck I have even suggested before that a separate developer forum be created from a user to user forum. Maybe this could be part of the ever expanding developers section of the website?
Lastly, discussing security issues in the open is the worst place to do it. I asked awhile back for official channels to submit security flaws or issues, and nothing has come of that. Now, we have a full on actual vulnerabilities discussion, even a pseudo whitepaper on how our data is protected, but when any questions are asked, ST goes quiet in answering it.
My only ask is that ST respond to some of these things. Remove them if you have to, merged them if it helps keep in organized, lock it and bury it if it gets out of hand, but please, please, respond to the questions the community asks, especially when someone from ST comes out of the woodwork, publishes a document and then disappears for weeks…
I know many ST folks are taking vacations and gearing up for the craziness that is going to occur launching hub v2 and platform changes soon*. But managing the flow of questions and comments from users vs needs of developers will be a massive undertaking.
Split the forums into two groups, users and developers. Let the user forums be SEO optimized and let the developer one be private. Then we can discuss these issues without the casual user or potential customer seeing these exchanges in the raw.
Just my two cents…