wow, sounds like an echo chamber there! have i wrote something so wrong?
you don't need to agree with my choice for what freedom means. "free" is very subjective, there's no one definition that "makes it free" from people choosing different ones!
or my definition of forum that i used there.
the op was expecting something else, perhaps i helped him (and other people with the same intent) to answer a bit more of their question.
for sure i bothered you guys, surprisingly. sorry. really didn't mean to.
if it wasn't clear, yes, i meant free for using online as a free service, like those similar tools and a few more, without any expertise or financial investment needed.
there are many amazing free services online, like the ones i've mentioned (why nobody commented on scuttlebutt?), and many different models on how to make it free, like wikipedia and the late github (you know, before microsoft put their dirty hands on it)...
i find it really hard to do any analogies with any kind of offline product. they break too fast.
anyway... i probably should be going to sleep now.