you really want to play with me, dontcha?
because using words and trying to define them is all this is.
you all must have got my point by now, but perhaps your rational minds can't allow my words to be right, because they don't fit in your (rather poor) definitions. or perhaps you're even consciously seeking some weird form of online satisfaction in literally trolling me.
no matter what i write here, you'll always be able to twist and keep picking on me.
but i'll bite. my masochistic self, that is. below is my last play on this topic for the foreseeable future.
here's a good source for defining words: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free
Freedom, generally, is having an ability to change without constraint.
and here's what "nodebb" really is: a brand.
A brand is a name, term, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.
i don't know (and i barely care) exactly how nodebb is capitalizing the brand (i barely care how any other brand does it, for that matter). but it is doing it in some way. it's selling the brand. for money.
sell it away.
i'm really glad at least you're not censoring this thread... even if you feel threatened by it for some reason.
if i can't use the nodebb service as a brand because i don't know how to host it, or because i don't have the money to pay for a host, then it is not free for me. i have no ability to use nodebb to make a change-without-constraint in my ability to use nodebb.
and that's what happens for at least 90% of people who might want to use nodebb for free. they just can't.
there are similar brands out there, doing similar efforts, and none are free in this way.
until one is.
and then it might become the only one (way back machine). or just the leading one (google). or the pioneer (orkut?).
my one paragraph in my first message which caused so much commotion in this thread was simply stating all this. and the other paragraph was me cheering for nodebb to be a pioneer in this aspect. even though my hopes for that actually happening were actually very low even before all this.