Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
This is semantic hair-splitting, and I shan't be participating further.
There is someone in charge. Even if it's the group owner. Sites such as these do have someone who can stop things in their tracks if they so choose.
Pretending that online forums are structurally "a group of equals" is a convenient fiction. It's not that participants can't create that environment and if they wish to they can do that no matter what the structure of the venue.
It has nothing to do with terminology. (And this is coming from someone who firmly believes that language can and does influence thought
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