As per what Anaru said. Do what you want with the website, it belongs to you. I don't expect or desire a change of mind and it would be your choice to do so if you wanted
Honestly will be surprised if it lasts if the 403's aren't fixed soon though...
That being said, lying about its popularity just doesn't work here. It definitely is not 'only a small group' of individuals, especially considering that yourself and other members of staff not only found it hilarious but also participated. There's a difference between been exempt from the rules and just pretending that it wasn't happening with more than a small group. Its also worth noting that said responses by staff also were given likes because others found them humorous.
It very clearly added something to the discussion, otherwise it wouldn't have been used here by yourself. Yes its a new rule, however pretending it wasn't something popular or found funny by many is just nonsense as the reason for the rule is because it has clearly gotten to a stage where its popular enough to be an issue.
The whole point of having this rule is because of the abundance of people doing it, you cant then lie and claim that it was only a 'small group of individuals' doing it or finding it funny when the majority of the active users find it funny
Except a picture can sometimes say everything it needs to;
This picture here, supported by (once again) a majority of the active users on the Bionicle 2016 topic ends up explaining not only that Bionicle included dismemberment before, but by not actually saying words prevents a potential conflict from arising by simply showing the image rather than telling the other person they are incorrect or wasting time with text that a user may simply skip if they aren't interested or may misinterpret.
This will create very odd situations as others have mentioned - as people who would now originally responds with just a funny meme or image that expressed their thoughts will now either have to type out more (Which is often ignored if you have an image in the post anyway) or simply wont bother commenting as they just wanted to post something that others would enjoy or get a small laugh out of.
Such as if someone posted this MOC;
And someone else responded with;
The point is clear as crystal. Why would they then need to write a long comment explaining how the meme relates to the fact that the MOC has a long neck when the similarities between the two images tell enough of the story.
The nerves you hit are simple to explain, here is a list of them for reference;
Making this rule about people who find things funny;
In your comment you referred to those who find 'funny images' funny. You brought into the rule the idea of whether people find memes or things funny, and that had no place in the rule, so of course its now got retaliation as a result because whether people find it funny or not does not relate to the rule.
Lying about how often or popularised the idea of posting funny images is;
Then you also referred to that majority of very active and loyal fans as a small group, you belittled them for no real reason by saying a lie that is not an accurate representation of the events.
Admitting that it wont actually change the 403 issues with the boards;
The boards are virtually broken, members are leaving, ranks are being lost. Its takes hundreds of times to post a comment, like a post, etc.The PM that was originally for the most loyal and active of members has been closed and now a new rule has come up meaning that people who want to just post a quick joke that relates to the topic now need to spend longer typing up something that may weaken the appeal of trying to quickly post a meme. In essence. By admitting its not going to help the main issues that are threatening to lose the board members and instead is just adding another rule, it gives people another reason to leave as its a rule that adds more time to how long it already takes to post with the 403's RIP Looch
The simple truth that getting people to add more text with images wont actually help the boards;
The user is still posting the image regardless of whether they add text. Adding a bunch of text to a comment that originally was just going to contain an image is just going to take up more space on the boards. The only reason this situation would ever reduce the space taken up on the boards would be if you were to reduce amount of images posted, all this rule is doing is getting people to post images/videos/gif's with more text which will take up more space
Definitely not, every single time this has occurred there have been many members liking or commenting about the meme.
There are several topics that have been doing this for years that are actually the more visited topics on the boards. Topics such as 'look what I've got' or topics regarding sharing music you like, or topics devoted to varying YouTube personalities such as Jangbricks, or topics such as the varying podcast groups (Modcast) when they are posting a video and don't feel like writing a ton.
Sometimes its just simple truth that words aren't needed. A bunch of images of a MOC on a beach in a topic titled 'MOC's on the beach' wouldn't need each new image posted to have a lot of text to explain it. and surely adding words takes up more space than just the image on its own?
Please excuse typo's, 403 errors make it a pain to post.