My statement about the TTV Message Boards. Anyone else who would like to contribute stories of their own, please post below.
Dear Senior Members of the TTV Community,
On the afternoon of March 1, 2016, I engaged in a new subtopic under the overarching topic which was Bionicle 2016. I am able to supply quotes for the discussion, and will provide several examples in this statement. This will be a rather long post, due to the quotes, but I believe that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. The side discussion began when community members started discussing their opinions on different voices in the new trailers released from Netflix which cover Bionicle: Journey to One.
I began by making a comment that I liked the metallic effect of the voices, considering the somewhat mechanical personality of the main characters. Community member Azani responded with the comment “For whatever reason, this is a little off-putting to me, especially because I've never really seen G2 characters as robots or even cyborgs; more along the lines of aliens..” (Post 20081), and a new side discussion started. I responded with:
“I know it may seem unnatural, but that's just the nature of the characters. They are robots, in a manner of speaking. Its something you may have to get used to.” (Post 20082).
At this point, I intended to explain that these were bio-mechanical beings, but more mechanical than biological, which covers headcanon and would clearly fit under an extremely general topic of Bionicle 2016.
Azani continued the discussion by remarking “I'm not talking about anything but headcanon; I understand what the official story is. And I'm pretty sure that the villagers, at least, aren't fully robots, because we've heard that they can have children.” (Post 20087). To me this was a very strong point, but just to keep the discussion alive and to not just complain about the voice acting in the trailers, I decided to play devil’s advocate. By this point you should be able to tell the flow of conversation through the posts themselves, but I will continue posting quotes and explaining myself. In playing devil’s advocate, I remarked:
“OK, well, if you consider our advancements of technology, one day, nanobots may have the ability to multiply, "creating" a new singular consciousness, much like human cells. Its a currently nonexistent concept, but who knows in the future. Just saying, its possible. Add that to the fact that this universe has slightly different rules than ours, and boom, completely possible.” (Post 20088).
Community member evolutionofconsciousness decided to join the discussion, saying “I'm slightly confused as to what you mean here... are you trying to say that the villagers and Toa are inorganic robots?” (Post 20089) to which I responded:
“Its a possibility. There could be an even larger motive out there. After all, I'm sure robots today aren't aware of being inorganic, they just go along with their "lives". This could be big.” (Post 20090).
I was connecting together pieces of a puzzle, and decided upon a new theory for the newer generation of Bionicle, which is that all of the beings that are main characters to the story were created by something or someone else. Considering the plot twist of Gen1 where everything happened inside of a giant robot, I did not consider this too far out. White_Rainbow joined the conversation (which is drawing to a close), and stated:
“Not really, first it would contradic the whole bio thing, and while you may use the counter argument of "not G1" it is clearly stated in a book that Tahu could smell something (and cmon don't bring up "smelling sensors"). To further that they are not simply robots they do feel love in this new Gen and in yet another book you can see families.” (Post 20092).
“Smell is only objective, and refers to the recognition of scent patterns in the air. Thus, Tahu is able to "smell".
I don't want to be too contradictory, but I think this will give the topic something new to speak about, and may provide new insights to the world of Bionicle.” (Post 20098, a reposting of some ideas after Post 20093 and new additions).
At this point the conversation is dying own and most people are back to talking about the voice acting. White_Rainbow was apparently fed up with me talking about headcanon and how it could relate to how we view reality in the Bionicle universe, and said “This argument is quite invalid, and Kinda off topic so anyway.” I was confused at his statement that this was off-topic, and later admittedly did something fairly rash. I wanted to keep the conversation going, especially with White_Rainbow and evolutionofconsciousness, so I enticed White_Rainbow with a .gif which could best be described as Tahu(from Gen1) pulling out his swords and saying “Come at me, Bro”. Soon after this, I come back to see how the topic is faring, and find the post deleted. I also see this message,
Account suspended until March 2, 2016: Off-topic discussion in the 2016 topic. Read the rules, mang!(Copied directly from login screen at board.ttvpodcast.com)
While I’m not sure who suspended my account, I believe it unjust that I was banned from a general Bionicle 2016 topic for talking about Bionicle 2016. I don’t care about knowing who did this, and I don’t want anyone punished, but what I do want is for no one to be suspending accounts unjustly. The worse part is that they didn’t just ban me from the topic, they suspended the account completely. This stopped me from communicating to you until now. If my account was banned for a month, this would all be a distant memory.
While you’ve had to listen to the whole topic and read such a long post, I want for you to consider what this means to the community and what impacts it could have.
Community member Voridak
Edited for Double Post.