You already put a rule in place about the fabrication of leaks and that leaks would need to be run-through with you all before being posted on the boards - as such I'm not sure why that part of the reasoning behind this is included. The other reasons i can understand though and agree and support.
Yet the lack of users being able to link to leaks will just cause annoyance and confusion while discussion is allowed - and obviously without discussion on leaks then the boards would just be virtually dead for months.
The issue being if discussion is allowed then someone who has seen the leaks can talk all about them in the topic, however when asked 'what leaks?' or 'where are the leaks?' cannot reply, thus infuriating message boards users who could normally be linked an image to talk about. Remembering that a majority of the board users are children and unlikely to be able to find leaked images easily online.
I know you may not be taking suggestions - however can i suggest the following option to consider;
- What about TTV discussing the leaks AFTER the release of the finalised sets? You don't need to share the images however fans still want to hear your thoughts on the sets and the evolution from concept to final product. Discussion as you stated is still allowed currently and fans would find the leaks themselves and you'd just discuss your thoughts on their evolution.
This would not allow for a distraction from the current storyline given you would discuss your thoughts at the same time as the official versions are released, would allow for discussion on how the sets evolved from concept to final product, a look into the design process behind the Lego sets (Which myself and others enjoy seeing) and in addition would not allow bootleggers time to make the products as you would be reporting on them after the official sets are released. In addition you would not be drawing attention to the confidential images given you would not be sharing them and would be talking about them after the official release.
Any chance of that happening?
I feel the autopsy videos are more of an opinion-related video based on some facts, it doesn't represent the views of everyone, just because a few members view it as worthless does not mean that everyone does so. The TTV channel is proof of that given it had an increase of 10,000 subscribers primarily due to the reports on leaks - so that's a ton of people who primarily subscribed to your channel for leak discussion. Your leak discussion videos primarily are the highest viewed videos on your channel averaging 13,000 more views than your regular videos.
Analysing the evolution of the sets from concepts to final product is what people enjoy, its what the entire 2015 hype was all about and what convinced everyone to get many of the sets.
If leak discussion stops, which it seems is still being considered an option according to your comment here, the autopsy video and in this video, then fans wont have anything to discuss for months. Honestly the boards would probably die without discussion of the leaks being allowed as that is the only thing that the boards offer different from other websites.
'you will still be able to discuss leaked Bionicle and Lego content on the TTV community and Vessel, that aspect of our community is not changing at the moment'
A lot of Lego lines have relied on leak discussion to boost hype for them before release, allowing users to plan their purchases and create fan-art to advertise the brand. Without it then we may not have had things like this for example (All created thanks to leaks)
So please don't get rid of leak discussion as it would destroy a large aspect of the community.
Just personal viewpoint on the matter. Once again, agree with your decision about not reporting on them. Not intended to be harsh, but i realise comments may seem it. Just concerned about what it could mean to the discussion in future.