Now here is my point: Nowhere in the charter can i find that you are not allowed to talk about questionable illegal entities. It's the post in itself which cannot to be of questionable legal status.
Now i understand why the moderators would like to moderate these usually very heated discussions, but claiming that these discussions - in themselves - are of questionable legal status is the wrong way to go in my opinion.
Have I missed something here?
Here is my perspective as a candidate:
Should a program be decided by the mods to be of questionable legal status, I am still in favor of allowing a managed discussion. Links, or other forms of promotion of use of something of questionable legal status I would deem inappropriate. Notice, that regarding the ippolit family of engines, there has been a lot of what I would consider promotion, so should the team decide that this family of engines was of questionable legal status, I would be in favor of reducing that. There has also been a lot of aggression and name calling between people of extreme views, and I am also in favor of reducing that. In this sense, I am in favor of censorship.
"Questionable Legal Status" is itself a bit of a fuzzy thing, and so in my mind the degree of harshness which "promotion of use" is cracked down on depends a bit on how confident the mods are in their conclusions. For example, if the mods believed something was questionable, but were not confident in their conclusions, any discussion related to investigation of whether something was "of questionable legal status" would certainly be allowable, even if aspects of it had some promotional undertones.
HOWEVER, if elected I would view my primary role as a technical consultant (I consider it somewhat important that at least one mod have experience as a chess engine programmer) and if my fellow mods were united in a different but also plausible interpretation of their role I would back them. In this respect I agree with Dann Corbit's perspective expressed in this thread:
http://www.talkchess.com/forum/viewtopi ... e26f4e46e9
"I do not think it right for me to attempt to inflict my will upon the other members of the team, since their opinions are just as valid as mine. "