Recently, I got this comment:
Just browsing and I saw that Jason posted a link to a site that can unprotect projects.
[See the censored comment here]
I’m not sure if you edit/censor the comments, but I don’t like that site. (Yes, I’ve used it!)
But there are too many [Excel developers] who make their living with protected .xla projects.
Yours in censorship,
I hardly think it’s necessary to post the entire comment, but there were two things I loved about it: The admission that he’d used the site that he hates; and the closing “Yours in censorship”. They were just too funny not to share.
To answer the question, I’ve never censored a comment until this one. I want people, like Jason, to feel comfortable that they can comment on this site. Actually, I just don’t want the extra work of monitoring comments. Although I read them all, I don’t want to be the comment police.
I thought about this for a couple of days and I decided to remove the link that Jason provided. There’s no question that I am against people stealing other people’s work. There’s also no question that the method provided by the link could be used to do that. It could also be used to get at your own code for which you lost the password, a reason about which I have no objection. I don’t advocate the outlawing of CD-RWs because they may be used to steal music. So what’s the difference?
The difference is that I and other authors of this site are Excel developers. It is in our best interest that as few people as possible know how to crack code. If we were professional musicians, maybe we would be against CD-RWs. I’m not going to crusade to have that information removed from the internet, I simply choose not to spread it.
I imagine one or two of you has an opinion on this subject and I’d like to hear it. And to Jason: I’m sorry I censored you. I’m sure you meant nothing malicious and were only trying to help. You can call me a communist if you want (but nobody else can).