Before I answer the above post, my apologies to you, for getting you dragged into this debate, in a very unfavourable way. I still feel that you were not at fault, and your query was quite clear. Understanding levels of the members differ, but that doesn't put the onus on you, and make you the guilty party, even if the Managing Editor says so. You asked a very clear question. I feel bad that you are being held responsible for all this.
"Allow everyone to post according to their understanding" - This is a message to you, to allow members to post because you feel they should be allowed to post according to their understanding. So, let's get this clear – I am quoting you, and putting you up to the challenge (as in act accordingly).
Hitherto, responses were never based on the understanding of members. ISC has always stressed on understanding and posting. So, the responses by the other members were not in line with the policies of this forum. Have those policies changed in the recent past? I am not aware.
The old and the new debate was started by you - I just stated a fact, based on the post. You raked it up by giving examples of when the scooter could have been bought etc. Are you propagating that members now begin deciphering what could be the history behind every post, and then answer, instead of responding to what is clearly mentioned?
I did not imply anything I asked a very direct question. Did they read the question? However, according to your representation, it appears that they read it, but did not understand it. This to me seems a worse hypothesis, than my implied question!
I can see that you are arguing for the sake of arguing – "Also, how are we to know whether or not he availed of an initial free service if at all & did not have any more such offers?" Do you want members to get into the whole depth of the guy's scooter history or do you want members to answer his simple question? How does it matter whether he availed an initial service or why he wants to attempt it on its own? Is that even important? He just wants to know how to service his scooter.
Yes, a lot of ifs and buts on my end too, but focused towards your stance here – not the scooter.
You quote me in your penultimate para. However, let me once again quote what you said: "They would obviously answer it the way they understood it." You brought in this aspect of members answering according to their understanding. Where does this give scope to determine whether comments are indeed pointless? You cannot have two set of rules. Follow one rule - if you want to stick to how people answer, based on their understanding abilities, then stick to it.
Lastly, the bone of contention appears to be that I questioned a member's response. Perhaps that didn't go down too well with your authority. You should have stated this right in the beginning, instead of digressing into a puerile debate about when the scooter was bought….
The digression could have been avoided had you allowed it to, we preach something and do the opposite.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino