It's not that this isn't true, but IMO this maneuver can be performed on literally any remotely interesting or nonconformist community, and censoring ourselves to the point we were robust to such a treatment would be the end of the board... Hell, my contributions to The French and Master&Commander threads this week would be ample material were a journo motivated.Depends whether they want to. I've seen plenty of articles where a journalist claims they've stumbled across some extremist group chat or whatever then pastes unsourced quotes into their article. You could quite easily do that to this place if you took a bunch of quotes out of context.
Side note, I know Europe isn't as protective of speech rights as good ol Stars n Stripes, but what could they do to a VBulletin forum, like what would "getting shutdown" entail? (@sufi we self-hosted or through a service?)
Luckily I think we will never reach a board population that would make us a worthwhile target.