For background start here http://file770.com/weisskopf-announces-hiatus-for-baens-bar/ but the short version is that Baen has shuttered its venerable forums because they’ve had a bit more let’s-have-a-civil-war & protocol-fascism than usual AND people have noticed.
I’ve not covered this so far mainly because I’ve been busy covering the broader issue (eg https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2021/02/07/no-that-really-is-want-they-meant-by-augusto/ ) and I’ll confess much of this seems less shocking to me because I’ve been seeing this in conservative forums for years.
Any way, here to throw oil onto troubled fires is Baen author Larry Correia. https://monsterhunternation.com/2021/02/16/publishing-house-baen-books-attacked-by-cancel-culture
It is a text book example of using “free speech” as an excuse to avoid talking about what was being said. Barb’s Bar is not a “free speech” forum and does not claim to be. It is a moderated forum and the publishing house had limited what people have said in the past.
Notably, Larry Correia also moderates and limits the range of discussions on his fan sites on Facebook and MeWe. Notably there is a “no boogaloo” policy designed to limit discussion advocating violent insurrection in the USA.
There’s also there’s something of a false-flag two-step in the comments (aka the old line of nobody did anything bad and we support what they did and anyway the bad things were done by outsiders who are secret leftists etc etc).
I’ll keep watching 😐