From the News BBS at Netease 网易, a discussion of how truthful you can be on Netease BBS. Could be a shill for Netease (as some of the commenters point out), but even so the discussion is interesting for its candid discussion of life in Virtual China–at least for those who want to discuss the news. The assumption is that the more one can speak the truth on a news forum, the better it is. Could relatively free speech be a differentiator in the BBS marketplace in China? On the other hand, even though it’s been nominated as an “elite” post (I found it on the Netease BBS elite post list) it’s only been read by 1200 people in the last few days, a very small number. Does that mean that people see this kind of thing a lot and are jaded, or that they just don’t want to deal with this topic because it’s sensitive, or that it’s simply not important to them?
The post is titled, In all China, only on Netease does one dare speak the truth, you can speak the truth!
Every time I come to Netease I have the feeling I can speak freely! And not only this, but how many have been helped! For example, giving aid to the poor and so on! I’ve wanted to say this for a long time! At the very least it allows those with resentment or grievances to speak out and purge their anger!!
Objectively speaking you love Netease because you can speak the truth
But that’s not now
It’s in the past
Compared with other forums Netease is already pretty good, at least you can get posts out…
It’s a lot better than Zhonghua–that place is garbage, you have to register just to respond to a post
The fawning posts are all here, my posts never go out so of course you don’t get to see them.
I’m suspicious!!! Why is that every post I respond to gets closed down??
You can speak the truth but once it’s said you won’t see it. They have to get by too, it’s understandable.
You can’t say everything here, you’re playing it up.