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Post by Adrian on 11th September 2010, 11:58 am

So.

Some of you will have noticed that you can swear on the forum. I appreciate that there will be mixed reactions to this.

I want to explain why you can swear here and why I hope that you will think hard about choosing to do so.

When I set up the forum I made the choice to not build a word censor list of swears, words that would be replaced with a "bleep" as I decided that wanted to trust that adults who used this forum would appreciate that they are responsible for the environment we all inhabit, both the digital space and the meat space.

So, why no censor list? Well one be easy to start, there are at least two that are bleeped out on most "nice" fora, but after that, where do you stop - words some may regard as acceptable, others would find offensive. The thing is that I want this forum to be a no censor place, that means that only in the most extreme times will I allow posts to be deleted or censored, I would like to say that it will never happen, but never is a long time and I know that circumstances change.

With regard to the potential image that this ability projects.

I came to the conclusion that I want the forum to grow slowly and organically, to attract like minded souls together who are serious about change and the world around us, I do not want it to be an online pony club or a place to pretend that all in the world is sweetness and light.

In the real world people swear, some to great excess, some only occasionally and in the real world there are words that I do not tolerate and will not on the forum - however, I trust my members to be the adults they are and self censor. If reading the odd swear puts a guest off from joining as a member, then the chances are that they would not be right for us anyway.

I hope this explains the way I am thinking on this matter.

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Post by Compostwoman on 11th September 2010, 12:23 pm

I had noticed, when reading the article about Micheal O'Leary - I just thought it was a quote so that was why.

In my comment I could have used much ruder words than the one I did, but I didn't.

Mind you , he had already been quoted using most of them, anyway.. Smile

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