I think this came about shortly after some idiot made his 1st post by repeating ***** (p e n i s in case that got censored) about a hundred times and then screaming that he should never have been allowed to do it, that it should have been censored. There was also enough leakage i guess from the few folks who participated in the cus thread (or so admin claims, i never saw it) that he closed it at the same time.
i'm still trying to bite my tongue on this for now as i have some awfully strong feelings about censorship and the whole concept makes me want to use a whold bunch of those censored words. I have expressed these views somewhat tactifully in the past and the short of it that i think that censorship is far more dangerous than any of the words that get censored. Flat out - admin is very wrong on this one.
that being said, it is his site and he can be as wrong as he wants to be. the question of whether we all want to find a new place to hang out is up to us, and i'll admit i am torn. i have had a few thoughts about doing so because the vast overrunning of posts by gibberrish spouting kiddies lately. The intelligencelevel of general conversation seems to have dropped about 20 IQ points in the last month. and i was also tempted to when the censorship went into place, just like my friend Simone who has never been one to use abusive language in my memory.
but frankly, admin has never been that much of this site. and until his recent slanders of democrats i had the utmost respect for him. In light of those cheap shots, this censorship action just looks like more right wing control of freedoms to me, the same kind of mentality that fueled the inquisition and book burnings - deciding what is too dangerous for others and taking on the patriarchical role of protecting them from themselves (a very republican kind of thing to do i have noticed). However, it is the people here that have always made this site a place i want to be. there are many i would hate to lose touch with. there are many people that i enjoy 'listening' to what they have to say.
As for this not being the US, you are wrong on that one nkuvu. The server and owner of it reside in the US, and therefore this site is subject to US law, to state law and to admin's local law. It is also protected by the bill of rights. However, admin has the option to set rules as he sees (within the law) as this is privately owned and not a public corporation.
I would simply beg of you admin, to let this board go back to taking care of itself. It worked wonderfully for a long time. and punishing the abusers with suspensions as you have done in the past makes more sense than starting down the road to lack of personal freedoms and lack of responsibility.
i would like to see Simone stay regardless of the outcome. I am sure i will unless this thread gets closed, in which case i will likely begin packing my browsers and either going back to my real life or finding a new forum as well. for it is one thing to censor objectionable words, and entirely another to censor intelligent discussions about censorship.
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