More an observation than a rant

ZeBeeDee

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C'mon people ... there's no need for sewer talk, lay off with the use of f'kin and other words in the same vein when you post. Lets keep the place family orientated.

nuff said!
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

ZeBeeDee said:
....... lay off with the use of f'kin ..........

*cough*

Teapot, Kettle, Black, perhaps?

:LOL:
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

On a serious note, as the primary purpose of Amibay is a trading post meaning people of all ages and backgrounds come here, i'd like to see less use of swears and rude words / implications. I want Amibay to crush ebay for Amiga based trading so I think it needs to ensure that people are not put off using the site. Just my 2p's worth!
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I wrote this yesterday but was reluctant to post as I did not want to cause a fuss... but after the above posts here it is..

I have been thinking about Amibay and how it is evolving and would like to post some observations and ideas that are milling around in my head.

Please remember that these are not criticisms, I am not calling anyone or claiming I am right, they are opinions..

By its nature, Amibay will appeal to a very wide cross section of users, for example I know Amiga users in their 70's....so with this in mind I think it would be curtious if all users refrained from swearing or at least actual swearing, disguising the word a little (b*****d etc) takes little effort, still gets the message accross but is less likely to offend.

Regarding AmiRant, merlin wrote... "Please note that this chat area is in a public area of the site and non-members, bots and visitors can also see your posts; bear this in mind before you post something that you may regret later"... I agree but might it not be better in the members area so it is not stumbled upon by the prospective new Amibayer? unless of course it is public to try to create a little self moderation?
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

imnogeek said:
Regarding AmiRant, merlin wrote... "Please note that this chat area is in a public area of the site and non-members, bots and visitors can also see your posts; bear this in mind before you post something that you may regret later"... I agree but might it not be better in the members area so it is not stumbled upon by the prospective new Amibayer? unless of course it is public to try to create a little self moderation?

I agree. Maybe this area should not show up in the 'View new posts' report? Or only accessed by request? Just a thought.
 

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@ imnogeek

I totally agree; I would much prefer that members carry out some self-censorship, before a Moderator has to do it for them. I take no pleasure from peppering a post with edits, just because a member cannot show a little restraint. This is a general comment and not aimed at anyone in particular.....

It is for this reason that I think it should stay in a public area, in order that some peer pressure comes to bear on the worst offenders.
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I also agree with this. I think an profanities should be restricted to the staff area and PMs.

What would you all think to a word filter being setup that replaces any obvious swearing with ******?
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I also agree with this. I think an profanities should be restricted to the staff area and PMs.

If someone swore at me in a PM that would probably annoy me more, it is then directed at me.

What would you all think to a word filter being setup that replaces any obvious swearing with ******?

I think not, if a post is edited by a Mod, and a this is pointed out, then hopefully this should be enough.
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

The word filter should be a last resort IMO ... self-moderation should be given a chance before imposing such things
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I'm with ZeBeeDee on this. I think I've made the point clear anyway.....
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

Fair enough. But the option is there if we find it is needed at a later date.

BTW, is mention of language in the site rules?
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

There is in the Rules Sticky post for this area....

Anyway, if people can't observe the simple rules I have laid down in the Sticky, I will pull the plug on AmiRant, simple as.....it's not meant to be a Swear Box.

"The rules regarding topics for discussion in here are simple; almost anything goes, however, abusive, racist, trolling / flaming, bullying, pornographic or highly offensive language posts are not allowed, and will result in the offender being warned or banned. Please note that this chat area is in a public area of the site and non-members, bots and visitors can also see your posts; bear this in mind before you post something that you may regret later."

Nuff said.
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I find it hard to understand why anyone would swear on a website dedicated to buying and selling.

Buy my Blizzard 1230 IV 64Mb, its f**k**g ace!
Whilst accurate, could possibly be deemed a touch salty?

Anyhoo,
I frequent many military based forums that even have the swear filters in your PM's! The inventive use of alternatives grows more amusing daily. :D
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

@ all

To be honest, I am glad that people have stood up to be counted about this; AmiBay should be about what the members want, not what the Admins and Moderators impose.

I am very happy to uphold the rules on offensive language on the site, it's not needed or wanted.
 

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@Merlin

Here, here!!
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

i quite like having a place to chat that sometimes becomes a fun and lets say colourful place, but as an adult in a mainly adult scene i would like a place (maybe a section that is over 18 and by invite only) no i don't mean an adult site lol but maybe a "only enter if not easily offended" whilst i agree with protecting the innocent i also believe in free speech. if you read my posts you will see that (as far as i can remember) i have not sworn, but that's not the point, i should be able to at the appropriate time i.e my networking problems have almost driven me to a tirade of abuse and i feel it would be a bad thing to bottle this up for too long :D
anyway that's what i think so there!! :p
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

Hmm... I don't personally see such a forum as being of much use or point on here. It is easy to express your frustrations or vent anger without resorting to swear words. At least it is outside of the USA where we can express ourselves using words longer than 4 letters and beginning with letters other than F.

And if it were a topic for example as you mentioned, relating to a hardware or network issue that you were frustrated about, then being in public view, with possible solutions to such problems also posted, would benefit the site much more than posting such a topic in a locked and hidden forum just so a few profanities can be included.

I think everyone here should be adult enough to be able to refrain from swearing?
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

I constantly swear when building or repairing a PC and it goes pear-shaped, but why should I want to share those words with others via a website? I'm no cyber lout nor do I want to be perceived as such with my posts.

By all means, let's have a section for 'adult' discourse, jokes and such (access by request only - just like the Recycle Bin) ... But in area's where Joe public has access, there's no call for and certainly no need to litter posts with swearing.
 

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Re: More an observation than a rant

ok maybe i didn't express my views very well (my fault not yours) the example was just that an example (admittedly a bad one) but the point i was making was i am over 18 and i live in a country where people gave their lives for free speech, self control i think is obvious, but there should still be an outlet for adults to enjoy themselves with the odd humorous post or topic without fear of being banned by mods (certain post on here have indeed been started by mods).
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