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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 06:40 
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Forum Rules. Please keep to the following simple guidelines:

(Rule 11 added 7th July 2005)

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I suppose the only clarificatiom I would like is what constitutes swearing.

I regularly use words such as crap, shit and such but try to use #@$ inside a word being used to highlighty an extreme.

But am I breaking the rules or are words like those above OK?

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M3RBMW wrote:
I suppose the only clarificatiom I would like is what constitutes swearing.

I regularly use words such as crap, shit and such but try to use #@$ inside a word being used to highlighty an extreme.

But am I breaking the rules or are words like those above OK?

On another forum (which is used to a greater extent by under-16s than this one) we had a long and heated discussion as to what precisely constituted unacceptable swearing and eventually ended up leaving it to the discretion of the moderators, which I believe is the best policy.

I don't see any objection to the odd #@$* inside a word.

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1. Don't swear

2. Don't insult people



Its a struggle sometimes but I will try...I promise :roll:

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M3RBMW wrote:
I suppose the only clarificatiom I would like is what constitutes swearing.

I regularly use words such as crap, shit and such but try to use #@$ inside a word being used to highlighty an extreme.

But am I breaking the rules or are words like those above OK?


I agree with PeterE's suggestion that we have to make moderator decisions when necessary. I also recognise, Ross, that this leaves you in a particularly difficult position because cultural norms are different in the UK and Australia.

Please feel free to use appropriate language as you feel fit. If swearing seems to exceed our cultural norms (and I honestly don't suppose it will - it hasn't so far), then I'll send you an email and let you know. The last thing I'd want is to have you worrying about language when you should be "sharing information" with us.

If this was an "all adult" environment I wouldn't have written the rule. The main cultural need expressed in the rule is to shield children from excesses of swearing. (That said, practical reality seems to indicate that children swear more than adults, so I really don't know what purpose our cultural norms may serve!)

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SafeSpeed wrote:
If this was an "all adult" environment I wouldn't have written the rule. The main cultural need expressed in the rule is to shield children from excesses of swearing. (That said, practical reality seems to indicate that children swear more than adults, so I really don't know what purpose our cultural norms may serve!)

:D Brilliant, SafeSpeed, audibly laughed so loud you probably heard it over the net !!! :D


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SafeSpeed wrote:
If this was an "all adult" environment I wouldn't have written the rule. The main cultural need expressed in the rule is to shield children from excesses of swearing. (That said, practical reality seems to indicate that children swear more than adults, so I really don't know what purpose our cultural norms may serve!)

This point was also made by the under-16s on the forum I originally mentioned. In reality, in most real-life environments, someone at school is likely to hear much more swearing than someone in a white-collar workplace.

In reality, what we are trying to do is to protect parents' sensitivities.

Having said that, anyone who resorts to f- and c- words almost certainly has a weak argument.

Opinions can be expressed forcefully without resorting to that kind of language.

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