On another bb that I frequent, there are several nice features that I think would be extremely beneficial to bring to THIS bb. Especially in light of the recent thread closings, people getting so easily "offended" and the rash of trolls from breastfeeding.com, etc. and the lovely troll that posted the "gay jokes."
The features are:
There is a section that is specifically set up for debate. It is listed as such. It also has a disclaimer underneath it that states: WARNING: Anything posted in this forum is fair game for flame! If you are looking for support, take it to the support forums."
You also cannot see or access this forum if you are not logged in. In fact, there are SEVERAL forums you cannot see or access if you are not logged in. I think that would be an especially nice feature to keep the lurkers and trolls out of our private business.
I enjoy posting/visiting that bb very much because #1, you can say what you want without having to worry about a thread being locked due to it's "offensive" material. The premise is, you were warned that anything in said debate forum is "fair game for flame," and if you did not heed that warning, TOO BAD. #2, the "hidden" aspect of the debate forum makes it so that trolls and lurkers can be singled out quickly if they become a problem, and can be banned........although banning has only happened ONCE at that bb. #3 because said debate forum is "fair game for flame," trolls and the like are free to post there, however, because the bb members are free to say WHATEVER they want, trolls are quickly run off and/or eaten alive. The members solve the problem themselves.
I think this problem of people getting "offended" needs to be addressed. It's getting REALLY old. I like this bb, but I have to admit, I now like the other bb much more because I am truly free to say WHATEVER I want without fear of censorship.
I think having such an invisible/loosely moderated forum would be nice. The only rules for the forum are: no kid bashing, no personal information. That is it. It keeps the flaming where it belongs: with the posters. No 'your momma wears combat boots' or 'your kids are losers.' But things like 'you're an idiot and a moron and here's why I think that...' and 'you suck, go away troll' are totally allowed.
The idea being, if debate and honest, sometimes "offensive" talk offends you, you have the option of simply NOT GOING THERE.
So what do you think? Long, I know, but I think it's a good idea.
Sep 14, '02
I don't know. I am on the fence. I like the thought of a forum where we don't always have to be nice-nice about stating our opinions. I also think that for all the smilies and manners, this board has a lot of aggression under the surface, and the hypocrisy of this bugs me a bit.
The other BB I frequent has a forum specifically for blunt and honest opinions and discussions. The "rules" are a bit relaxed, and people can say what they want without rebuke. What this forum at times becomes is a safe haven for the bullies of the BB to "personally attack" someone they don't like. I don't like that either. The nature of that bb is that OTHER posters don't feel it is their business to say anything if somebody is getting picked on. They prefer to let the people who are fighting sort it out and wait patiently for it to be taken to a PM format or die down. So it does at times turn into a popularity contest and power/bullying scenario.
I'm all for honesty and openness..... but not if the risk of abuse and harassment is heightened. What this board does not need is an excuse for some of this covert (and overt) aggression to be targetted towards people. There is a difference between "How can you think that, you idiot"...and "you disagreed with me in two threads and weren't nice about it so I'm out to get you and I'm allowed to flame whoever I want here so take THIS"
My thoughts on the issue
Last edit by pebbles on Sep 14, '02