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Old 11-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #21
Originally Posted by lucillle View Post
I'm not Deano but I gots two cents to spend.

Profanity is sort of like porn. "Can't define it, but we know it when we see it". Asking for an exhaustive list or definition of profanity is just begging to have someone (not you at all Wayne, I have the highest regard for you) find an exception or a word not on the list. I remember there was one particularly unpleasant person on another forum who managed to find some derogatory wording in another language, she didn't get away with it although it took some effort to translate.

Common sense goes a long way. If one gets dinged for profanity (and I have, several times) it's a learning experience. I manage to be pretty clean most of the time, and if a mod judges I've got dirt I usually thank them and get better for a while. There ARE words that aren't really dirt, but to me, it's more important to respect the system. If Deano sez it's a cuss, it's a cuss, and considering Deano is not exactly any kind of angel, if he sez it's a cuss it prolly is.

Again Wayne, you have a good point, just want to have my little two cents here.
Thank you Lucille, I appreciate the kind words and I feel the same way about you.

Thank you for the response too. I feel the way you do, in regard to this discussion, but at the same time, I would hate to be trapped in the proverbial gray area.

Then it comes down to personal inturpritation. What if I am in a discussion with Susan and I use a word that may or may not be a cuss, (based on each of our own personal definitions) but Deano sez it is? (or vise versa with the Deano and Susan thing), but during that conversation, Susan doesn't see it as a cuss and chooses not to act?

Hmmmm? Ya know, this topic could drive me

Originally Posted by Roy Munson View Post

That FCC definition works for me, but notice how they use the word "includes." Even they don't limit their definition narrowly. It's too subjective. The mods aren't in full agreement, and we're probably never going to be. Gray areas abound. I wish I could be more specific, but I can't.
I get that Dean and I appreciate the attempt to clarify. I hate to be a thorn in the side or a pain in the asteroid belt, but I just wonder about this, every time I see the word "profanity".

I guess the best possible solution would be to look at the context at which the word is/was used? Would that be fair?

Old 11-21-2009, 12:19 PM   #22
Hey, you need me to send you one of my OCD meds? J/K.

I think your last point was right on the money. Context.
Old 11-21-2009, 12:20 PM   #23
Roy Munson
Yep. Context is very important.
Old 11-21-2009, 12:24 PM   #24
Originally Posted by LBoz View Post
Hey, you need me to send you one of my OCD meds? J/K.

I think your last point was right on the money. Context.
OCD meds? Hmmm, maybe? Or maybe I am being picky at the moment, because of pain meds?

Originally Posted by Roy Munson View Post
Yep. Context is very important.
Sorry to be a pain in the buttocks, Dean!


Old 11-21-2009, 12:32 PM   #25
Speaking of profanity, I am at this very moment putting up wallpaper, which I only do a little every weekend because it is such an awful job. It ranks right up there with fire ants and ex husbands as subjects deserving of the most colorful words I can invent. Which of course I will not print.
Old 11-21-2009, 12:45 PM   #26
On an even more serious note, I do wish the mod team would crack down more on people that make disparaging, disgusting and distasteful remarks like this;
Original posters name omitted;
Internet arguing is like the special Olympics you may win but you are still retarded!
I have seen this posted several times by a couple of members of this forum. Being the parent of "Special Needs Child", I find comments, like this, far more offensive then some cuss word.

Sorry, didn't mean to go all serious on you!

Old 11-21-2009, 12:46 PM   #27
Roy Munson
I've already uttered 20 or 30 words at the dog today that I wouldn't type here even at my least angelic...
Old 11-21-2009, 12:59 PM   #28
Can we have some sort of warning system, like a PM or visitor message before an infraction until we get a feel for exactly what's expected?
Old 11-21-2009, 01:28 PM   #29
Side Note

Please keep in mind that this forum is viewed by some schools,I know my sons biology teacher let her students visit it.
So things should be appropriate for all ages,the future of our hobby.
Old 11-21-2009, 01:30 PM   #30
Roy Munson
This thread is FOR serious discussion, Wayne. No need to apologize!

I was just discussing your exact example with a friend yesterday. It's a tough one. I don't like it, and it was used in a hostile context. The problem as I see it is that there needs to be some leniency if this place is to continue to host interesting discussions. However, there seems to be a trend of decreasing civility around here. We need to find a better balance.

It should also be kept in mind that this site has moderators, not purifiers. I wouldn't want to be a purifier (and I would be an ironic choice for that role).

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