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Response to AlwaysQuestion (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 27, 2011, 12:42 AM

28. tombstone refers to the old DU policy of using a tombstone graphic on the profile page of banned

members.

Yes, Spooked has been banned for his promotion of Ron Paul here at DU. Many of us don't think it was called for. Another longtime poster, defendandprotect, lost his posting privileges over chemtrails.

There are limits to how much you can express yourself here, as there are at virtually any message board, and they are all contained in the Terms of Service and Community Standards. The admins have made it clear that anyone who begins to digress onto clearly forbidden topics need to find another website in order to do so.

For myself, I would like to see one situation here. In old DU, a group status meant a safe haven for a particular viewpoint, and the old September 11 forum was never granted a group status because of that. Now "group" only means safe haven if stated in the group's statement of purpose, which you can find in the About This Group page. Creative Speculation doesn't grant safe haven status to any viewpoint here. However, I would like for any poster personally to be welcome and free from mockery and harrassment - that this is a safe haven for people and not viewpoints. If that means a limit to outright mockery of viewpoints, then fine.

No one here should expect for their viewpoint to be free from constructive criticism. Some people may view any criticism as non-constructive, and others may feel everything they say to be constructive criticism. Neither of these positions are true. Hosts are here to help define that line, and I agree we need both sides in the hosting hierarchy to help that.

xkcd's cartoon about "someone on the Internet is wrong" is relevant here. This forum in the past has been eaten up with that sentiment. Perhaps some posters here find certain viewpoints to be laughable. As far as I'm concerned, if you have to repeatedly and insistently explain the joke to the rest of us, you're past constructive criticism and you're into personal attack by proxy.

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