I think it's time to bump and re-read this thread in the light of the recent moderation activities and thread lock-downs.
Please read the first post in this thread
to understand my moderation strategy and why only one person has ever been banned from these forums.
The short story is that I prioritize abiding to the Albion netiquette (rule 7
) more so than any regard I have for totally free speech(*). I try to be tolerant of occasional cringe worthy posts or bad acts but if I find bad actors who knowingly and repeatedly break or push the limits instead of just having their head up their ass
, I'll have to tighten things down.
(*) Especially in its gratis
interpretation of thinking one should be able to say anything anywhere as opposed to the 1A definition of the liberty
to critique the government without repercussions.
I should also note that these forums ran for over 5 years without any rules
Think about that!
This means that for a good while everybody
here was capable of "internet adulting" and common decency. This ability to behave also holds for people who knowingly break the rules or push the standards. They just choose not to and my patience is running out with that. And no, claiming that something was "just a joke" doesn't cut it. Moderating isn't funny!
The initial version of the forum rules had 6 entries (the first six in the list). However, in the past few years the number of rules added has expanded at a rapid clip. This is not because the forum has become bigger. This happens when a few forumites push the limits. Let me, therefore, be clear that just because something isn't explicitly restricted, it doesn't mean that it's acceptable behavior. The first person to think up a loophole or a new way to do damage doesn't get a pass. Rules are always playing catch-up with bad behavior.