We shouldn't have to use the word filter. You are an adult and know what words should be unacceptable, and which are not.
I am included in the same above friendly request as are you. I have done my share of using words that should be out of bounds. I hereby resolve to filter myself. And I am asking you all nicely to cooperate also.
Your friendly request is entirely reasonable, but you never addressed one of my primary points. The administration of this rule will be fraught with inconsistencies. We all have different definitions of what is "unacceptable," and therefore what is "out of bounds" and what is not. Whose definition are we following? Yours or mine? Or will we be kowtowing to every whiny ass who sends Jeff a sniveling email moaning about JT's profanity? If we go down that route, the goalposts will shift so frequently that it will entirely impossible to express an opinion, valid or otherwise, without the possibility of stepping on somebody's toes. Do the administrators consider it justifiable to stymie discussion (and that IS inevitable, eventually) to appease a few thin-skinned newcomers? Encroachments such as these do not recede; they only continue encroaching.
I will self-moderate on the basis of what I consider to be acceptable, unless and until I receive alternative direction. In my opinion, it would be farcical to forbid the words "WTF" or "azzhole" (peculiarly, the word filter still censors the proper spelling) or "bollocks." Four-letter words, as demonstrated by Jeff's edit of my previous post, are already verboten.
One other question: what becomes of the Armageddon forum? By definition, that is a no-holds-barred area. As it is restricted to members only, kindergarten brats perusing the internet for research purposes (as the basis of a new crayon drawing, perhaps) cannot access it. I believe it should not be affected by this diktat.
JT, I personally know, you can make a hysterically funny point without the use of dirty language.
As I told Moh and you should have read it that way, WTF, in that form and the fingers emoticon are not off limits. If the
was off limits then it would not be made available to the forum members. Capiche?
As far as spelling it azzhole, I don't have a problem with it either. You will have to ask Jeff on that one. I usually use this
es as my epression of it. Maybe that offends people too, but I will continue to use it myself. It gets the point across. And I will continue to use
to express the other.
I am not lily white, but I do try to be a little humorous with some of it, without being quite so profane.
As to Armageddon, read the rules for Armageddon. Whatever it says goes. I really don't know if guests can get into Armageddon or not. That would be a Jeff or Pamee question. Feel free to pm them about it.
you´re a sensitive, well educated man and a talented speaker. I´ll bet you need just a few seconds of reading/listening to see which speach is adequate. I don´t think that we need a large topic with all the words we shouldn´t use in our posts.
BTW - do you use the word "verboten" normaly? It´s a german word.
Actually Michael, when I wrote the first draft of my original post on this thread, I used the word verboten in it. Then I rethought it, because I believe it means forbidden in German, and declined to use it, because I don't believe we are really forbidding anything here. We are just asking for cooperation in cleaning up the language a little, without losing the individual flavor of personal interaction and debate.