Having been on many forums with different levels of moderation involved, I have observed that participants will take full advantage of the situation when the rules are relaxed and the devolution begins quickly. When we have conversations with other adults around children, we self-moderate because we're aware that there are topics and/or words that most of don't want our children overhearing. Occasionally something slips through and that's fine. For example, if I'm at a restaurant with my daughter (she's 7) and there's a group of people having a conversation at the next table and an occasional swear word comes out, that's fine. When they've unleashed a string of profanities I say something to them.The same hold true for an on-line forum. You wouldn't want people using profanity gratuitously but if something shows up from time to time, that's fine. Likewise, various topics we wouldn't want our children to be reading about on this forum. I wouldn't want my daughter (who reads at a very high level for her age) reading a thread here about how to describe sexual exploits in Spanish. Yet the occasional mention of sex doesn't concern me.In short, keep the standards high because some people will always attempt to lower them. I appreciate the high standards of this site. Keep up the good work.
Thanks a lot, difster.
I truly believe that a non-moderated forum is no good at all. I have been to one and people were insulting each other all the time, apart from using the most outrageous language ever, slang, swear words, implicit sex offers....anything goes on a forum like that.
it is also my true believe, that if we start "relaxing" the standard and do allow threads like "Can you translate fu'' into Spanish" it will lead to this kind of thread:
which I included before. It is a simple linguistic topic....nothing wrong with it really...but then, we must decide whether we want this kind of thread or this kind of language on the forum or not.
I think this is like quit smoking: either you quit or you don't . The method: from now on I will only smoke 5 a day....does not work. If we allow one of these threads...we will have a lot of them from then on. I think we don't get many as people see that this forum is "different". I know this might not be representative, but there are only on the word "fu''" 425 hits on WR.
I believe we do not want to take that road, do we?
I think one has to lead a forum into a certain direction. This one is family oriented, and no, samdie
You have to understand what is meant by "family-oriented". They don't care about slang. They're worried about SEX!.
not true. We do not allow chat talk, violence, personal attacks...and directly sex implied threads.
It is often a difficult choice, some people might say "no freedom of speech" but there are lots of forms, which do allow these threads, WR is only one of them. AND we will always supply an answer if needed. I have often done so by PM.