usually ppl here go about 10 mph above the speed limit on highways. you can't slow down if the ppl in back of you are close to bumping into you anyway. it's much more personal preference than anything countries enforce.
getting back to the topic...
i understand this is a board owned and regulated by the owner. but bad language is a trivial thing. it doesn't matter. if people get offended, people get offended.
we should segregate the off-topic forum to let dirty joke posters post where others won't be offended. the arguement that bad language and/or dirty jokes will warp the mind is stupid, imho.
there are many reasons to delete obsceneties, dirty jokes, or slander of any kind. people can get offended by it. kids may hear it, who are impressionable. they may distract people from the main intent of the board.
people will be offended no matter what you do. you can't create a totally inoffensive enviroment, anywhere. the right to say something despite the fact that it offends someone is a fundamental right.
i'm under 18, and i see/hear this kind of language whenever i listen to people, watch tv or a movie, listen to music, or just plain read. children are not our main concern. we would be no different than society as a whole. restricting this kind of speech based on that would make kids think of us as controlling, which would be a bad idea in a forum designed to let people express themselves to help others.
the reason we have an off-topic forum is to provide a place for the members of our community to discuss non-c programming topics. the people have free reign over the topic, be it the church of scientology or assembly programming.
don't kiddies have their own boards : where they can talk about how to talk to girls/boys without wanting to throw up, sqeezing spots, ...... etc
it doesn't matter. whenever people collect, they talk. we can't decide where people are supposed to go to talk.
There are also special boards for funny/dirty jokes
this gets back to my point. we can't decide what is appropriate for the community. if something is funny, is it appropriate? is it appropriate if it's about sex? what if it's both funny and about sex? what if it's meant to sound like it's about sex, but it's really misleading the reader to think about sex while talking about something else? (i.e., advertising :D)
That thread was funny but not appropriate for this forum. I enjoyed it but I think the mods did the right thing.
when are children allowed to read or listen to the horrors of dirty material on a C Programming Board? this is an international board, and the age limits of different countries' laws vary.
germany bans na zi web-sites online. this forum (or at least flashdaddee, i think this one too) bans the word nazi. does this include the topic of who is most credited for the success at world war 2?
why would nationality matter? an american might be offended by an anti-american topic. an indian might be offended of the community's opinions toward the conflict with pakistan. if i insult someone, do i insult there nationality, too?
I agree with nvoigt that this board is visited by people of all ages. And not only of all ages, but also of all nationalities and very different background. So to keep this place a nice place, take care of your language
a background is a similar thing. one person may be a newbie and another might have grown up with computers, working with fortran, then c, then c++. does this prohibit the experienced one from critisizing the newbie's code? does it prohibit him from insulting the newbie? insulting a newbie is a bad thing, if its over some lack of skill. but is it worth deleting the matter and forgetting about it?
profanity is either speech which is meant to disgust people, or is disgusting toward someone(anyone), or is just one of the seven words you can't say on tv. profanity does waste time and disgust people. it is in the eye of the beholder, though. casual use of a word in an off-topic forum doesn't hurt anyone. on the other hand, a post full of that word is clearly meant to be repulsive. still, profanity isn't just limited to words. it could be a collection of 1337 symbols, alternating caps, and buzzwords that make no sense to anyone but the author. who decides?
i will try to comply, but where are the 'rules', can't find them in FAQ.
presume profanity and religous defamation are the main rules....
what is clean? why keep it clean? see above response.
We are probably all adults and had a good laugh, but it's our job to keep these boards clean, and we do.
i also find this offensive. shouldn't it be minus BRAIN, anyway? :)
i personally find this crap much more offensive -
CHICKENS + BRAINLESS = AMERICANS
as someone said before, it's appropriate for all ages. i might be offended, but my opinion doesn't matter in a world where stopping this speech is as difficult as clicking the back button.
what caused people to post huge amounts of this material? it's funny. people post stuff like this to make other people laugh. like someone said before, it's probably the kids who do most of the sex/dirty jokes and profanity posting.
I deleted some threads for language. In the last days, there were a huge amount of sex/dirty jokes and profanity. Please watch your language when you post, this board is frequented by kids.
closed language is offensive to people of other backgrounds, and people like me. do we respect one group of people at another's expense?
Also, open language might be offensive to people of various religious backgrounds.
I personally think most of it was dead funny, but please watch your language in the future ;)
thanks for taking the time to read this through. :) or if you just skipped over it, at least glance at the end part.