Read this first if you feel like insulting someone

  Forum Editor 09:15 09 Oct 2004

As most of you will know, we don't tolerate personally abusive comments in our forum. It's OK to disagree - that's the way that discussions or debates work - and even to disagree strongly, but when it comes to making offensive remarks of a personal nature we draw the line.
There's been a slight increase in the number of posts that have crossed that line recently, and I've been receiving a lot of mail from forum members expressing concern that it's indicative of a trend. Let me reassure those people that there's no such trend - any post that contains personally insulting comments aimed at an individual, or a group of people will be deleted, and in most cases a warning will be sent to the culprit. I can't always send warnings - on the odd occasion I'm simply too busy - but I'll try. If the post is particularly offensive, or if the person doing the posting has been warned on a previous occasion I'll disable that person's forum membership without any further warning.

We're talking about a very small number of people here - the vast majority of forum members behave impeccably - but it only takes a few fools to turn the atmosphere sour, and I'm not about to let that happen. We all know what is, or isn't a personally abusive comment, and I'm not going to define it here. Suffice it to say that it's fairly easy to recognise the difference between a robust response in a debate, and a comment that's deliberately calculated to offend. Nobody will be banned without a chance to put their case - I'm always contactable by email ([email protected]), and on many occasions I've lifted a ban when presented with an apology and/or a rationale for the transgression.

Forums like this must have rules, and our rules are based on commonsense. Let's try to maintain an atmosphere in which anyone may feel comfortable.

  spuds 12:19 09 Oct 2004

Fully agree with the comment.It would appear as though [dare I say] some perhaps newer members are using the PCA forums as another internet chat show, with the offensive attitudes following.

Help, friendly banter and free advice have always been the mainstay of the various PCA forums, let's hope that the forum's stay like that.

  wee eddie 16:24 09 Oct 2004

On previous weekends there have been a number of postings of very doubtful nature. Possibly fuelled by the demon drink or whatever, then go on their merry little way.

However some of them return as well mannered, sober and informed members at a later date.

I've had a verbal poke at a couple of these jokers in the past and a couple of months later been happy to accept good advice from one of them

So: a quick please to our Forum Editor.

Don't be to hard on new miscreants but do use your blue pencil when necessary.

  Forum Editor 18:55 09 Oct 2004

Don't worry, after all these years I hope I can spot a 'Saturday nighter' when I see one. You're absolutely right about the morning after syndrome - I could paper a fair-sized room with the abject Sunday morning apologies I've received.

  Djohn 00:41 10 Oct 2004

Back to the top. :o)

  zincy 01:21 10 Oct 2004

This is what makes this forum so good. No matter what you ask either it's been said before or not, or whether how easy the question is people are always there to help you out with the need to insult you. Keep up the good manners ^^


  Colin 11:58 10 Oct 2004

As I've posted before, I think PCA's is one of the best forums around. Does anyone use PCW's forums? If so, PCA's are really easy to navigate compared to PCW's. Just look at the American ones, apart from posting a ridiculous graphic of who they would like to be, listing the specs of their PC, (sometimes helpful for problem solving, I know), most are usually for boasting, the answers are more often than not smug and abusive i.e. unhelpful. We don't need abusive posts from people who don't even know each other.

  Colin 12:45 10 Oct 2004

If anyone is looking at how a forum shouldn't be run try Very entertaining but useless!

  Sethhaniel 15:48 11 Oct 2004


  wee eddie 17:31 11 Oct 2004

No I am typing with the caps lock on.

I also have the occasional sense of humour failure!

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