Read this first if you feel like insulting someone

  Forum Editor 09:14 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.

  kev.Ifty 00:50 10 Oct 2004

a red card. You get a post or two deleted, then you get an E-Mail(thats your yellow card).

Then it's a red un. You then have to serve your suspension. Which is the length of time it takes to realise one can re-register.

Though as FE. Say's "as long as they behave themselves..."

It's the post code thing that surprises me.I dont see how post codes can provide any kind of security. I could give you dozens of House numbers,Street names and Post Codes all of which would match.

Here's my summer residence(visitors by appointment only please).Buckingham Palace Road SW1A 1AA (020)7839 1377

click here

Post codes aren't difficult to make up, or am i missing the point?

Cheers Kev.

  kev.Ifty 00:57 10 Oct 2004

Sorry FE i was responding to "end" and did not see your post.So the point i was trying to make has been covered my your last message. Please feel free to delete mine if you wish.

Best wishes Kev.

  kev.Ifty 01:20 10 Oct 2004

click here

Just cos I'm paranoid don't mean they ain't out to get me.;-)

I didn't mean ,falsify an address and post code, just use someone Else's


  CurlyWhirly 09:10 10 Oct 2004

What about people like me and are with AOL as we NEED to connect to AOL proxy servers in order to connect to the web at all?
This is NOT a delibrate way to hide our IP address but that is the way AOL has set up it's (multiple) proxy servers.

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