Dear Speakeasy Members,
We?d like to announce some changes in the moderation policy starting immediately. Actually, it?s not so much a change as a stricter interpretation of the existing CNet TOS (accessible by clicking the ?Forum Policies? link in the navbar to the left).
Being an off-topic forum, Speakeasy has typically been a little more ?free and easy? in enforcing the TOS, and some infractions have tended to be overlooked unless especially egregious. Unfortunately, we?ve also seen the tone and content of the forum decline over time, to the point that many people have complaints that it?s not a fun place to visit any longer. Indeed, we have lost some valued Members because of this change in atmosphere. We?d like to turn this attitude around, so we?re going to enforce more heavily, Members and Moderators included.
Controversial and emotional topics must be discussed with civility, and void of violations of the TOS. This includes, but is not limited to politics, abortion, gun control, evolution, and religion. The same standards apply regardless of party affiliation, or lack thereof. Snide, demeaning, baiting comments are not acceptable, whether born of one?s individual political views or party spin. Name calling or insulting phrases will not be acceptable. Gone will be posts that are 99% excellent content, but 1% get-the-zinger-in. Gone will be repetitive posts, where one point is hammered to death. Gone will be leading and insulting posts, as will those designed to do nothing more than elicit heated responses. We appreciate your sending an alert when you see what you consider violations. As agents of CNet, we will review your alerts, and make a decision.
If any Member or Members suspect that a ''new'' Member is a reincarnation of a past trouble maker, please do not challenge them on the board, but send us an alert, stating your reasons, and we will take steps to confirm or deny the charge.
No member here sent our native Americans to reservations, held slaves, or dropped A-bombs on Japan. Everyone here did not and does not support the war in Iraq, but we are there, and support our troops. We are aware of and educated in the faults of the USA, and do not need to be constantly reminded of them.
CNet is privately owned, CNet has set the rules, and permitting unfettered free speech is not one of them.
Most of our Members are from the USA. We welcome Members from all countries, and points of view, as long as they are respectful of one another. We are all enriched when we hear details of our Member?s lives, from cultures and customs to foods and places of interest as well as things more personal in nature.
Speakeasy was once a family, a place to relax, and an oasis in the cyber world. Sadly it has become a pit of yo momma, n'yah n 'n'yah, gotcha, take this, can you top this, name calling and labeling, and outright hate.
We need your assistance in this to make Speakeasy a great place to be again. With your cooperation, and some common sense, it will be. Therefore, please re-read your posts before you hit the submit button to be sure you are addressing ARGUMENTS and not POSTERS.