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by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / October 22, 2014 4:23 AM PDT

Hello everyone,

Many of you have been part of this community much longer than I have been around--from the ZDNet forums to the CNET message boards. Over the years, I've seen friends/friendnemies being made. I've read tasteful to tasteless jokes being posted; stories of daughters or sons graduate from high school/college to grandchildren being born. I've seen prayers and well wishes being sent around when people needed it most--during disasters or when people fell ill. We've come together when folks passed and gave each other virtual hugs and support. This is what I love about a community and what community is all about--the camaraderie, the company we find in each other.

As much as I love bringing up the great things about this community and its member, there are also the ugly sides of things. Do you remember back in 2007 when I declared Speakeasy a no politics and no religion discussion forum? Some of you may not remember, but I do. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but it had to be done because of the numerous amounts of complaints of personal attacks and overwhelming inability for some members to keep a civilized conversation. Eventually this ban was lifted and for a good stretch of time things looked up and for the most part people got along--a big thanks to the SE mods.

Well, here we are at this turning point again--where things have been unfortunately going downhill in this forum. It's time that this problem is addressed again. I'm not going down the same route of banning religious or political discussions because it's unfair to the many folks who do make those conversations insightful and meaningful. However, what I will be doing is banning any member who disregards our forum policies and continues to disrespect others. I'm not asking any of you to kiss and make up or become buddies, but I am asking you to simply keep things civil and be respectful to each other. If you can't show respect, then I am going to ask you to leave now or I will show you the door. It's that simple. As much as I hate to do this, consider this my final warning to all.

Respectfully,
-Lee

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