Rules? Rules, you ask? I'll give you the rules!

Cybe R. Wizard cyber_wizard at
Mon Aug 23 17:24:31 UTC 2010

On Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:43:27 -0700
Johnneylee Rollins <johnneylee.rollins at> wrote:

> There. Read, obey, don't suck. :(
> ~SpaceGhost
Hmm, nothing there about censoring any words deemed by some to be,
"Bad."  That must mean there aren't such words.  While I may agree that
recognized profanity (recognized, though, by whom?) has no place here, a
real-life illustration of software's failure seems entirely appropriate.

This is an ongoing and interesting question.  Where does the line lie
between freedom of speech and offending the odd singleton/group of
people?  I mean the word, "odd," not as a pejorative but to indicate
My own belief is that folks grown-up enough to operate a computer and
read this list  should be capable of withstanding the word, "rape," in
all its terrible connotations in view of the fact that it is /just a

I recognize that the CoC wishes consultation with others.  How do others
feel about this issue?  Anyone have an (heh) opinion?

It (CoC) requests that we be respectful and I believe I have, as has the
OP in the message (Message-ID: <4C727571.5060808 at>) who
was, IIANM, Basil.  Do you not see respect?  Do you see /dis/-respect?

(BTW, on that note, does it count as 'respect' to peck away on Mr.
Larson?  You do your own share of that (and, also BTW, that, "don't
suck," quote of yours right up there at the top seems to me to be
decidedly dis-respectful))

The CoC tells us:  When we disagree, we consult others.
Check.  See above.

Another CoC quote:  When we are unsure we ask for help.  
Well, that seems to me to be hand-in-hand with that other one about
consulting others.
Once again, check.  See that same above.

The CoC wants us to: Step down considerately
If the general consensus of the list is that it favors censorship of
such 'adult' and 'offensive' words as the sensible use of the word,
"rape," in the context in which we have recently seen it, I will not
only step down considerately, I will leave the vile and repressive
list that this list will have thereby become. a rapid hurry.

OTOH, if list consensus is in /favor/ of freedom of normal speech
(let's deem that to be appropriate to a normal-adolescent-of-average-
intelligence-and-culture type of normal just for a touchstone), then I'd
suggest that you grow up, yourself, and quit being the annoying net cop
that you have become. Believe me, those adolescents have /one and all/
heard the word before and aren't shocked by it.

While you are at it, admit that older people sometimes become surly,
forgetful and curmudgeonly but that it in no way diminishes the respect
they are due merely for the fact of living longer than you have, and
therefore, show some of that respect to those of us who may be in their
declining age.  They were likely much more interesting in their day.

Cybe R. Wizard
When Windows are opened the bugs come in.

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