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Posted by cloudydaze on July 26, 2006, at 1:42:27

I've noticed that a lot of people get blocked. This causes me to worry that someday I might say something that (for some obscure reason) someone will find offensive. It makes it hard for me to feel confident in posting sometimes, even though my intentions are always good, and I would never purposely try to hurt someone.

But, occasionally I am impulsive - I'm bipolar, and human.

One thing that bothers me is that posts are not editable. Once you've posted something you can't revise it (if perhaps you catch something later on that may turn out to offend someone).

One thing that might be a good idea: If something is found to be uncivil, why not have a vote on it? Good intentions or not, everyone is biased, so it's good to have input from more than one source. This may make things seem more fair.

I really like this site, and I don't want to leave it. But I don't want to have to worry about being blocked or banned or whatever because one person found something i said offensive.

I understand that the goal of this site is to be supportive and civil, but "civil" is subjective. Also, no one can be supportive of everything, and I believe there are some things you should not be supportive of. If I said I wanted to hurt myself today, would people be expected to say "yeah, that's a good idea"?

Or if I said I thought Saddam is a great guy - wouldn't that offend? I imagine it would. But it's just my (hypothetical) opinion...who's to tell me if it's "good" or "bad"? And isn't it a supportive statement? It's not supportive of Saddam's enemies.

You can't make everyone happy ALL of the time.

That's why i wouldn't dare talk politics for real on this board.

Forgive me, I'm just trying to understand the rules, because they are not clear to me.




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