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Safety vs civility

Posted by Anyuser on August 8, 2002, at 11:21:58

Philosophically, what do people mean by being safe or feeling safe, and how is a safe board different, if at all, from a civil board? Is safety a product of civility? It seems that civility is a social event that can be influenced by normative rules (and we can and do ruminate over such rules of civility forever), whereas feeling unsafe is purely subjective and private (although perhaps a product of uncivility). Is "safety" a code word? If someone feels unsafe, does that necessarily mean the board is uncivil in some way? Or if someone feels unsafe in a civilized situation, should we care?

Certainly an intent to make someone feel unsafe would not be civil, and that's well-covered in the rules of civility. But if someone is behaving civilly while using these boards for allowed purposes, but someone else feels "unsafe" as a result of that behavior . . . .?




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