Insulting Language and Political Subjects on the General Forum

Hosted by Al Bowie and Brett Green, the General AFV Modelling discussion group covers any general military modelling topic including industry news and announcements.

Insulting Language and Political Subjects on the General Forum

Joined: January 13th, 2000, 9:13 pm

November 15th, 2011, 8:04 am #1

Hi all,

I have been dismayed at the direction of a number of threads on the General Forum recently.

General holds a unique place amongst Missing-Lynx's Forums. While other Forums are limited to very specific subject areas (so it is easier to define what is "on-topic"), General has a broader brief.

To quote the guidelines, the General Forum's brief is "any general military modelling topic including industry news and announcements."

Despite the specific limits of this brief to military modelling topics, I have always recognised that this is a community, and that the guidelines may sometimes be stretched to accommodate the general interests of Missing-Lynx's members. We frequently see postings about reference books, photographs, show reports, retail outlets, other useful websites and much more.

I have never had a particular problem with these broader subjects, which clearly have a connection to our hobby (although the link may be tenuous at times).

Recently, however, I have noticed an upswing in insulting behaviour and subjects that might be interpreted as political.

Please note that politics of any persuasion, insulting behaviour and bad language will not be tolerated on the General or any other of Missing-Lynxs Forums. These postings will be deleted, and visitors may be banned from further participation without warning.

As a reminder, here are four of the key guidelines that apply to all of Missing-Lynx's Forums:

* Profanity or obscenities of any kind are not permitted, not even if disguised with *asterisks. Please remember that we are a diverse community of individuals with varying standards, and there may be minors present.

* Slanderous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, lewd, pornographic, violent, abusive, insulting, threatening and harassing comments are not tolerated.

* No personal attacks or "flames" are allowed. Flames are defined as comments that reflect upon the person instead of their opinion.

* Political comments of any persuasion are not permitted and will be deleted immediately.

These guidelines have helped maintain the usefulness and community spirit of Missing-Lynx for more than 12 years, and I will not hesitate to apply them as required.

Thanks and bye for now,

Brett Green - Editor





missing-lynx team
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 1st, 2001, 6:48 am

November 15th, 2011, 1:49 pm #2

Well stated Brett,

and words to live by, my own DG is modeled after the same set of standards and it has been a winning combination for close to a decade.

One further thing that tends to get overlooked very easily:

This is an international community and thus a very wide, varied, multicultural and rich range of views, outlooks and beliefs applies, which should not be forgotten.

Please do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

Cheers,

Jens



Information not shared is information lost.

1/87er, die feinmotorisch flinke Elite des Modellbaus.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: November 5th, 2005, 12:34 am

November 15th, 2011, 1:58 pm #3

Hi all,

I have been dismayed at the direction of a number of threads on the General Forum recently.

General holds a unique place amongst Missing-Lynx's Forums. While other Forums are limited to very specific subject areas (so it is easier to define what is "on-topic"), General has a broader brief.

To quote the guidelines, the General Forum's brief is "any general military modelling topic including industry news and announcements."

Despite the specific limits of this brief to military modelling topics, I have always recognised that this is a community, and that the guidelines may sometimes be stretched to accommodate the general interests of Missing-Lynx's members. We frequently see postings about reference books, photographs, show reports, retail outlets, other useful websites and much more.

I have never had a particular problem with these broader subjects, which clearly have a connection to our hobby (although the link may be tenuous at times).

Recently, however, I have noticed an upswing in insulting behaviour and subjects that might be interpreted as political.

Please note that politics of any persuasion, insulting behaviour and bad language will not be tolerated on the General or any other of Missing-Lynxs Forums. These postings will be deleted, and visitors may be banned from further participation without warning.

As a reminder, here are four of the key guidelines that apply to all of Missing-Lynx's Forums:

* Profanity or obscenities of any kind are not permitted, not even if disguised with *asterisks. Please remember that we are a diverse community of individuals with varying standards, and there may be minors present.

* Slanderous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, lewd, pornographic, violent, abusive, insulting, threatening and harassing comments are not tolerated.

* No personal attacks or "flames" are allowed. Flames are defined as comments that reflect upon the person instead of their opinion.

* Political comments of any persuasion are not permitted and will be deleted immediately.

These guidelines have helped maintain the usefulness and community spirit of Missing-Lynx for more than 12 years, and I will not hesitate to apply them as required.

Thanks and bye for now,

Brett Green - Editor





missing-lynx team
...could you please provide a thorough definition of what you mean by "political". Your definition seems to be difficult to pin down. Clarity could avoid further trouble.

It appears that the questioning of the centrality in all things of certain groups is considered "political". Also, and oddly, the mentioning of my father's military record appears to be "political", a notion he would have found hilarious! You have expunged every mention of him I've ever placed here.

He was decorated by the King though, so maybe that's the connection!?
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: January 10th, 2009, 3:29 am

November 15th, 2011, 4:13 pm #4

Hi all,

I have been dismayed at the direction of a number of threads on the General Forum recently.

General holds a unique place amongst Missing-Lynx's Forums. While other Forums are limited to very specific subject areas (so it is easier to define what is "on-topic"), General has a broader brief.

To quote the guidelines, the General Forum's brief is "any general military modelling topic including industry news and announcements."

Despite the specific limits of this brief to military modelling topics, I have always recognised that this is a community, and that the guidelines may sometimes be stretched to accommodate the general interests of Missing-Lynx's members. We frequently see postings about reference books, photographs, show reports, retail outlets, other useful websites and much more.

I have never had a particular problem with these broader subjects, which clearly have a connection to our hobby (although the link may be tenuous at times).

Recently, however, I have noticed an upswing in insulting behaviour and subjects that might be interpreted as political.

Please note that politics of any persuasion, insulting behaviour and bad language will not be tolerated on the General or any other of Missing-Lynxs Forums. These postings will be deleted, and visitors may be banned from further participation without warning.

As a reminder, here are four of the key guidelines that apply to all of Missing-Lynx's Forums:

* Profanity or obscenities of any kind are not permitted, not even if disguised with *asterisks. Please remember that we are a diverse community of individuals with varying standards, and there may be minors present.

* Slanderous, defamatory, obscene, indecent, lewd, pornographic, violent, abusive, insulting, threatening and harassing comments are not tolerated.

* No personal attacks or "flames" are allowed. Flames are defined as comments that reflect upon the person instead of their opinion.

* Political comments of any persuasion are not permitted and will be deleted immediately.

These guidelines have helped maintain the usefulness and community spirit of Missing-Lynx for more than 12 years, and I will not hesitate to apply them as required.

Thanks and bye for now,

Brett Green - Editor





missing-lynx team
My post that started all this had no political or insulting content. However, the whirlwind it created leads me to believe there is no place for National pride on this Forum. As I enjoy the other aspects of the Missing-Lynx Threads (especially the private sellers) I will keep all comments about my National pride to myself and hope the other International members will be considerate enough to do the same.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:12 pm

November 17th, 2011, 2:52 am #5

Well stated Brett,

and words to live by, my own DG is modeled after the same set of standards and it has been a winning combination for close to a decade.

One further thing that tends to get overlooked very easily:

This is an international community and thus a very wide, varied, multicultural and rich range of views, outlooks and beliefs applies, which should not be forgotten.

Please do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

Cheers,

Jens



Information not shared is information lost.

1/87er, die feinmotorisch flinke Elite des Modellbaus.
Especially thick skinned ones.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 26th, 2004, 5:32 pm

November 18th, 2011, 12:54 pm #6

My post that started all this had no political or insulting content. However, the whirlwind it created leads me to believe there is no place for National pride on this Forum. As I enjoy the other aspects of the Missing-Lynx Threads (especially the private sellers) I will keep all comments about my National pride to myself and hope the other International members will be considerate enough to do the same.
The feeling of happiness that so many wonderful people share the same passport as you, although you have never met them in your life; coupled with a feeling of total indifference to people who share the same driving license, credit card, Pokemon card, etc.
Quote
Like
Share