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Cynthia said it all.
My advice: Give wide lattitude in the application of these or any other policies and be wary of being used as a tool to silence others.  You are putting yourselves in a bad position, I believe.  The (two seconds) old Brooklyn saying, "If you can't stand the heat get out of blogging," sounds like a better and more easily enforced policy to me, but what do I know?  I use bad language in mixed company.

posted by Elmubarak on November 8, 2003 at 4:05 AM | link to this | reply

dear staff...

we are bloggers... much of what we say is tongue in cheek... or something...   rules would be nice... but I am beginning to feel paralized... just this evening I was tempted to revolt and use the word crabby (the adjective) as many times as possible in one post...

I realize you have a website you are trying to develop into something big.. but you created this blogging monster... sit back and roll with it a little.

posted by homegirl on November 5, 2003 at 8:54 PM | link to this | reply

Re: good grief!
This policy was created in response to member feedback, including your request for "Blogging Commandments".
What would you like to see? If you've changed your mind on the need for such a policy, or would prefer that there be fewer rules, then please let us know what you're thinking; that is why the draft has been posted.

posted by BlogitStaff on November 5, 2003 at 5:58 PM | link to this | reply

All of this is distasteful to me
People who cause trouble should be put in MA. In MA anything goes.

This over the top PC stuff is scary.

Uphold freedom of speech. As long as a bullet can't be shot from a computer, we should all be safe.

posted by Cynthia on November 5, 2003 at 5:10 PM | link to this | reply

good grief!

(raising hand) .... is it ok if I go to the bathroom?

posted by homegirl on November 5, 2003 at 4:27 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Just my opinion
Regarding MA, our primary concern is with ensuring that laws are followed regarding adult-only content such as erotica. Perhaps we can develop a MA policy that makes this clearer.
Regarding responsibility, with over 100,000 posts and comments on BN, we cannot monitor each item. In general, members notify us of violations, and the purpose of this policy is to clarify what will be considered a violation, rather than to indicate that we will be monitoring every item.
Regarding verbal abuse, we appreciate the feedback. Based on past member feedback and past experience, the concern is that if verbal abuse is encouraged, the only people on BN will be those who enjoy initiating or receiving verbal abuse. That said, we are carefully evaluating the input we receive, and will certainly make modifications to the policy if necessary.

posted by BlogitStaff on November 5, 2003 at 1:06 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Only Two

Damon, thanks for the feedback and for highlighting the Conduct Policy on your blog.

We'll see what we can do about making the MA category easier to find.

As for #13, we will consider modifying the statement. The primary concern is with disruption of BN over a suspension e.g. those in favor of a suspension versus those against the suspension. Furthermore, since BN can not discuss any BN individual's account with a third-party, BN Staff is put in the difficult position of not being able to respond to inaccuracies or misinformation around a member's exit.

posted by BlogitStaff on November 5, 2003 at 1:04 PM | link to this | reply

Just my opinion
I understand what you are trying to accomplish, but I'd rather not communicate with anyone under 18 in a forum like this ever.  According to your format, almost everything I post would be in MA.  I don't want to communicate with teeny boppers, or pay money to do it on top of it.  And as for protecting the "feelings" of grown people, that isn't your problem.  Harrassment, as in a person is asked by his victim to stop a certain activity, is a relevant prohibition.  But for your "company" to generally assume responsibility on behalf of potentially unstable customers by prohibiting insults is riduclous.  I don't think it is necessary, and if I am ever penalized for something that ridiculous I surely won't be back. 

posted by Flumpystalls3000 on November 5, 2003 at 11:27 AM | link to this | reply

Only Two...
...from me.

12. MA was always a good idea. But it is so well hidden now! Why not just list it with the other categories? At least, in this statement, provide a link to it or a guide as to how to find it. It's been yonks since i've been there.

13. "Do not...discuss suspended members..." seems harsh, unnecessary, hard to police and against human nature. Wanna reconsider?

Other than that, hunky and dory!


posted by DamonLeigh on November 5, 2003 at 10:55 AM | link to this | reply

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