HOLY! Talk about a thread post count spinning out of control! SOOOO many posts here! CodeTRUCKER -- You really hit a nerve!
I have noted that you have always been one to say what you thought.? Allow me the same courtesy.
One of my biggest disappointments was when after learning of your ingenious musical s/w, I was intrigued by your "Complain about bad software here" link and followed it to see what was offered that I might could use.? I think what you did was not cute, sly or clever.? It was an ambush and it was mean.? I was terribly disappointed, as I have said.? Do I wish to censor your use of innocuous tag lines yes, but only to prevent others from a foul trick.? Like a lie that is the parasite that feeds off the very truth that it has to depend on to be successful, your posting of such an affront only worked because I had come to trust the integrity of the community.? In short you prostituted the reputation of DC to effect your game.? You are not completely to blame; however, as the leadership was aware of the trap door and, to my knowledge, it has never been addressed.
It certainly isn't meant as some kind of trick or ambush. Perhaps it's a tad understated though... I've changed it from "Complain" to "Rant" and added an NSFW. Might take out the NSFW though... Not sure... "Rant" could equally be "Curse" though, and perhaps that's a bit more accurate.
The purpose of that site is purely for venting frustrations that certainly woudn't be appropriate here.
There is no game there though - it's an honest effort to provide a place to rant without any fear of consequence and without any fear of censorship, etc. etc. etc. It's not commercial either. You'll note that the site has no ads, and similarly for the DNP site as well.
Perhaps you're referring to the tinyurl though -- I used that simply to avoid any profanity here, and not as some sort of deception.
It's certainly not for everyone though.
I'm quite sure my other "fun" site wouldn't be appreciated by a lot of other people as well. (Not Safe At All
) Depends on your sense of humor really. If profanity is offensive, then no. If religion is a sensitive area, then most certainly it's horribly offensive. (My mother thinks it's entirely terrible.) nudone did the design, and a few others here found it most humorous. Different strokes I suppose.
Given the amount of profanity in regular movies and TV, I suppose that I'm just entirely desensitized to it. The "F" word for me is really just a new variation on "very" with about the same meaning. Sub into "I'm very hungry." But there is very little profanity here.
I don't think I'm trying to prostitute DC though. If I were out to be malicious, well... I wouldn't ever bother as it's a total waste of time. I'm certainly not mean-spirited, though my sense of humour may be a bit twisted.
e.g. I love South Park and think it's absolutely a brilliant satire without compare. One of my favorite bands is the Dayglo Abortions
and they certainly have some of the most shocking/funny lyrics
you'd ever hear. (Everytime I hear that song I laugh - it's so completely insane!)
My guess is that some people take things more seriously than others. I tend not to take things very seriously in a lot of contexts.
One thing though CodeTRUCKER, I think that you are a bit out of line when you say, "You are not completely to blame; however, as the leadership was aware of the trap door and, to my knowledge, it has never been addressed." Technology can be a very frustrating thing, and it's not uncommon for people to curse at their computers. I provide an outlet for that, but nobody else is responsible for it other than myself. IF
anything, the "blame" should rest entirely on me for posting something that is potentially offensive in a permissive environment (DC). The only "blame" that I can see being assigned to the leadership is in providing a tolerant environment.
However, there actually are some things that I find offensive. Not many, but a few. I don't really get upset by them though. Just as a couple of examples, the "N" word doesn't bother me in the least (it's just a word after all), but when used inside of a malicious context, I find it quite offensive (the intent defines the word -- yes -- I'm subscribing to the Humpty Dumpty philosophy in some ways -- see below). Racism and sexism are completely offensive to me. We have none of that here thankfully.
The other thing that I find offensive (doesn't get me upset though), is personal attacks. Never needed. It's simply a low blow that can be better done by attacking someone's actions or words instead.
Humpty Dumpty Philosophy of Words
'And only ONE for birthday presents, you know. There's glory
'I don't know what you mean by "glory,"' Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't--
till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for
'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument,"' Alice
'When _I_ use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful
tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor
'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean
so many different things.'
'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master--
But to kind of get back on track, I have no strong opinions about whatever gets implemented. It's mouser's site and he gets to say what goes. We all get a free ride here, so in his house, we abide by his rules. NSFW tags? If that's the solution, then that's it. Stronger moderation? I'm never in favour of moderation except for extreme cases, but I'll go with the flow.
For posts that refer to pornography... Well... Porn is a big part of the Internet and we're all exposed to it in some way or another. Porn is where the popup originated, and where a lot of innovation and development originates (it was a porn label that first made full DVDs available for purchase and download -- they're leading the online market). While we may not like it, it will always have a place in technology discussions. There's a very big difference between discussing the technology and issues surrounding it and discussing sex. Naturally, when talking about porn there will be some suggestive comments, but I've never seen the topic turn to "I'd hit that" or "so I was with this chick..." type of discussions here. The focus has always been on technology, which I think is entirely appropriate.
Working in IT, porn is something that I'd be negligent if I ignored. They lead the market in many ways, and looking at how they operate is important to know. It's a question of, "how are people using technology?" They happen to come up with some pretty innovative things from time-to-time.
In any event, just my 2 cents.