Considering that thousands of other forums have useless crap and have thousands of idiots, DC is a gem in the rough..
about content tagging, etc. Why not if it's not too obtrusive. (BUT, ahem, let’s not forget that they might have the reverse effect than what one expects — anything that's perceived as subversive provokes curiosity.)
I think I understand your feelings and opinion, CodeTRUCKER.
If DC was to evolve in a direction that didn't correspond to my expectations anymore, I'd just stop posting (and reading posts). Unfortunately
this forum seems to be populated with so many mature, sound and knowledgeable people (it's its greatest asset)… I don’t see myself “leaving” because of a lack of intelligence and respect.
The very positive influence of a quite a few people
(like mouser, especially, but also of all the other great posters like CarolHaynes, lanux128, app103, nudone, Darwin, jgpaiva, f0dder, Tomos, nontroppo, etc. etc. -- there are so many of them) really gives the tone. They all constitute the foundation and the embodiment of DC’s ethics
. Much better than enforced censorship if you ask me…
We should still be able to rely on trust and basic (tacit) moral guidelines, and leave the forum as it is (unless, the tagging idea can be nicely and transparently integrated)… while remaining vigilant. Of course, we should try avoiding subject matters that could excessively
offend, and try to avoid to participate in these threads… if we do think they’re offending (or too touchy). It’s a personal matter of knowing-feeling when something can get out of control, uselessly offend and hurt.
All that said, let’s not forget that context
is a big part of how to interpret stuff. In the context of DC, the "youporn" link for instance is not just a link to porn. It's information, it's the manifestation of healthy curiosity and humor… always with a computer twist to it. I’m happy that we can at least try
to post about anything (even remotely…) computer related…
DCs current “gravitational” force will be the best “judge” of a thread/post’s validity-legitimacy-sincerity… or even functional fit for that matter! And members’ intelligence will usually bring an interesting twist to it. Never underestimate what seems stupid or vulgar : you never know what can come out of a weird or "offending" thread!
“censorship” doesn’t help education or growth. It just hides the object of our fear or desire and we never get the chance learn how to deal with it properly. Of course, tagging for children
is another story…
I hope I haven’t been too incoherent or out of place… It’s too late for real good thinking. Good night everybody!