Censorship of threads

Discussion in 'Relationships, Discrimination, and Jealousy' started by sassy Lisa, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. sassy Lisa

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    Just recently I have been reading thru various threads and yes I rarely post and mainly read. I typically stay in Relationship, Discrimination and Jealousy section of LPSG and occasionally venture into the other areas. Recently over the past couple of weeks one particular thread caught my eye and I even commented on it. But one thing that struck with me very harsh was that my husband had been inspired to start a thread based on another person post and within 48 hours it was taken down. He had been informed that it was to controversial and they couldn't understand why he would start a thread that was similar to another thread that they had locked. He let the moderators know why and notice that within short amount of time that thread disappeared too. What I found most disturbing is how a forum that is based on a sexual body part and yes these thread where talking about a very serious sexual matter, could censor any subject which was being seriously discussed in a respectful way. From what I saw both thread had people stating their displeasure about the matter and other stating in a serious tone about what they felt should or should not happen. I have seen other thread that I have had displeasure for and even reported and yet they are still up and running. So is this fair to censor thread because it offends the reader and yet has educational value. What are they trying to hide, what are they afraid of? I feel that forum should give people the ability to explore topics by asking question and sharing thoughts but how can we when the forum moderators pick and choose what threads stay up?
     
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    This is becoming a trend on alot of sites due to the society being hyper sensitive on alot of issues now. It is unfortunate and not sure if it will change anytime soon given current events.
     
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    How serious can a big dick website be?
     
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    I have had two threads canned for mention of the word "teen". I guess its too close to "kiddy porn" territory? In both cases I was simply asking people to comment on various coming of age stories. Its taboo on this site to acknowledge anything to do with teenage sexuality. Quite a shame, because those formative years carry through into our adulthood as sexual beings.
     
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    People are surprisingly closed-minded here. Well, it used to surprise me, anyway.
     
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    It was not always the case that this site was so controlled. The good old days had lots of free discussion and everyone was welcomed here.
     
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    I know the owners of the site are becoming a lot more strict about anything that will involve minors, even if it's innocent, anything involving animals, scat, or something illegal.

    Still, IMO, the prevailing more should be that if something offends you, and it's not illegal or involves minors in a sexual or sexualized way, then let it ride.

    I know there were a couple threads about the Penn State Scandal that got 86'ed fairly recently. I was rather disappointed in that, because they were not sexual in nature, but discussing the nature of the scandal, and who dropped the ball.

    Then there were those threads about fondling someone while asleep. Those were, IMO, Gross. It seemed to be glorifying sexual assault/abuse. I avoided those like the plague, cause I felt that they might as well have been, simply "Hey, has anyone ever raped somebody?"

    As far as some of the tighter rein that has come up on this site, well, Forums change over time, and evolve. I know there was a time when things were pretty Wild West here. At one point, I questioned whether there were even Moderators on here, seeing some of the craziness that has occurred.

    I think now, there's mostly a good balance. I just wish something better could be done about the minors issue. Every day there's several people getting warnings or heads up, as per the Moderator actions thread, and it's usually over minors.
     
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    Interesting. I wonder what changed?
     
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    You seem to forget this site has an owner, Rob _ E, and when you join you do agree to his terms of service. Which means that he can do whatever he thinks is appropriate for the site, and upon registering you agree to this.
     
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    This site could get into a crap ton of legal trouble with the minor thing. There are are watchdog groups out there you know, and even innocent recounts involving minors could shut this site down in a heartbeat. The owner, admins and mods are simply trying to make sure this site stays up for your enjoyment.
     
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    Can't speak for anyone else in this thread, but I am aware of how property rights interact with the concept of freedom of speech.

    My point is not that the site owner(s) have or do not have the right to determine what content is appropriate; rather, it is that both the owner(s) and contributors are surprisingly closed-minded at times.
     
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    I find it interesting that threads are pulled based on a members comments on how inappropriate the topic is. Meanwhile, that member has no profile.

    I understand and respect monitoring content. However, discussing when I went through puberty is not in the same as posting kiddie porn.

    Personally, I get annoyed that rediculous threads like "Do gay men read the bible" stay, yet I can't read/post about the Penn State scandal.
     
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    Look at it like this; your friend has invited you over to his house to use his swimming pool or your invited to a pool party. The only thing he asks is "no pissing in the pool". Be a gracious guest and try not offend him or the other guest.

    Censorship is what government organizations practice without your approval, consent or vote; not private groups or citizens where you are an invited guest or a voluntary participant. Vote with your feet if something offends you.
     
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    Well it is simple there are those here who do feel that we should talk about issues that are about real life. Than there are the rest of you who want to bury your heads in the sand and act like there is nothing going on. Mods need to understand that people do take notice to when threads up and disappear. Also there are those of us who want of us want to discuss serious issues.
     
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    So what is it that you want to discuss and feel you can't?
     
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    Ignorance on high!Reread and read again,do a search.Children need not reply.:rolleyes:
     
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    That is probably the best way to describe whats going on here. This site has to have some control over content because of legal issues. I had a site many years ago and I was REALLY heavy handed about things. For the most part we do have a LOT of freedom to post what we like considering there are flat out ads for sex.

    The internet is tricky when it comes to legal issues. If the server was in China "freedom of speech" wouldnt mean jack. You can always spot us Americans because we are always the first to bitch about our "right to free speech".

    So far I think the way its being handled is fine. But thats just my opinion.
     
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    At the risk of having an unpopular counter-opinion, I would disagree on the thread censorship issue.

    My understanding is that 99% of any deleted threads (outside of blatant spam/ads) have to do with legal issues mentioned (references, even unrelated, to persons under 18). Same with photos.

    I've also posted at DataLounge, which is a gay men's message board, and THAT board was a case of having threads deleted with absolutely no rhyme or reason. Sometimes it was because the admin wanted it gone, sometimes it was because DL had a system in place similar to Craigslist and if a post got enough people flagging it, it was gone. Sometimes it was because it was a Tuesday. And so forth.

    I think LPSG does a much better job of this - and is somewhat transparent about this too (listing members that are banned, etc.)

    I understand we are all more than our penises and vaginas, and that it's nice to have an area to discuss things not related to our genitalia. But when the PSU scandal can be discussed on, you know, every other Web page and message board that exists on the Internet, it's hard for me to see it as an issue because perhaps it can't be discussed here. It's sort of like going to the Chinese buffet and being mad that there's no filet mignon. I just can't get my tinfoil conspiracy hat on over this one, sorry.
     
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    thank you!lmao
     
  20. Q Vee

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    Really!

    I have found some highly educated folks here enlightening myself and others on various topics from health to politics to science. I guess the "how serious" question is best answered: As serious as you would like it. So, when someone asks a serious question about a health issue, that is not funny. And yes, without fail someone will advise them to see their doctor. Which assumes that they have access to healthcare for their issue.

    Regarding taking a thread down. I'd rather have the Mods err on the site of keeping the site running then letting the forum become in jeopardy of being shut down over legal hassles. Unfortunately, the current social climate is rife with litigious zealots and moral bigots who are looking for a reason to destroy open discussion, especially one that is founded on the support of men with large penises.

    I do not like the idea that "a current news story" cannot be discussed in detail on this site. But I am okay with that especially, when I have seen threads hijacked by people who seem to only want to disrupt the discussion rather then add relevant debate or insight. I may disagree with the Moderators on some of their decisions from time to time, but divisive individuals and lecherous types really set me off. I can only imagine given the opportunity what may have occurred if the negative types had been allowed to screw with a thread based on that stories subject matter.

    This is a good thread in my opinion. Thanks to the OP for opening the dialogue, thanks to the Mods for not censoring it even though it hinted at sensitive topics, and thanks to posters with serious commentary, once again folks here have helped me understand an issue and put it in better perspective ("censoring threads"). Frankly, I never gave it any thought beforehand.

    Seriously.
     
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