Digigdawg wrote:...I feel that the forum can have a "family friendly" atmosphere while not purposefully limiting an individuals right to free speech. Why not have the ability for members to rate/give feedback on posts/individuals so we can police ourselves. Maybe have a rating for content and vulgarity pertaining to what the forum defines as "family friendly".
Yeah, about that. You might not remember Packing.org (PDO), which was a very popular and influential pro-carry web site a number of years ago. I was a member there and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great site. Then the owner switched from a system of moderators to a rating system so that we members could 'police ourselves'. It was a disaster. The site went rapidly downhill. That change ultimately contributed (in my opinion) to the demise of the site.
PDO - RIP.
I believe that we have the best system in place now. We have a very good and dedicated group of moderators. They are all unpaid volunteers, just like the owner and site administrator. They do this as a labor of love to promote the lawful right to self-defense. I know that some people chafe at some of the rules that we have in place, but most people seem to agree that they help make this a better place.
As for your original post, I'm not quite understanding your argument. I'll just pipe in with this: The fact that the owner of a store has the right to establish his own rules does not remove my right to choose whether or not to support his store with my hard-earned cash. It also does not remove my right of free speech to complain to my friends about his store.
In much the same way, you have the right to choose whether or not to support our forum. However, DiveGeek's Costco analogy is a very good one. Everyone who joins our forum agrees to the rules up front.
lmj301 wrote:My only issues with the "family friendly" posting rules is that it also means that we cannot correctly (at times) quote government employees....
Well, we do enjoy the convenience of an automatic word filter. It makes our job much easier, but sometimes results in automatic edits that don't seem to make sense. Sorry about that, but I certainly don't want to disable the automatic filter.
At other times, when it isn't done by the automatic filter, there is normally a good reason for the manual edit by a Posse member. Moderation is not an exact science, and it is often a thankless job. But it is a vital one.