Originally Posted by Phobia
Basically it's not against the rules to be racist. Be racist all you want. You can technically say I am part of the KKK and I hate black people without fear of being banned. But start slinging racial slurs and you got trouble.
We can't possibly filter all racial slurs. It's impossible because many of them are perfectly acceptable words used in correct context.
The reason DC is largely ignored is because we found that it's impossible to moderate closely without being accused of bias or taking a side. The only time we swing the mod stick in this forum is when posts are reported.
Nothing has changed with Flop's announcement here. He's just reminding everybody of the rules as a courtesy because it has been a trending issue here in D.C.
It seems to me that you moderators have a duty, especially in this supposedly lightly moderated forum, to account for the fact that one side (the politically correct side) is going to report a lot of... let's call it borderline stuff... that the other side (the speech tolerance side) wouldn't report in reverse. If you only take action when posts are reported, especially in the absence of any clearly defined rules as to what words will trigger action, you're inevitably going to be acting in a biased manner.
And it's not a solution to just encourage the other side to do more reporting to even up the score.
A better solution, IMO, is to take action against the people who report posts when you decide the post isn't worthy of action itself to discourage over-reporting. For example, if someone reports one of the leaf blower posts from Vailpass that have a clear history of being acceptable here, that person should get the temp ban that they were trying to call down on Vailpass.
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