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Old 07-29-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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Just a word of warning, I guess the forum rules are being taken very seriously.

I just received an infraction point for my old signature. I suppose the infraction was deserved as it could be seen as a political comment to anyone looking hard enough. And the sigs get seen on all threads that you post on. I'm posting this in the Drunken Rants section where I know it will be safe to post. The offending signature was:

"If a cop is beating on you, don't just assume that he is a fascist, racist or homophobic. He is probably just having fun. Try to relax and share in his humour."

Now, I used that sig all in good fun, not even thinking it could seem offensive to anyone. This is just a heads up to anyone that has a signature that could be misunderstood in any way. No need for infraction points for you guys

 
Old 07-29-2008, 11:33 PM   #2
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I rather liked your old signature, but I too like fluffy cats.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:37 PM   #3
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:41 PM   #4
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I would like someone to explain to me how anyone, other than a cop that beats people purely for fun, could find that offensive. And, if said cop beats people purely for fun, why would anyone care if they were offended? Is this turning into Sesame Street around here?
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:55 PM   #5
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I don't know. It doesn't seem particularly political, considering that the only word with overt political significance in your former sig is "fascist".

It could just be PC, but I doubt it. Or one of the mods might be a cop. Who knows?

I think the trouble with sigs like that one is that it is pointlessly provocative and totally unrelated to the content that this board is devoted to. It has nothing to do with homebrewing. Sure, there are other sigs that have no bearing on homebrewing, and some of them might even be considered to be in poor taste, but they aren't potentially inflammatory like yours.

There are plenty of boards where a sig like that would be just fine because the forum is devoted to debate, liberty, social commentary, conspiracy, hate, dark humor, politics, etc. This board is dedicated to homebrewing and beer, and your sig just didn't fit.

Ask the mods. They might explain their rationale to you.

I liked your sig by the way. There is little real liberty anymore and we do essentially live in a police state. What you say isn't really far off the mark.

I also like fluffycats.

 
Old 07-29-2008, 11:57 PM   #6
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Censorship, in all forms, sucks!!!

I'm not homophobic...why would I be afraid of "the same"? I consider it one of those BS words that no one knows what the hell it means...including the first person who coined it (uneducated dumb ass), so I don't use it.

I believe the term should be "homosexualphobic" which relays (the why) fear of what someone may actually be afraid of...

My $0.02!!

EDIT: Fluffy cats are nice with rice...
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I think the trouble with sigs like that one is that it is pointlessly provocative and totally unrelated to the content that this board is devoted to. It has nothing to do with homebrewing. Sure, there are other sigs that have no bearing on homebrewing, and some of them might even be considered to be in poor taste, but they aren't potentially inflammatory like yours.
Right on. I was not the one to administer the infraction, but I can't disagree with it.
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I don't know. It doesn't seem particularly political, considering that the only word with overt political significance in your former sig is "fascist".

It could just be PC, but I doubt it. Or one of the mods might be a cop. Who knows?

I think the trouble with sigs like that one is that it is pointlessly provocative and totally unrelated to the content that this board is devoted to. It has nothing to do with homebrewing. Sure, there are other sigs that have no bearing on homebrewing, and some of them might even be considered to be in poor taste, but they aren't potentially inflammatory like yours.

There are plenty of boards where a sig like that would be just fine because the forum is devoted to debate, liberty, social commentary, conspiracy, hate, dark humor, politics, etc. This board is dedicated to homebrewing and beer, and your sig just didn't fit.

Ask the mods. They might explain their rationale to you.

I liked your sig by the way. There is little real liberty anymore and we do essentially live in a police state. What you say isn't really far off the mark.

I also like fluffycats.
That's kinda how I understand it too. It was a bit of a surprise, so that's why I posted the warning to others, just in case.

 
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Right on. I was not the one to administer the infraction, but I can't disagree with it.
Sorry Yuri and BillTK. I disagree. Clearly satire...

 
Old 07-30-2008, 12:05 AM   #10
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Thanks for giving everyone a heads up.

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