There are many issues I see pass through The Alley that I am contented to sit back and watch. Arguments are made, points are sealed, and everyone’s quarrelling muscles get flexed. Wonderful. What I see MUCH too often are members that insist upon bashing either A) other members -- which may be a favored past time to some, but seems a waste of time and effort to me -- or B) Moderators and/or Ron. And, you know, that kills me… Ron is constantly being portrayed as having this totalitarian position. As though he LIVES to beat poets into submission with word filters *gasp* and posting guidelines *OH, MY!* and Moderators to enforce those guidelines *Help, Toto!*. I believe the position has already been avowed, quite proficiently, that we are visitors to a private site, and that aforementioned guidelines are clearly stated when a membership is granted.
Now, fellow member who agreed to all the declared suppressing decrees of Passions, what I think you fail to understand is not the guidelines themselves, but the incentives behind them. I assure you that Ron and fellow moderators are not “realityphobics” *scoff* (oh and if we’re bringing up that word, let’s bring up another: presumption). In fact, I think they have a better sense of “reality” than you, Jeremy, if you’re ranting about free speech. I’m sure that if Ron could whisk away all rules and regulations without fear of harming the quality of the forums, then he would. One of the reasons this site has kept its exclusive status is BECAUSE of the restrictions placed on its members. If we were given free reign, I’m almost positive that Passions would degenerate into the crap that a lot of the unrestricted sites are. We have to take into account the entire spectrum of eyes viewing these pages; given that, this is a family-oriented value system. And that’s just great. Hey, I would be THRILLED to rid of that *asterisks* word filter, if I knew that everyone viewing my posts were mature enough to handle my.. uhm… well, hey, I talk like a trucker… but let’s not get into that now … My opinion in full: I’m GLAD it’s there. I wouldn’t want my eight-year-old child wandering into the site if the full of Ron’s instructions were not imposed (please note that I use this example because we DO have a member who is eight years old). Instead, I would feel comfortable letting them browse with me (through all Open forums, sans Adult) and sharing what we find. Isn’t that a nice feeling, Jeremy? *awww* Okay, so the purpose of this enormous paragraph. Said “realityphobics” understand that regulations are needed for a nice, clean atmosphere. And that applies to ALL forums, including Dark, and to certain subjects, one of which you have created a fuss over. Okay, let’s take that subject in hand and look at how it has been dealt with. You posted a poem with suicide as the theme. One moderator or another must have contacted you and took that post into the Moderator’s Forum and discussed the possibilities of elimination or tolerance. Somehow this seems… fair? And I mean, really, when is reality FAIR, Jeremy? But that’s beside the point…
*sigh* I know that my tangents may seem to be scattering farther away from the “issues” that you’ve brought up… so let’s get back to those…
I’m having trouble detecting what your complaint is because from what I can discern the issues mentioned can be solved, but not by ranting in The Alley. My assumptions as to what your pains might be (in question form, pretend it's Jeopardy… do you watch Jeopardy, Jeremy? Man with a mustache reading cards? Three other persons behind little blue podiums? Anyway...):
Do you, as an individual feel that you have been singled out and treated unfairly? Do you feel a double standard has caused you grief? If so, I suggest you take it up with one of the Administrators. Along those same lines, if you have found other posts that you feel are just as, if not more graphic or explicit -- in whatever manner -- than your own, that have NOT been removed, I propose you alert one of the moderators of that forum and ask them to review stated material.
If it is the guidelines THEMSELVES, however, that are causing you whatever anguish you seem to be suffering, I invite you to go elsewhere. There are many, many poetry forums out there that do NOT offer any form of censorship. Freedom of speech, Jeremy, go at it. No rules, no guidelines, no moderators. And no removed posts.
But I think that for the warm, healthy environment created here, barriers are not a preference brought on by small-minded proprietors, they are a necessity demanded by the value that members place upon Passions.
[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Cor (edited 02-04-2001).]