Member Rara Avis
The language restrictions in MC, and which forums are or aren't free of them, are posted in Grok This, Raph. The reasons are in there, too.
Like it or not, believe it or not, words have the power to offend just as they have the power to enlighten. You might think you should have the freedom to yell racial slurs in the middle of Harlem or Chinatown, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it in practice. You may not care if you offend others, and may take no note of the hurt and anger you provoke, but others do care. Sure, you have the freedom to write any way you want. And, we have the freedom to refuse to listen.
Have you read Charles Dickinson lately? Melville? Kafka, Hesse or Hemingway? You'll find little or no profanity in the works of most great writers. Do you really think Orwell or Huxley were guilty of boring, conservative, rigid thinking? Rigidity isn't defined by the words you use, but if anything, by the words you think you must use.
When fifteen or so people banded together almost five years ago to start these forums, it was explicitly because we were tired of the shock-and-awe garbage being dumped so prodigiously everywhere else on the Internet. We, as a group, defined the Guidelines we felt comfortable supporting. I suspect some of those discussions are still floating around in early threads somewhere.
For a few months, the forums were invitation only, with only a handful of like-minded individuals joining the original group. When we decided to open our doors, we put up big signs all over the place as to our expectations. Those who want shock-and-awe have lots and lots of places on the Internet to find it, but we have always been very, very clear that this will never be one of them. We don't force anyone to join, we simply offer an alternative to those who want it. If our standards don't match closely enough with theirs, they have plenty of other choices.
We don't try to be all things to all people. Not five years ago. Not today.