Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
No Profanties, No personal attacks, or obscenities?
The fine line between freedom of expression and moderation (what some call censorship) is much like a tightrope. There's a delicate balance that has to be maintained. Having an entire team of moderators to contribute opinions on questionable posts hopefully assures our members that there is no arbitrary or unilateral "censorship" happening here.
As for profanity - There are only a couple of words that are never cleared by the site's software. Those would be the most obvious four-letter words that we teach our children NOT to use. Beyond that, each and every poem, along with its content, is assessed for its own merit. There are many borderline words that may have legitimate definitions that allow them to be used properly in verse - Those should be allowed to remain. There are some that are a bit "mature" for a nine-year old. Those can be posted in our Mature Content forums which your son can't access.
Personal attacks are considered to be posts where a member criticizes a poet rather than critiquing a poem. Critique needn't be derisive in nature, and is far more supportive to a writer when offered as a constructive response. This is a large site with thousands of members. What people say to each other outside our PiP walls is their own concern, but what they post here needs to be respectful to our community of writers. That's simple common sense.
Obsenities - That's a word with many connotations. We don't post graphic violence, or depiction of harm to oneself or others. This is one of our most important foundational philosophies. We WANT you to be comfortable allowing your 9 year old to read here, and we want our 92 year old Muys (our eldest member) to be equally comfortable... and everyone in between. There's enough graphic violence out in the real world - and the cyber world... This is Ron's home. Violence has no place in his living room. We like it that way. Here's hoping you do as well...
Thanks for taking time to ask these questions...