Hey Simon and other IQ moderators,
Before I start I just wanted to say I could not log in to IQ Meta nor log in providing an email. I apologise in advance for posting in the wrong section!
I just wanted to raise awareness that there has been an increased usage of profanity and other cuss/taboo words on IQ within the past 2-3 months or so, and I just wanted to ask if there were any moderators concerned about this.
The reason I ask is because, whilst not very proud to admit it, in the real world I do toss around profanity quite a lot, and when it comes to participating in an online community with high intellectual views such as IQ, I really do my best to abstain from any such words or terminology for the sake of promoting 'smart language.' With that mentioned I'd be lying if I said I were an innocent bystander when it comes to this topic.
It would be nice to have some feedback just so I know what is best felt from the moderators. I would like to know whether profanity has any value in shaping the look and feel for the website which I deeply appreciate.
Personally whilst I do support freedom of speech and actually have got no problem with people engaging in swearing, I feel it would be best if IQ stuck to a no-profanity style medium, only in thought to show visitors to IQ that this is, indeed, a very well educated and intelligent community, vastly different from most others.
Thankyou for your efforts, and btw, the latest update to the website about matching usernames to asked questions in the questions page was a fabulous idea.
The question has been closed for the following reason "Question is off-topic or not relevant: Any further discussion of site policy should be done on IQ Meta" by Barry Allen 20 Jun '13, 04:33
I'll answer this here on the main Inward Quest site since you cannot log into IQ Meta. (I've now made some changes to the configuration there so please see if that fixes your login problems)
The Inward Quest FAQ states:
The moderators will (and have) suspended users for using offensive language. This will continue to be site policy into the future. We try to be lenient if we think someone is in an emotionally disturbed condition and is behaving that way as a disguised cry for help. However, we operate zero-tolerance for anyone who is clearly just using such language as attention-seeking or disruptive behaviour.
Regardless of the rights or wrongs of using such language, this is a public website where many have contributed high-quality information to share with others globally. So we will seek to enforce behavioural standards equivalent to a "lowest common denominator" situation to ensure that the information reaches the widest audience possible. In other words, if your great grandmother, who is surfing the internet looking for information, would be offended by the language used then that language will not be welcomed here.
answered 10 Jun '13, 12:29
Simon Templeton ♦♦
This is not only an intellectual issue but as well on a spiritual perspective about our frequency.
When I see swearing here it turns me off spiritually. It dulls my inspiration. It is a lower base frequency. My reaction is one of being repulsed. It is a way to turn me away from responding.
I need to point out that I used to strongly feel anyone that expressed themselves with profanity hadn't anything with worthy of my time. Elly Rook changed that with his excellent book which I'll abstain from spelling one word out of consideration and decorum. "The Big ?@#$ing Secret." It is an excellent book but I wish he that he used only words worthy of his points.
I had a friend that attempted to talk with me at work. He swore so much while talking, I had no idea what he was trying to tell me or ask me.
http://goo.gl/LsLJ9 WARNING CONTAINS THE 7 WORDS YOU CAN'T SAY ON TV
This answer is marked "community wiki".
In My own opinion, i do not see an issue with swearing, just as all things in life, a word is given only as much power as we choose to give it, so if it offends us, it is because we allow ourselves to be offended. I can never be offended by somthing I embrace and accept. I try ( and this is a BIG try lol) not to judge things. ESPECIALLY WORDS. Now, I do see why this rule is here, and also I see why many would feel this way, BUT I know too that we all can only be effected, if we are infected. SO if we relax, take it easy, words of these nature, will never truly affect us. hope this helped.
love n light
answered 11 Jun '13, 08:19
TReb Bor yit-NE
Lenny Bruce was an advocate of free speech. On October 4, 1961, Bruce was arrested for obscenity at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco; he had used the word "cocksucker" in an adult night club.
Here is Dustin Hoffman playing Lenny Bruce.
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