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Old 05-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #29
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As mentioned earlier the thread was closed after a consensus amongst the site team - we have widely varying views about propriety but in this instance there was no disagreement. Please keep in mind when you are wondering why the thread was closed that we have many different kinds of members and many who surf at work as well. Some posts were removed that were not work safe, others were making fun at the expense of a specific group of folks.

We all have a different view of what is funny, naughty or outright offensive. In this case however the site team believed that line between fun and too 'adult' had been crossed and so some posts and images were removed and the thread closed. We understand that not everyone agrees with this decision but we believe that it was the best choice for the community and in keeping with our community rules.

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Old 05-02-2012, 06:43 PM   #30
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:53 PM   #31
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A respectful yet complete response from the mods explaining why the thread was kept open originally and why it was ultimately closed would have done a lot less damage to the fabric of the community.

While I disagree with the decision to close the thread, I am not especially troubled by it. The idea that Airforums should be maintained as a Bowdlerized sanctuary suitable for prime-time viewing by children of 1958 has always seemed paternalistic and out of place given that the community consists exclusively of adults and the subject material is not of interest to young children. But I don't especially care.

On the other hand, I am deeply troubled by the timing and the manner in which the thread closure was handled.

The Airforums are a community site insofar as it is the financial donations and posts that make the community successful and allow it to continue to operate. The TOS is not something with community origins, and while the site team may have the legal authoritah to enforce them selectively at its discretion, there is no requirement that the community as a whole or individual members tolerate it.

This is a good point... I guess I overlooked the "Supporting Member" sign on my own profile! I guess the possibility of losing supporting members when renewal comes around is a risk the owners are willing to take.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #32
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When you learn that free speech is only free, if it conforms to the guidelines of whoever is in control, you'll be much better off

Given that my security clearance would get yanked in a half a heartbeat, if I happen to browse a website (while I'm on my lunch break, of course) with inappropriate content, I'm thankful for the safeguards put in place by the mods, but a good suggestion would be to do what other websites do, and put "NSFW" in the post's title.

That said, as much as I might loathe censorship, the TOS are set by the owner, this site is privately owned, and if you're not happy with it, you can always join the WBCCI and go to their forum.....oh, wait....

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:02 PM   #33
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I thought the thread was juvenile and added nothing to the airstream family.
Agreed - I wondered about the eventual course on the first day it was posted ~

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Originally Posted by zigzagguzzi
I thought the thread was juvenile and added nothing to the airstream family.

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Agreed - I wondered about the eventual course on the first day it was posted ~

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I didn't really even read it, nor am I particularly upset its gone, or even existed, but the amount of views and posts would certainly contradict this statement. It obviously added a lot to (a good many) folks here. The number of views and posts don't lie.

Regardless, I agree with the second part, thanking the mods for their work!
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I didn't really even read it, nor am I particularly upset its gone, or even existed,
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Agreed - I wondered about the eventual course on the first day it was posted ~
...which coincided with the last time I for one even looked at it.

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but the amount of views and posts would certainly contradict this statement. It obviously added a lot to (a good many) folks here. The number of views and posts don't lie.
Not always so...oftentimes these sorts of threads are viewed only by a view active individuals - but those few look at it every time a new entry is added and go back to review it over and over - much like a lot of the "high view count" WBCCI threads. It's the same few posting and viewing over & over again...

It ran it's course, it's over ~

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Overall I think the moderation on the forum is quite reasonable.

One only has to look at their local TOPIX to get an idea of what happens without active moderators
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"the avoidance of excess or extremes, esp. in one's behavior or political opinions : he urged the police to show moderation. See note at abstinence .
• the action of making something less extreme, intense, or violent"

What do you expect from a moderator......moderation?

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I'm sure a % of folks who are part of this group hold dear they can better run my life better than I can,, Seems more and more of this happens every day..

I was put back some when it first came on the site,, but the few posts I read were civil...

I did not post nor did I follow it anymore as I made my own mind up without telling everyone else that they should also..

It boils down to the day we all ware brown suits,, and little hats that make us proper Americans.. We will also be riding bikes and our Airstreams will be crushed to make more soda cans for that "free bubble up",,, Look out America,, here it comes..

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I understand that Andy owns the forum and that is financed by advertisement and due I have never seen anything on laws/bylaws or governing body (moderators). So how does one know when they are in violation? I questioned a post once and was told that was what the delete button was for.
Is there a place on the forum where this information is listed?
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Wow... what a bunch of conspiracy theorists this has brought out... it's not like AF is censoring the internet or blocking your right to type in whatever.com There are lots of places you can talk about whatever you want... but it seams reasonable that the people that have allowed this forum to be branded with the Airstream label try to keep things somewhat on track.

It's not about telling people what to do... it's about providing a public forum and taking responsibility for keeping it safe for ANYONE that comes by, because they might not all be old perverts with lots of money...
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #42
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It boils down to the day we all ware brown suits,, and little hats that make us proper Americans.. We will also be riding bikes and our Airstreams will be crushed to make more soda cans for that "free bubble up",,, Look out America,, here it comes..

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There is a time and place for almost everything but just as you wouldn't put pics of playboy centerfolds on the church bulletin board or go naked into your local grocery store, there are some things that aren't inappropriate in this venue (AIR).

There are places you can go naked and post picks of centerfolds, but if you do it in the wrong venue you can expect some blow back. The same holds true here as well.
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