I think you should allow the mocking of political figures, in avatars or nicknames.
There are different rules for staring at strippers vs. staring at civilians.
Those who have chosen to enter public life know it's mud-wrestling, they're begging for it, they must think the trade-off is worth it.
Insulting a political figure, or any distant belief totem, is distinct from name-calling directed to actual ATS interlocutors, we can still all speak
as amicable mountain-top philosophers while still using flamboyant terms to characterize other persons and figures distinct (actually "as-if"
distinct) from those of us here talking.
A properly abusive encapsulating nickname is actually a triumph of culture.
It is one of the joys of being a peasant, it's very Chaucerian.
In general, the more things (in whatever system) cannot be said, the more false beliefs (almost by definition, seems like) that system must require as
There should be nothing that cannot be said.
You are in a free speech business. I'm sure you could make more money doing something else.
Give the people what they want, let them have what they enjoy, if you are too polite you can't say anything, there is nothing that is not offensive
to someone and some people are offended by everything, the purpose of discourse is to advance knowledge/resolve discrepancy and those areas where
people get most upset are exactly the ones where discourse has the biggest pay-out, that which cannot be addressed cannot be changed, laws do more
harm than crimes...yadda yadda yadda free speech cliches...(hate speech is sweet and lovely too, btw, (and talking about dope, don't be so
nanny-state, it's gross))...
Basically what I'm saying is: you are correct to eschew name-calling between ATS interlocutors and the ad hominem argument, but anything past that
you have gone too far and wrong, there is nothing wrong with colorful abuse towards political figures, political parties, religious figures, gods,
God, any and every living human, dead people, groups of people, people in general, animals, plants, rocks, all beings et cetera...
(And I say this, please note, even though my posts are all pretty much drop-dead polite)
You should show more faith in the invisible hand of the marketplace of ideas...it's a lot of work having to know better and having to decide when
others have crossed the line, every week having to issue new politeness rulings, decorum warnings and school uniform dress codes...I bet you-all, like
anybody, would be happier to avoid that activity as much as possible ( it's like the obvious advantages of few laws and a simple tax code)