posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 02:30 PM
I'd love to see more swearing. ATS at times seems very cold, aloof and formal. If swearing was allowed it would bring about a more informal,
friendly, family, community atmosphere.
Some of the best maintained, friendliest forums I post on are full of swearing, it's just that people don't swear AT each other. I think the
difference for that though is the size. The forums where swearing is acceptable aren't half as big as ATS, so moderating and drawing the line is
easier for the admins and mods, plus as these forums are smaller you know people better and there's less chance of some numpty taking offence,
because you're dealing with people you know rather than strangers you know nothing about.
These forums are also pretty exclusively non-American message boards, so it's not seen as a big deal as the culture and upbringing of forum members
is more liberal, where as I get the feeling there's a lot of people in America who are raised the exact opposite and are genuinely offended, for one
odd reason or another, by swear words.
I'd like to see a more common sense approach in future even though it's probably not going to happen. I'm really not offended if someone thinks and
says that I'm a f------g idiot. But I'm 100% offended when I'm accused of being a shill or a government agent for having the wrong opinion on some
token conspiracy. ATS is proof enough that you can be incredibly rude and offensive without swearing. You shouldn't be allowed to willy nilly dismiss
people as plants and shills