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Insulting Language and Political Subjects on the General Forum
November 15 2011 at 3:04 AM
(Premier Login aytron) Forum Owner from IP address 220.127.116.11
I have been dismayed at the direction of a number of threads on the General Forum recently.
General holds a unique place amongst Missing-Lynx's Forums. While other Forums are limited to very specific subject areas (so it is easier to define what is "on-topic"), General has a broader brief.
To quote the guidelines, the General Forum's brief is "any general military modelling topic including industry news and announcements."
Despite the specific limits of this brief to military modelling topics, I have always recognised that this is a community, and that the guidelines may sometimes be stretched to accommodate the general interests of Missing-Lynx's members. We frequently see postings about reference books, photographs, show reports, retail outlets, other useful websites and much more.
I have never had a particular problem with these broader subjects, which clearly have a connection to our hobby (although the link may be tenuous at times).
Recently, however, I have noticed an upswing in insulting behaviour and subjects that might be interpreted as political.
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