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Freedom of Speech in the Online World

Mad_MorlockMad_Morlock Registered User regular
edited November 2006 in Debate and/or Discourse
In a public forum in the real world, if someone were to stand up and begin a longwinded philisophical debate, they'd probably be dragged off the stage. Especially if everyone just came to be entertained. Forcing people to think out of turn is often irritating.

In Ancient times they probably would have been stoned (not high) or crucified.

The modern world, thanks to Computers and the Internet, gives us a nice middleman that prevents these random acts of supression.

However, they can still lock you up and throw away the key.

At what point does thread bombing of a controversial topic become a form of mob censorship?

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    DynagripDynagrip Break me a million hearts HoustonRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2006
    In the immortal words of Socrates,

    "I drank what?"

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    ProtoProto Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    get off the stage!

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    and her knees up on the glove compartment
    took out her barrettes and her hair spilled out like rootbeer
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    Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited November 2006
    In a public forum in the real world, if someone were to stand up and begin a longwinded philisophical debate, they'd probably be dragged off the stage. Especially if everyone just came to be entertained. Forcing people to think out of turn is often irritating.

    In Ancient times they probably would have been stoned (not high) or crucified.

    The modern world, thanks to Computers and the Internet, gives us a nice middleman that prevents these random acts of supression.

    However, they can still lock you up and throw away the key.

    At what point does thread bombing of a controversial topic become a form of mob censorship?

    It's not so much that it's controversial as it is that your ideas are absurd and poorly argued, and certain mods don't want to watch the inevitable and spectacular downward spiral those kinds of threads will have.

    I suspect the same fate awaits this one.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2006
    None of the following threads:

    * "Hi, I'm New!!!" - Man, we don't care.
    * "Look at my site! Buy my stuff!" - Uhhh, no. Go away, sitewhore. Its totally fine to put a link in your sig if you want to show off your work, or hock some gear, though.
    * Redundant threads - One is enough. Look before you start something new.
    * Threads in which you bitch about the rules, the mods, the thread that just got locked, or your 'worst forum enemy'. PM us if you have a problem. Mind you, if you have a 'worst forum enemy', seek mental help instead.
    Corollary: Don't pull this crap in established threads either. Mod decisions are to be discussed in private.

    PM me if you have a problem with this policy. If you have an issue with the mod staff, I suggest PMing WhipstitchZombie, our admin, directly.

    Here's a link to do that:
    http://www.penny-arcade.com/forums/privmsg.php?mode=post&u=139

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    JebuJebu Registered User regular
    edited November 2006
    Making an argument without using a consistent and coherent position and without having a real understanding and respect for opinions different from yours isn't going to get very far. If you're just going to say everyone who disagrees with you "doesn't get it" and that you're the only enlightened one here, you're not debating, you're proselytizing.

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    ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited November 2006
    look at me i am so totally censoring you with my lockzorz olol

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