Following further discussions and new evidence coming to light, this has been made a permanent ban.Following discussion between himself and me, INT21 has opted to forego all posting privileges from now on. This was a compromise to avoid an outright permanent ban.
A Green Warning (1 point; 1 month) for Inappropriate Content has been issued to Souleater for off-topic and 'political' posting to the Trump Concession Video thread after being advised of the boundaries in force.
An Inappropriate Content (1 point; 1 month) warning has been issued to GeneHunt73 for a post made to the Royal News thread.
Back in 2001, when the first incarnation of the board appeared, the Internet was a strikingly different place; in practical if not strictly legal terms, the public had far greater leeway for the expression of personal belief without the fear of lawyers' letters, service bans or (more recently) public campaigns against service providers.
Then is not now.
While we are confident that it is still possible to safely communicate most ideas, when it come to the class of potentially defamatory accusations against living figures, if such comments must be made, it will require the intelligent inclusion of appropriate caveats and qualifications.
We cannot permit posts of the type:
- Joe Bloggs is a bloody murderer.
- Jane Doe is a paedophile.