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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000832.txt from 2000/09

Subj: [kl] Bad Language
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 09:06:52 -0400

I'm no fan of censorship (an issue that rarely comes up here because most of
us restrain ourselves); but I like the mixture of ages and backgrounds on
this list and I'd hate to see parents block their kids from subscribing to a
good information forum because of a few nasty words. Also, once the
vulgarisms start to fly, a general decline in civility swiftly escalates, as
we've seen here, where a regular contributor, who normally doesn't go in for
name-calling, got frustrated enough to call the nuisance poster "a complete
idiot." It takes maturity to ignore such an insult instead of lashing back
with a bigger insult.

Mark is good at dealing with people who can't figure out how to get off the
list. While he's sorting that out, I hope people will cool it, so we don't
provoke an invasion of trolls -- just killfile Octoberteen and anybody who
gets into a slanging match with him or her, or ignore those messages in the

(Wanted to sign an anagram of Lelia Loban, but so far they've all turned out
either meaningless or smutty!)

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