In the past few years, we have witnessed a disheartening trend here at TDH, where the envelope of acceptable, decent, and respectful conduct has been pushed to a breaking point. The overall quality of posts and responses, especially in the Sarlacc Pit, have eroded to the point where we have begun to receive considerable criticism from members who do not appreciate the amount of inappropriate language they must wade through to reach useful information. In an effort to curb the downward spiral, at least in our little corner of the Internet, we want to make our stance on inappropriate language clear.
TDH is a “family friendly” board. We have an ever-growing number of young members. While we have no illusions about what they might see/hear/read on TV or other websites, we do not wish them or others to view inappropriate language here at TDH. This is an informational board and the purpose of the board is to help each other build better costumes. The freedom to express oneself using inappropriate language is not a right or a privilege we wish to extend. We are confident that every member is capable of expressing him/herself without resorting to such crudeness.
Under the section “Colorful Language”, the Code of Conduct previously stated:
“Cursing and the use of obscenities are prohibited. Additionally, adding "@" or "#" or "$" or "%" or "*" or "-" or any other character in place of letters in curse words do NOT make those words acceptable to post. Keep it clean or keep it off the board.”
We are redefining this section as follows:
The use of profanity is prohibited. For clarification on what qualifies as "profanity", please visit Wikipedia and search for “profanity” and “list of profanities” Profanity includes but is not limited to blasphemy (insults, slang or taking the name of a deity in vain), general insults and expletives, sexual insults or slang, and discriminatory insults or slang. Additionally, adding "@" or "#" or "$" or "%" or "*" or "-" or any other character in place of letters in inappropriate words do NOT make those words acceptable to post.
Discriminatory and sexual slang is pretty obvious. However, blasphemy might be surprising and unclear as it has become very common to use blasphemous phrases with little thought. Blasphemy is a form of profanity. Using exclamations such as “Jesus Christ” or “Oh my God!” is not acceptable. While blasphemy against the Judeo-Christian deity is by far the most common, we will not tolerate blasphemy against any deity. Such language is simply not needed to express oneself or to get a point across on a costuming board.
As we have stated in the past, we will NOT be scouring the board, looking for posts that break this or any part of the Code of Conduct. However, if we do see inappropriate language or we are PMed about an inappropriate post, we WILL alter/remove the inappropriate comments and PM you to let you know the changes we have made. Repeated violations of this or any rule within the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping to make TDH a board where everyone is welcome and can feel free to read posts/threads without unnecessarily inappropriate language.