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Freedom of Speech does NOT mean you can be an ass
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Freedom of Speech does NOT mean you can be an ass

Recently, the forum has had a boatload of discussions of "free speech" and "censorship". Some users who shall not be named have been arguing that the forum not have strict enforcement of new policies, claiming that it undermines "free speech". However, I think this thread is a very necessary one.

1. Most forums have their own rules anyway
Though School Survival is a place for those in school to freely vent about their teachers, other peers, classes, parents, work et al., and we respect your right to vent about those subjects, take note that School Survival is still an online forum. We are not some kind of independent nation with a formal constitution, etc. We're just a forum board with moderators, standard rules, etc in order to have some order around here.

Take note most forums have similar policies anyway (unless they're some kind of exception). This should already make the argument moot at this point.

2. Just because you have the right to freedom of speech doesn't mean you can be an ass
If you wish to, feel free to discuss controversial issues in respective sections. We've had plenty of controversial debates before, we're not against it. But please, keep it in the respective sections, and do not let it spill over, and avoid insulting as much as possible.

However, we do not condone mostly baseless flaming and bashing, nor do we not condone the unnecessary posting of gore, porn, etc in threads and sections where they are most certainly not needed or asked for.

Well, I know it isn't very long, but worth making a thread on. There needs to be some massive clarification on "free speech". This doesn't seem to be an issue at all on most other forums.

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