There’s been quite a bit of traffic and PMs about swearing and the specific use of the c-bomb (to put it politely) in article comments.
Much as I’m really reluctant to get involved with semantics and especially the banning of particular words or phrases, clearly this has got to a stage where some action is required as we’ve got disgruntled mods, banned users and a generally bad feeling about the whole business.
Here’s my judgement, not everyone is going to like it, but you asked for it, so here it is.
CVG is a gaming site for adults and swearing is part of the language that gets used on the site. We mitigate this by starring out offensive phrases.
The c-word is one of the most offensive of all swear words - if you have to use it, you should only use it extremely sparingly or for emphasis in rare cases. It loses its ability to shock if you use it all the time.
On email, message boards and forums there are none of the nuances or subtle pointers we get in everyday face to face interaction or even phone conversation. It’s very easy to offend people, even if you are apparently just 'joking'. If you call someone a c**t, don't be surprised if they're offended.
So from now on:
If you must use stronger swear words - and to be honest there are much wittier and better ways to get your point across - please confine it to the forum where it’ll be seen by the CVG community, rather than article comments where it’s on view to the whole world,
If you’re warned or banned for swearing in article comments don’t be surprised.
The CVG editorial tech and admin teams have little to no time to moderate the site, that’s why we ask for volunteer moderators who sacrifice their own valuable time and effort to do a difficult and often thankless job.
If they ask you to do something or moderate your behaviour, then please comply. That’s what they are there for.
If you’ve been banned, take it on the chin, serve your ban and return to the boards an older and wiser man (or lady) – and especially, don’t sulk or bait the moderators. That will earn you a perma-ban.
If you think the mods are doing such a bad job, ask yourself why you haven’t volunteered to moderate the site.
I'm really reluctant to put together a definitive list of restrictive rules and FAQs mainly because I think with sufficient goodwill and a bit of understanding between users, mods and admins, an adult gaming community should be able to moderate itself, however if this proves not to be the case, then clearly we'll have to develop one.
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