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So is it no-holds-barred in OT now?

I asked a serious question in a thread that went either missed or ignored, so I'm trying to get a straight answer (or you can answer if you're gay, doesn't matter).

At one time OT was OT, but you still had to be civil within a spirited debate, personal attacks and hate speech would earn you a time-out.

However a lot of threads seem to head into those regions lately, so I'm just curious when the rules changed, and if they have, what exactly are the rules...or are there none now?
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What thread and instance specifically are you talking about? I'm not gay but my boyfriend is so maybe I can help.
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What thread and instance specifically are you talking about? I'm not gay but my boyfriend is so maybe I can help.
LOL, I read that after I posted and hoped it would be taken in the light spirit intended.

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Shall I get the Davey to come to the 'puter?
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Shall I get the Davey to come to the 'puter?
Actually we figured out long ago that Davey stole your BW password and comes on to post as you. Or his alter-ego, gmisbankrupt.
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I have to force the Davey to post. He is bitchy and doesn't like debate.
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At one time OT was OT, but you still had to be civil within a spirited debate, personal attacks and hate speech would earn you a time-out.
BWOT?

I don’t recall BWOT being that hyper sensitive with regard to personal attacks – even before the MSOD diaspora. Its lack of mod heavy handedness is a primary reason many stay.

There are personal attacks and there are personal attacks…

A well crafted, brilliantly launched lampoon will not only often not earn a time out but also win accolades.

Many members have also been posting together here for several years; there’s an underlying respect that even when members disagree to the point of a personal attack everyone knows there’s no real harm done.

Hate speech is a different matter, OTOH, and has been met with appropriate time outs and bans. Most of the banned have only themselves to blame, getting kicked off for arguing with or insulting a mod via PM – bad move.
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However a lot of threads seem to head into those regions lately…
It seems to be cyclical – but again, it seems to have always been that way.

As noted, perhaps you could cite some examples of more civil discourse, say, two years ago, compared to objectionable recent offerings.
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It really does take a gun to Davey's head just to get him to post...

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