I know there have been some changes made to the FOG recently to reduce the (already small) incidences of bad language, however I have noticed that it seems to be a bit overzealous.
Now, I realise and appreciate that the concept of 'bad language' is subjective...
And this is exactly the problem. Words that might be common usage to one person or group of people, for example those who work on a building site or in the Armed Forces, may well be extremely offensive to others.
The members of this forum come from all walks in life - they are young and old, male and female, come from dozens of countries, and have many religions and beliefs. It is therefore essential that language is kept moderate.
or is this another case of two countries separated by a common language?
Not just two countries! We have members from all over the world - UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, USA, Canada, Japan, and so on and so on. And many of them have to cope with reading this forum in their non-native language.
Just in case you think it's an American thing to be all "prissy", then out of the Shane, Peter and myself, I am probably the one who comes down heaviest on bad language and rudeness.
It seems a good time to repeat some paragraphs from the General Forum Guidelines for All Members
in case they have been forgotten...
Be nice, or don't post.
This forum is meant to be a valuable source of information. We really pride ourselves on being a friendly forum and we take it very seriously. We do not tolerate rudeness. If you have something rude to say - do it in a personal message (PM). If you don't like what you read, the best choice is not to respond at all to avoid conflict. Any member who is intentionally disruptive or violating this rule will be subject to posting probation or banning.No political, religious, sexual or racial discussions.
We try to promote a community atmosphere here at the FOG and allowing such volatile topics simply creates conflict. Therefore, we do not allow threads that are specifically about religion, sexual in nature, politics or race. If you wish to discuss these topics, please find a forum that is more open to these subjects. This is a power tool forum, so please stay on topic.No typing around the word filter.
You may not post words or URLs that are censored by the website. This includes adding spaces, dots, or substituting any other characters that are intended to defeat the censors in place by the FOG forum.Keep it clean.
Please remember that this forum caters to a general audience and we have members of all types. Posting offensive material including, but not limited to, text, images, and links will not be tolerated by the FOG. No use of explicit, obscene or otherwise vulgar language, images or messages including innuendo.
In summary, if a member thinks that a word might possibly be considered bad language to someone else, then find another word! Simple.