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I'm bit confused here 'cos one of my posts magically managed to sync with the debate in this thread.
I dunno which came first, whether the chicken or the egg, 'cos I haven't been paying lot of attention lately.

I posted a joke about the philosopher Emmanuel Kant by posting the youtube pronunciation aid video for his name in German, 'cos I found it bit interesting while reading his writings yesterday. I generally like the idea of pronouncing non English names or words in the form of the original language, rather than anglicized version of it, but then the thought has crossed my mind the universally popular name of the philosopher's name would have trouble in the English spoken world if it's pronounced in it's native form. I found it hilarious to start with, hence the reason for the post.
How it managed to sync with Troy's above mentioned post is something only C. J. Jung can explain with his metaphysical theories of collective unconscious.:)headwall:, sooree, no offence to Jungian shrinks ;) )

C word is an interesting swear word 'cos unlike many other versions of English around the world, I grew up hearing it being used among some sub cultures and localities as an affectionate word among friends to call each other at times in jovial terms. I dunno whether that is the case in every nook & cranny of the country, but around here around the areas I grew up it has been. So, personally, I don't find it any more offensive than the D words, A words etc etc when used in non targeted non offensive sense without adding offensive adjectives to it, but I do understand this forum is global and the C word carries a higher degree of offence in North America and it may not be appropriate to use it casually even in humorous terms due to cultural sensitivity.

PC folks may want to ascribe a special sensitivity to the C word 'cos it refers to the woman's outer genitals where the babies are also produced from, but in reality our screwed up culture managed to ascribe heightened sensitivity to it while treating women as child bearers, sex slaves and cleaners for centuries. Now, since we are in the age of emancipation for everybody including women(apparently), the C word shouldn't be considered in it's highly offensive form it was considered historically(in an ideal world), but we are.

What if I'm to suggest the mods for the sake of consistency you treat the D words, F words and plethora of other swear words the same manner? Because, after all, this is a global forum & we need to show the 4WD folks in the rest of the world that we Aussies can behave ourselves when it's necessary to do so.

Personally, I think we should pronounce names like Kant in it's original form so the stupid offence attached to the damn C word by men(women didn't do that, I afraid) can and will lose it's grunt in no time.
Besides, if my name is Kant, I sure want it pronounced in it's original form or if that's an issue I would simply change the damn name for the sake of assimilation for my own benefit.

Sorry, to get into this silly PC debate, but I think Troy could've been informed via a PM and his 'blatantly offensive' very common English word(that is invented my men, not women) transgression could've simply deleted for the sake of multinational civility, and this thread could've been avoided for the sake of not having unnecessary drama(unless you've been bit short of dramas here lately and needed a one, of course).

However, if this hasn't been once off incident and too many members have been using the C word fair bit lately, then ignore my lengthy whinge above and below.

As for deletion of my good humoured post which should not have offended anybody unless this country and the rest of multinational, multicultural world has gone into PC overload, I must protest(Like anybody cares about my protest, right? :) ). But, I understand I mistimed it entirely, which is no fault of mine. I am no C.J. Jung to metaphysically predict what's coming to me. :)

PC may be necessary for our increasingly political and overcrowded world for the sake of keeping few things civil, but my dear mod folks here, lets not take it to the level of silliness 'cos I can most certainly post a poem from a most distinguished poets of this country with C word clearly spelled to raise some awareness about the language and it's usage.
C word isn't the problem folks. It is entirely appropriate to use it in appropriate circumstances, and sure, a public global forum may not be one of those places, but that goes for the D word, F word, S words, etc etc as well.
So, lets try not to be hypocrites(as much as we can, of course)

Ah..BTW, as a mutilingual linguistics aficionado, I can assure you English isn't the only language the C word is used both offensively and affectionately depending on the circumstances. It is fairly common in many Indo-Aryan languages.
 

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I do understand this is no democracy and the forum is a private entity at the end of the day.
Actually, you may be surprised at how wrong this statement is.
You may not realise but nearly all changes to this forum that concern us are put out for public opinion before anything is done about it.

If not public, it is discussed in the secret turtle lair, where I think there is more than enough differing opinion between mods/admins to reach a sensible outcome.
You don't have to look far to see there is a massive difference in background, ages, skill sets and opinions between said mod/admins that 95% of this forum would be well represented in thier demographic and opinion.

Our surpreme overloads don't give a crap about the forum so long as it runs and has enough guest flow through to make money from the advertising.

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Dom, we did what we did and that is now the end of it, you know how it stands, we really don't care whether you are offended by the use of certain words or not, the majority are and as said there are no excuses for not knowing the rules, these are not new rules they are rules that have been in existence for a very long time but maybe not expressed explicitly enough for some. I have a list of all the banned members going back to the beginning and there are many who have suffered the fate for language, porn and abuse.

When we as mods/admin read something we are not just reading it through our eye's we are reading it through the eye's of potentially many.

This has nothing to do with PC so get that right out of your head, it is all about respect and our future as a relevant forum attracting new people and keeping them. Sounds like you didn't actually read the original post in this thread. What GUEY has said is absolutely true and I also said this in my original piece, there is more discussion in the background about happenings than any of you realise. Canada doesn't run this forum, we do, I am often in conversation with them, they maintain it and keep it running for us and as long as we do a reasonable job on that front they leave us alone and that was a part of the original deal, which was suppose to run for 3 years but they are still leaving us alone.

Again, as said earlier, and just for you I'll quote another famous philosopher who once said 'engage brain before opening mouth'. Now can we move on? Because your whinging will change nothing.
 

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However, mods seem to have increased the moderation level significantly lately 'cos I've been noticing a diehard insistence on sticking to topics as well.
Seeing as you have raised this point I'll deal with it here, we know you have received warnings about this in the past from at least one other mod (yes we do talk in the background), there is nothing more annoying for the majority of members to read a statement or question that has been put up by a member and then to see that conversation take a tangent to something the topic was not about, it makes it so difficult to read and follow and it is disrespectful of the OP.

This is called Hijacking and it is not a new rule but it is something that has crept back in causing us to apply the brakes every now and then to remind some that what they are doing is not acceptable. As you were told at the time, if a subject raises something in your mind that would take that thread on a tangent then start a thread on it, pretty simple mate.

EDIT: We have said enough, the rules are clear, if people abide by them they are fine, abuse them and they are gone, this thread is closed.
 
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