Comet wrote:Awesome debate - racism vs censorship!....
No. The issue is hate speech and the chilling effect it has on active forum participation. Racism and censorship are not even issues here. Forum participation has declined dramatically over the past years and I personally know many of the pilots who have either exited or just avoid this place. These are more knowledgeable and interesting posters than I am and their absence combined with the abstinence of those who are reluctant to post in the first place has really deadened the environment.
Even before the proverbial other shoe dropped on Tommy, there had been too much personal harassment and bullying (yes, bullying) going on around here. There is no shortage of overinflated egos in this sport and along with that goes harassment or bullying of those who don't kowtow and kiss their Papal rings. I see this in LZs too. It's real and not virtual.
None of the ego thing has anything to do with Tommy but the thing in common is that it's putting a big chill on participation. The same of course goes for trolls and any other provocateurs.There is no need to be politically correct and I for one find PC both repulsive and phony. You don't even have to be nice. Just don't stifle others is all unless they are being a troll or it's just plain warranted.
Hate speech simply needs to be removed. It doesn't take long for the author to get the message if his posts disappear but sg is too busy with other things to play moderator or Den Mother. Peer pressure has not been used by the community and there are no guest moderators as other forums have.
Anyhow, I enjoy your posts and your sense of humor. I'd hate to see you leave. I don't use the ignore button on anyone. If I see a soar8hours post I just skip to something else. Sadly, it's far less work to ban somebody than it is to keep locking threads or deleting posts.