My $0.02 (with apologies to Gus)
I don’t think anyone wants to see this turn into a “Boy Scout” board. I mean, after all, our fearless leader Cecil is the eptiome, nay, the paradigm itself of tact and good grace. But, as I had written elsewhere, sometimes it’s best to leave the invective to the professionals.
That being said, overuse of certain profanities can mean death to a well-run board. Someone once said that use of profanities tends to indicate a failure of communication skills and tend to be used when one has run out of argument. I think it may have been my old Sunday School teacher who said that, but never you mind that. On the other hand, they can also add pepper to a post. But too much pepper can ruin the soup, as they say. Especially a nice onion soup, with melted cheese on top. Nice toasted bread crust. There was this great restaurant in Braintree that used to make this great onion soup …
Somebody stop me before I wax senile.
Suffice it to say, that we have had discussion about this and have decided that these things should be handled on a case by case basis. If words are used judiciously, we probably won’t give it a second thought. When things degenerate to the “fuck you” stage is when we’ll probably step in to put a stop to it.