So why is the argument that the board is “specifically not child-centric or kid friendly” a relevant response to the OP? It’s completely beside the point, because the OP was never suggesting that the new forum be designed for children as participants; he was suggesting that there might be enough interest among the 13+ age group who are members of this board for a separate forum.
I disagree with him, but the SDMB’s child-friendliness, or otherwise, is completely irrelevant to the issue.
I’m guessing here, but I suspect it might be something to do with the idea that having a “Parenting” forum is going to encourage new members (after all, consider how many one-shot posters we get who sign up to make one post to old zombie threads) who might be of the “Fretful Mother” variety, completely freaking out that people are allowed to use Bad Words!!1! and talk about Things They Don’t Like.
In other words, they want it established that although people talk about parenting stuff here, this isn’t some Fluffy Bunny Happy Place where people only talk about G-rated stuff, I think.
Eh, maybe they could walk away with a life lesson. The fact that a bunch of us have foul mouths shouldn’t impact whether we can discuss parenting and such in a specific forum.
A: Can we have a forum to talk about parenting?
B: No, kids aren’t allowed to post here.
eta: For the record, I don’t think the forum is necessary but if it was added, I wouldn’t mind. I do, however, care about dumb explanations. It seems like the more honest, and correct, response would have been: No, we don’t want that, based on our personal preferences and our gauge of the community.
We’ve had complaints in the past that this website didn’t do enough to be “family friendly,” that we didn’t censor adult topics, that we weren’t more accommodating to younger people who wanted to be here.
We’ve always taken the view that this is an adult site with mature discussion. Doesn’t preclude family topics or parenting issues, but there’s no doubt other sites that are more disposed to this sort of thing and who do a better job than the Straight Dope. That’s appropriate to those other sites and maybe not so much to this site. Not anti- anything, just not focused so much on these topics.
Maybe you’re right, but if so, it’s a stupid concern.
The presence of a games forum hasn’t turned the SDMB into a gamer or sports-dominated board; the presence of the Barn House and the Chicago forums hasn’t turned the Dope into a specialized board about renovations or about Chicago. I see no reason to think that some other more specialized forum would transform the larger site. And if people join and then freak out about the adult conversations, they can either deal with it or move on, just like anyone else who joins and then finds that the place is not for them.
She wasn’t discussing the OP’s suggestion. She was replying to the “child friendly/unfriendly” subdiscussion. She had already directly addressed part of the OP’s suggestion in the FIRST REPLY MADE IN THE THREAD. She indirectly addressed the second part by not telling him that he was using the wrong approach. You can’t complain that he didn’t get a prompt, official answer.
I do remember that several people were quite upset that we allowed adult discussions on this message board, and wanted us to start moderating the board so that they could use it as a resource for kids. At least one of these people was a librarian, IIRC, and she was upset that we wouldn’t alter our board to suit her purposes. I remember being quite surprised that a librarian, of all people, was trying to get us to do this.
There are a lot of child or family friendly places on the internet. TSD isn’t one of them.
Bahhhh… at least elections are important. OTOH, discussions of vaginas plopping out still more useless biomass, replete with its shrill, annoying bleating and never-ending demands on our precious resources… Who the hell wants to talk about that? (Unless it is discussions of how to convince the selfish breeders to cease their irrational quests of gaining some fantasized immortality via their pissing/shitting/fatheaded and helpless crumb-crunchers who contribute nothing but the cluttering of our planet.)
If you really need to talk about your squirmy masses of waste, why don’t you just post on the message boards at:
Maybe out of context it would - but the phrase used was “Parenting and Kid Stuff” and the request was for 1 thread, so in order to conclude that it was a request for a thread where children could post, one would have to assume that either a) someone wanted to specifically create a thread where parents posted about parenting and kids posted about random kid stuff; or b) the posters are young children who want to discuss parenting. I think that assuming that it was request for a thread where parents could post about parenting and stuff related to kids would make Occam a lot happier.
Darth Panda, the context was the request for a forum to discuss “Parenting and Kid Stuff”. A forum is sufficiently broad enough to include threads on parenting and threads on “look at my cute kids” and threads where kids post. I think it thoroughly reasonable for someone to have read the proposal and thought the request was for a “kid friendly” forum where not only could parents talk about parenting, but kids could post. Note that I do not think that is what was requested, just something that someone might have thought was requested.
There’s also the assumption some people have that anywhere that is a forum for parenting discussions will be safe for G-rated parents. I think that was also affecting TubaDiva’s response.