I on the other hand do 100% understand the moderation. It is a slur.
However, I would recommend leniency because Ronald Raygun had just used the term. I think septimus was likely copying that usage, assuming it was acceptable because the trans person in the thread had already used it.
I mean, he directly copied even RR’s unusual spelling. I don’t think someone who knew they were using the slur would have done that.
I’m not saying it shouldn’t have been moderated. But, if the Warning was based on assuming it was intentional, that maybe strongly worded Note would be sufficient.
If it’s a zero-tolerance policy, then fine. I don’t object to that. I just don’t think that septimus was trying to make a bigoted comment. At the very least, maybe a more thorough explanation for the problems with that word would be warranted.
What has board policy been on this type of word in the past? Online, we don’t really know who anyone is. Do we follow the irl rule? It seems to open up the possibility of a troll claiming to be (say) a black person in order to throw the n- word around. And even if someone is really a black person, how would someone new to the board know that? They will just see someone using the n- word and wonder wtf this place is.
I seem to recall someone recently banned for calling Michelle Obama that. Kind of hard to search for other uses, though, given that a search seems to show more than a thousand uses (the limit of the search engine) where most of them are talking about vehicle transmissions (with the “tranny” spelling, not the “trannie” used by Ronald Raygun and septimus.)
I am quite confused; I figured it was “I supported SenorBeef in that thread, so I submit to having my balls licked also. Send a gorgeous lesbian please. Airfare not included.” that drew the note and not the use of the word trannie.
Sorry for not getting to this thread earlier. I saw it last night, shortly before I accidentally knelt on my glasses, which made me pretty much useless until I got to an optometrist this morning.
So. The warning was for the use of the word “tranny,” which is considered a slur by most trans people. Context does matter in these sorts of cases: a transwoman using it self-referentially is different from a cis person using it to argue that trans rights are unimportant or not worth fighting for. Coupled with the disgusting “send a lesbian to lick me,” opening, and the post read as strongly homophobic to me, and the use of “tranny” in that context seemed much more of an intentional jab.
However, I’ve since read septimus’ posts arguing that he was unaware of the implications of the term and was using it in ignorance, not malice. Considering what I’ve seen of his other posts, this seems credible to me, and so I’m rescinding the warning.