On 7-6-99 I wrote this:
I’m not issuing a complaint. Go back and read my OP if you re confused about that. I’m not insulted or offended by sexual language or situations either.
The whole point is this:
The TOS says this specifically:
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this BB to post any material which is:
knowingly false and/or defamatory,
invasive of a person’s privacy,
or otherwise violative of any law.
I certainly didn’t invent this. It’s there for anyone to read. I simply asked an honest question about #9. I could also make a strong case with plenty of examples of regular violations of numbers 1-6 as well.
There is no need for anyone to get so defensive, turning the tables toward me. If you can’t or won’t answer the question that I have posed then simply admit it.
I suspect that I already know the answer. It is this:
That the TOS are a joke. The TOS needs to be modified to remove items 1-6, and 9. Why? Because those items are not actionable violations (in practice), rather they are normal and accepted types of posts here on the SDMB.
That is all."
and on 7-17-99, CDEXThavn responded with this:
"You’re damn right the rules are fuzzy. That’s our stand; we’re trying to protect our ass(es), and we (advised by our lawyers) are the best judge of where that protection line should be drawn.
Does that mean that our stance is subjective? You bet. We are under no obligation to set objective standards. We are not a law court and not a government office, required to be fair and even-handed. We do our best to be fair and even-handed, but we make no pretense that we have (or want to have) firm definitions. We use a smell test – does it smell like it could cause problems? If yes, then we act. If no, then we don’t.
If you don’t like it, go find another site. The alt.fan.cecil-adams site, for instance, has no sponsors, as I understand it, so no modators and no rules. You’d be much happier there, I’m sure."
There you have it folks. I’ve already posted this once tonight and it’s been deleted. They don’t want you to know the truth out here. Their new motto should be “Covering up our mistakes since 1999. There’s a lot to do!”