This is not a complaint, but a discussion of board policy. I am a sometimes member of another board, and they just had a poster post a hate-filled, bigoted post which is being allowed to stand unchallenged, the poster unwarned. We have a rule here against posting hate speech, and I’m just curious as to why.
The United States government, as far as I can tell in a rudimentary Google search, is having a hell of a time figuring out what to do about hate speech, so how does the Straight Dope deal with this extremely slippery subject? How do you decide what is actually hate speech, and what is simply an unpleasant opinion? Do you use that oh-so-useful rule, “I know it when I see it?”