In response to Teakus' comment:
I personally think banning should be an extremely rare occurrence , reserved for such egregious acts such as severe spamming, violations of the law, EXTREME and sustained verbal abuse, etc. The banning of posters because folks might disagree with their views is simply wrong and should be condemned. Requiring conformity in speech is about as despotic as it gets, and I for one stand with the many dissidents around the world who suffer daily because they dared to speak their minds. If the views expressed here are weak, lacking in corroboration or substance, etc. The Nation will resoundingly point this out. It's what makes a great board...err...great! I'm also not a fan of post removals, unless to move to an existing thread to help with clutter, unless it is an extreme violation of the TOS. I'm also a HUGE fan of allowing off topic posts, as long as they are identified as such, and they are otherwise acceptably presented. Some of our greatest threads ever were based on off topic posts. I view this site as a big old kitchen table where the Red Sox Nation family can come to discuss things. If an alien from outer space lands on the White House lawn next week, why shouldn't we be able to discuss it here among our family? Some here post ONLY on this forum, and for some this is their primary social outlet. We have a variety of disabled folks here and this site gives them great joy. I say let them occasionally tell us all that their beloved pet passed, or that they found an awesome new way to smoke brisket on the grill, or that the doctor told them they have cancer and they're scared. Again, the thread should be clearly identified as off topic such as: **OFF TOPIC** "My cat fluffy just died today...." Then folks who never want to read an off topic post won't be bothered, but those who choose to can offer support. Just something to consider, I think it's something that would help to drive traffic and improve satisfaction with the board.
I really liked the tone of this thread and the respectful way input was solicited. Guests who come here have many options available to them, and it's nice to see a Mod making them
I agree with much of this. OVER-censorship, especially when it is colored by unavoidable bias is a very dangerous thing, I.e. the IRS targeting speech already deemed constitutional by the Supreme court.
When the targeting goes your way, it's all good. When change inevitably comes in any forum administration, and the targeting goes the other way, suddenly it doesn't seem quite so innocuous?
Another example.... I was at a school where a certain group was obviously favored by the principal. Others suffered obvious and undue scrutiny. Strangely enough, when the principal changed, so did the tables. As is often the case, the chosen ones were pretty harshly put in their places, and subsequently had to endure some some pretty unfair scrutiny.
Generally speaking, what goes around comes around.
Time to ratchet it back to a 4. Don't let billy go off on political tangents, but conversely, don't buy into those don quixote types who tilt at every political windmill in his every comnent!
PIKE???? Zero tolerance!!!!!! He is just a 24/7 nuisance!!!!!!!!! ZERO TOLLERANCE!!!!