Profane-laced personal attacks on ET

Discussion in 'Politics' started by hapaboy, Mar 10, 2003.

  1. From ET's Terms of Service:

    You agree you are and shall remain solely responsible for the contents of any submissions you make, and you will not submit material that is unlawful, defamatory, abusive or obscene.

    And from the Help page:

    Certain words may have been censored by the administrator. If your posts contain any censored words, they will be blanked-out like this: ****.

    The same words are censored for all users, and censoring is done by a computer simply searching and replacing words. It is in no way 'intelligent'.

    Why is it that ET allows so many profane-laced personal attacks which are in violation of the Terms of Service?

    Furthermore, why is it that so many obscenities are not censored?

    It is one thing to disagree with someone's opinion and to ridicule that person. In the often highly-charged Chit Chat threads, it is only natural that there are going to be a lot of differing opinions and mud flying.

    It is an entirely different thing to insult another person with obscenities, i.e. calling him or her a "f*****g" whatever.

    Shouldn't the moderators be A) Censoring or editing the obscenities, and B) Doing something against the offenders?

    ET should have some decorum rules that punish the use of obscenities when used in a personal attack. Perhaps suspend a user's account for a few days or something.

    All of us frequent ET because it is a terrific site for exchanging ideas about trading and as a social forum. We should at the least be able to conduct ourselves in a manner free from obscenity-laced tirades against people with opinions different from our own.
  2. Censorship sucks, and personal attacks are fucking entertaining.

    The only instance where I could desire censorship, is when spammers try to freeroll advertise here.

    There was a poll here on this issue a few months back, and I assure you that my opinion is in the majority.
  3. They are entertaining, but obscenities don't have to be thrown into the mix.

    Besides, insulting someone via obscenities is kind of a cop-out; anyone can throw in profanity, but it takes creativity to insult someone without it.
  4. Hapaboy,

    I'm just guessing...but I think ET's Terms Of Use is very old and needs to be updated or the section called FEEDBACK AND SUBMISSIONS

    It clearly allows defamatory, abusive or obscene message posts.

    In fact, I've seen threads go for many pages with such style...including having a moderator join in with comments like...please keep this thread on topic...then the thread goes on for many more pages with defamatory, abusive or obscene message posts...before any action is taken.

    My point about the above...why does it needs to go on for awhile...why not stop it after the first like send a clear message...this isn't tolerated...

    Here's a person's story...a good friend of mine works for Yahoo!...and I once asked her why does Yahoo! allow posters to be so defamatory, abusive or obscene in their clear violation of their TOS...doesn't that scare away advertising dollars?

    Her reply was basically this: We make a strong effort to protect the rights of posters....regardless what's being said. If they start removing members for defamatory, abusive or obscene message posts...they risk losing advertising dollars because they wouldn't have as many members.

    She even brought the fact how they fought very hard to keep the ADULT eGroups where porn was freely shared until they received too much pressure from organizations with deep pockets and good legal connections...

    then when those groups were removed...Yahoo! simply started allowing porn to be sold at Yahoo! stores...

    the same organizations complained and eventually won...


    She even told me they usually receive very little complaints...

    I responded and showed her the webpages of about a dozen organizations (that advertise at their website) with petitions about the porn...

    My friend with a cool like smile said this...well...we have a lot more advertisers than that and those companies only represent a small portion.

    I then showed her a poster that had been posting for several weeks using defamatory, abusive or obscene language towards women, hispanics, blacks and gays...I even took her too posts with the "N" word.

    Once friend with a cool like smile said this...if someone would simply report this violation of TOS to Yahoo!...they wouldn't hesitate to remove the user.

    I showed her my email complaints about that poster I sent...along with those generic auto replies that Yahoo! sends in response after you use that "Report Abuse" menu.

    I even told her I called directly into Yahoo!...took names...and reported the abuse.

    Her response...this poster has rights.

    My response...what about your TOS?

    Her response...well...if we really enforced that...we'll be in worst financial situation

    I took that statement as a connection to advertising dollars and the number of Yahoo! users.

    I was stunned

    Here's the funny part about that abusive poster...

    he/she made a comment to another poster that was very deflamatory...

    that particular poster said she was a lawyer and would put a stop to it and said it won't be via the "Report Abuse" email.

    The very next day in the evening...the poster with the bad behaviour...all of his/hers posts were deleted along with the Yahoo ID.

    I guess litigation talks in that particular case.

    Since that discussion with my friend...I only use Yahoo! to check my email...I refuse to go into any Yahoo! message boards anymore and soon I will delete my Yahoo! email address.

    Then I told her about all the SPAM I get...

    she the THIS IS SPAM in the email.

    I said...sure...but to do must open the email :cool:

    In other words...if the spammer is using a beacon...many do these days...if I open that email so I can click the This Is also lets the spammer know its a valid email address...

    if I simple delete the email...I still get the spam...a no win situation for me but a win win situation for the spammer.

    She went on to say...if we police every bad user...we wouldn't have that many users and we'll have more complaints about censorship...and less advertising dollars...besides...I don't make the decisions about how to enforce the TOS...I simply give feedback about how to bring in more money from the advertisers

    I told's my feedback...the company you work for...SUCKS...and your advertisers will NEVER get one penny from me and I seriously doubt they would have gotten one penny from the guy with all the deflamatory, obscene and abusive comments...nor from the lawyer that said enough is enough...because everybody is angry.

    Note: ET is a much better posting environment than Yahoo! and I was not making any suggestions that ET is a Yahoo!...

    I was simply trying to draw some conclusions from my experience with a friend that works at the portal giant called Yahoo! about the impact of TOS on advertising dollars.

    Also...suspending or deleting problem ET posters doesn't work.

    They simply get a new email address (I'm not talking about a Yahoo! nor Hotmail address that's supposibly no longer allowed here at ET) with an ISP that freely allows their clients to change their email address to a new name anytime.

    My ISP at videotron does such...I get a couple of email addresses and can freely change them anytime.

    Thus, if I was a bad boy here at ET...with the email adress and Barron bans me for bad behaviour via my email address...

    I call my ISP and change my email address to and I'm sure I can register at ET and be a bad boy all over again.

    Note: I apologize for certain words above...they in no way indicate anything about me :cool:

    Thus, banning email addresses won't work either.

    There has been past threads started about this particular card vailidation...$1 dollar registration ignore menu that not only allows you not to see the message post but that actually allows you not to see the user name as if it was never there...brand the user name via putting certain words under their names...

    maybe the $1 fee is a good one in my opinion along with showing IP addresses with every message posts...

    ET can make some money and at least have proof to show their advertisers that we are willing to pay to be here...along with helping to limit multiple aliases.

    This would obviously reduce the numbers of new members...but surely after 15k users...ET shouldn't be worry about charging new comers a $1 fee while allowing current members to use ET without the fee... the future...if your account gets closed and you rejoin to cause more's going to cost you and ET knows who you really are...

    unless its a stolen credit card :cool:

    P.S. There's an old saying...if we don't like it here...we can always leave.

    So far I still like it here and have made 2 good drinking buddies.

  5. NihibaAshi,

    Very interesting! Thanks for posting that.

    I wonder if Baron or his moderators will respond at all.

    I too would gladly subscribe to ET if it meant a more organized and less profane-laced experience.

    No way will I leave. As I've said, I really enjoy this site, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let a couple of foul-mouthed buffoons drive me away.

    If you're free to cuss someone out on ET, I wish Baron and Co. would just let it be known rather than have a Terms Of Service that is toothless. TOS = mini-version of UN resolution 1441!

    Peace to ya. :)
  6. NihabaAshi

    You say "It clearly allows defamatory, abusive or obscene message posts."

    Correct me if I am wrong but didn't you mean to say "It clearly does NOT allow etc ...." ?

    The second Line in Feedback and Submissions clearly says ".....and you will not submit material that is unlawful, defamatory, abusive or obscene."

    BTW charging even a small fee will defeat the purpose of attracting as many visitors as possible so the owner of a website's interests will clash with the interest of the majority of visitors.

    The one and only sure fire solution I see is to do what the solicitor apparently did (sending a letter on a solicitors' letterhead
    informing the owner that court action is pending.

    Owners are often a funny kind of person in that they are very shortsighted as the final outcome of disregarding complaints will eventually lead to either that their website will degenerate and collapse by the loss of visitors or else the definite risk of getting involved in court action.

    That latter bit may appear to be so time consuming and costly that the owner may eventually see the light and pull his fingers out.

    I agree that just complaining the usual way is unlikely to produce the desired result.

    The main problem is that most of us see the website owner as a nice altruistic person when in reality running a website is a business and money at any costs (and f$&k the customer) is often the objective.

    The other way is to somehow wrangle the offender's address out of him/her and pay a personal visit. (anyone needing some ideas as to how to extract the address feel free to contact me).

  7. freealways,

    Thanks...what I initially said does seem incorrect...

    Your absolutely correct...ET Terms of Use Does Not allow...etc

    What I meant by using the what actually does happen which is in contradiction to the TOU.

    I also agree with the remainder of your post.

    It's a difficult solution and I'm sure...hopefully one that Barron has given it some extensive thought into coming up with a solution.

    Then again...I'm sure when the economy improves and the markets improves for all and its easy money again for everybody...

    ET character will improve again... could be a long time before that happens.

    Unhappy traders don't always make good posters...just my guess.

    Maybe LongShot is right...

    we should quit whining.

    However...I'm glad Hapaboy brought this issue back to surface.

    Update: Someone sent me an email about how to report This Is Spam without opening that particular email at Yahoo! in my inbox...

    Go into the menu that saids Mark As Unread...then scroll down and highlight This Is Spam...then click the OK button.

  8. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    I find most of the nasty stuff gets deleted pretty quickly.
    I just ignore button people who are crude.
    Usually they have nothing to say, so I am not missing anything in their posts.
  9. msfe


    OPTIONAL777 (Mar 10, 2003 11:10:38 AM)
    doesn't your wife give you head while you are sleeping?

    marketsurfer (Mar 10, 2003 11:10:48 AM)
    all the time, 777

    LongShot (Mar 10, 2003 11:11:11 AM)
    how would you're sleeping

    nitro (Mar 10, 2003 11:11:11 AM)
    U R lucky

    OPTIONAL777 (Mar 10, 2003 11:11:21 AM)
    nocturnal feeding

    PuffyGums (Mar 10, 2003 11:11:21 AM)
    You don't get this kinda chat in those other rooms.

    OPTIONAL777 (Mar 10, 2003 11:11:57 AM)
    is there a better way to wake up than to have your dick in a woman's mouth?
  10. I agree, man. :cool:

    #10     Mar 10, 2003