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Hi John, Wayne,

When I look at this image it brings to mind an issue that arises time and again in asynchronous discussion forums that I moderate or contribute to. Freedom of speech often leads to inappropriate speech in postings that are emotive, destructive and/or libellious.

What happens then is a detrimental effect on the community members who may either:

retaliate, over react, over condemn, or shy away

Ultimately it leads to some decision making about how the admin team should handle such wayward posters. So one thing needs to be clear about what we deem to be appropriate speech not just free speech.


CoachCarole (talk)01:55, 6 June 2008