Originally posted by Jason Menard:
The first post in the thread was an obvious play on the classic "Who's On First" comedy routine, and not really making any political statements. The moderators discussed it and let it stay. Your posts did not pass moderator scrutiny, so they were removed.
The general rule is that overt political statements are removed. That includes jokes that contain overt political statements. How this is interpreted is left up to each moderator.
While I hope we can get back to the point where Paul allows MD to contain interesting discussion again, which included some controversial and political content, from where I'm sitting from that seems unlikely until people learn to address the subjects dispassionately and without causing offense. Overt political statements ridiculing people certainly are likely to cause offense. With that said, the barometer is whether or not the moderators feel something is likely to cause offense, not necessarily whether or not any particular user feels this may be the case. We simply can't please all the people all of the time.
Originally posted by Marilyn de Queiroz:
I think that religious threads fall into the same catagory. Overt religious statements ridiculing people or their beliefs certainly are likely to cause offense.
We are trying to allow some discussion of subjects which are not totally banal, but the best measure is: "Is it drivel?". Anything that is not drivel is subject to possible deletion.
As Jason mentioned, after some discussion the moderators decided that the joke in question was drivel. Of course, comments following the original post may turn it into something more serious, in which case the thread would stand a good chance of being deleted.
Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
I personally found the thread insulting since it makes our president
appear inept. Yet this thread has been allowed to remain intact. Why
is that the case?
I then posted a message that contained the "George" name ONCE. To my disbelief, this post was purged within seconds. Yet the original thread has been allowed to remain active. Why is this the case?