Thanks for responding, Roger.
>Yes, I agree that these comments are a bit extreme.
>However, I am left asking myself whether it is better to play the Police State and censor them, or to let them stand so that others can decide that they do not want to follow that sort of extremist language?
I appreciate your measured approach. The potential of human interaction, real or virtual, is a wide one, and it's inspiring to witness a sincere and successful effort to keep a dynamic on track. But the interaction does not always stabilize or spiral upwards.
In those situations, a hand on the shoulder, or a few well chosen words by a skilled policeman/woman, can have a strong influence on individual and group action.
In your response "a bit extreme" and "extremist" were used to describe the comments and/or language. My description read "at least potions" of the posts. At most, we are speaking of degrees of difference in our interpretations.
>I agree, but how do we set a 'community standard'? Does reading these sort of comments make YOU decide for yourself to set a higher standard for yourself? Ultimately, it is up to each individual to set a personal example of good behaviour.
The "community standard" of the BPL forums has been established over the years of its operation. The standard is well known and understood, at least intuitively, by all long term participants, and is often the subject of comment. Is the standard static? Clearly not.
>Does reading these sort of comments make YOU decide for yourself to set a higher standard for yourself?
Yes. Reading these sorts of comments and seeing the negative effect that they sometimes have on subsequent comments, reminds me of the importance of measured words.
>Ultimately, it is up to each individual to set a personal example of good behaviour.
Yes, and some are reluctant to accept that responsibility. At those moments, Officer, it may be time to pin on the badge, read the environment, consult your contextual history, consult your conscious, and measure those tic marks between "a bit extreme" and "extremist".
Good Luck and Thanks!