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by Olivier
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: poll: the holidays
Replies: 3
Views: 2174

Re: poll: the holidays

Nope. They're a lot of work, as it's summer here and our kids have 6 weeks off school, but they're fun. Last night, we went to our local Carols by Candlelight, and sung carols and watched fireworks over the river, and even an atheist I can't help but enjoy the ritual of it all. Celebrating good will...
by Olivier
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: Show off your creative projects
Replies: 7
Views: 3989

Re: Show off your creative projects

You should be proud, Nancy, that's lovely. Funnily enough my wife decided she'd teach herself to draw/paint birds this week. Hers aren't quite that good yet ;) Most of my creative projects involve building our house and landscaping our garden, and I'm not inclined to post pictures of either online, ...
by Olivier
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: poll: an irremediable world
Replies: 30
Views: 13484

Re: poll: an irremediable world

I find the world imperfect, but do not see this as a reason for nihilism or despair. Not seeing everything in black and white allows me to strive to improve the world even while thinking it's quite good already. We'll never make it to 100%, but that doesn't make what we have worthless, nor efforts t...
by Olivier
Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: the current effort to destroy Apositive
Replies: 10
Views: 7002

Re: the current effort to destroy Apositive

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by Olivier
Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

Thanks, Nancy. I did notice the f-filter was gone (for me anyway, I have always had it turned off in my profile). I really do think that letting people decide for themselves (and defaulting guests to "filtered") is the best solution, given that the software is capable of that. Since it's a...
by Olivier
Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:37 am
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: It's Nancy's birthday today!
Replies: 7
Views: 3011

Re: It's Nancy's birthday today!

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Happy birthday, Nancy.
by Olivier
Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:29 am
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

Michael, before I respond more fully to your post, I'd like you to be specific if you're including me as one of the people you're making these allegations against.
by Olivier
Fri Dec 09, 2011 3:34 am
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

I'm just taking a break.
by Olivier
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:38 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

As I said, Kæth, that's fine by me, I can express myself without it just fine. But the reason the word "censorship" has been bandied about is because the certain posts, which were posted in accordance with the prevailing standards, were redacted by the filter. That is, they were published ...
by Olivier
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

I'm sorry you feel that way, Nancy, truly :(
by Olivier
Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:23 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

Let's use your example, Olivier. Now, what do you think would happen if you opened a real life club (the Asexuality Institute, perhaps), and hosted a diverse bunch of people from all around the world for panel sessions to discuss aspects of human sexuality, but then new managers banned any derivati...
by Olivier
Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

(Aside: how did the f-word in Olivier's last post not get filtered? Is it because there are inverted commas either side?) Oliver used a rather clever (albeit time consuming trick): It's not that time consuming. ;) And I wasn't trying to be provocative, I simply got very slightly annoyed with the in...
by Olivier
Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:13 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

It is censorship. People's posts have been altered from what they've written, with any word containing "f u ck" removed and "[expletive deleted]" put in its place. What exactly should one call that, but censorship? Nancy's made several sweeping generalisations about the use of th...
by Olivier
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: computer vacation
Replies: 6
Views: 4025

Re: computer vacation

I never travel with them, and I don't have a mobile phone, so when I'm away from home, I'm away from technology. I'm just back from three and a half days away without technology and I managed fine. As I live in a fairly isolated location, I don't really take technology-free breaks at home, as the in...
by Olivier
Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

It is easier to prevent a message board from being cluttered up with profanity than it is to go back, after the fact, and try to clean it up. Verbal swearing is one thing, but when it is in print it becomes a permanent comment on the quality and standards of whatever publication it is associated wi...
by Olivier
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:31 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

As an aside, our kids are always finding ways to stall at bedtime to avoid going to sleep. Getting annoyed by this ridiculous new policy here was the straw that finally broke the camel's back to convince me that it was time I read "Go the F*ck to Sleep" to them. For those that aren't aware...
by Olivier
Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

Olivier, your objections are noted, as is the fact that all of the examples which you quoted date back to when the site was under different ownership, as is the fact that all of those posts could have been worded in other ways without losing any of their meaning. While those posts could have been w...
by Olivier
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

As you can see from my list, I don't think the recent unpleasantness contained any of the banned words. Ironically, the posts that have been mangled are for the most part serious (yet casual) discussions of the dynamics of sex and sexuality, including some threads which, as resources, I think are wa...
by Olivier
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

Well Nancy, I think the decision to enforce a filter is itself immature. This board, as it stood, has a voluntary filter for those who find that simple words have extraordinary power over their mood. But that's not my objection. My objection is that you're solving a problem that doesn't, to my mind,...
by Olivier
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: Feedback
Topic: we have expletive deleted?
Replies: 66
Views: 30383

Re: we have expletive deleted?

In the User Control Panel > Board Preferences tab > Display options, there's an option to bowlderise posts. I have the filter switched off, but your "f u c k"s are still showing up as "expletive deleted"s regardless. Maybe you need to switch it off on your end, too. Edit: nope, i...
by Olivier
Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: Asexuality
Topic: Common occurance amongst asexuals.
Replies: 19
Views: 9893

Re: Common occurance amongst asexuals.

I think you would have to look incredibly hard and almost harder than the states looking for wmd's before you would find anyone saying demis/semis/ greys are not welcome in asexuality..to be honest I've never seen it I never said they weren't. In fact, I gave reasons why it's inevitable that they a...
by Olivier
Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: back to the 1970s--or still in the 1970s
Replies: 5
Views: 2105

Re: back to the 1970s--or still in the 1970s

I don't think anyone has called you "dangerous", michael, only unpleasant company. This is yet another example where you're demonstrating only the latter, not the former, by making false accusations about the people you share this space with.
by Olivier
Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Asexuality
Topic: Common occurance amongst asexuals.
Replies: 19
Views: 9893

Re: Common occurance amongst asexuals.

The definition of asexuality, in all the asexual spaces being discussed, is not experiencing sexual attraction. I don't see that being watered down, and it's remained the same at AVEN for the entire decade of AVEN's existence. There are people - greys, demis and what have you - who experience sexual...
by Olivier
Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Community & Public Visibility
Topic: my message to the activists
Replies: 19
Views: 8652

Re: my message to the activists

Nancy, agreed on all points (including the Doobies - your memory is correct), with one rider. Activists, in my experience, are not just those who feel slighted aiming to solve their own problems. Most are, but quite a sizeable number simply want change for the better, whether they are direct benefic...
by Olivier
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:39 am
Forum: Community & Public Visibility
Topic: visibility for vanilla asexuals
Replies: 30
Views: 13169

Re: visibility for vanilla asexuals

Funnily enough, I'm straight, white, and male, and I can discuss homosexuality without being called homophobic, can discuss race with out being called racist, can describe feminism without being called a sexist pig. I know I'm not alone in that, either. Don't be so sure it's who you are; it might - ...
by Olivier
Sat Nov 26, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: ceremonial occultism
Replies: 20
Views: 7352

Re: ceremonial occultism

I didn't mean to misrepresent you, flergalwit. As I said, my dislike of that objection is a general one, not something particular from your post - which for the most part I agree with. I just think that "feminism" the word is just a hangover from the early days of the movement when gross i...
by Olivier
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Asexuality
Topic: Common occurance amongst asexuals.
Replies: 19
Views: 9893

Re: Common occurance amongst asexuals.

Excluding people who regularly experience sexual attraction should stop the definition including the whole planet. Excluding those who identify as asexual but whom you deem not "true asexuals" is just elitism, dressed up as concern.
by Olivier
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Community & Public Visibility
Topic: my message to the activists
Replies: 19
Views: 8652

Re: my message to the activists

PiF wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSNuIzw9VfU

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by Olivier
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:30 pm
Forum: Asexuality
Topic: Are David Jay and the activists doing more harm than good?
Replies: 36
Views: 13565

Re: Are David Jay and the activists doing more harm than good?

Perhaps relevant: The "Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras", one of the world's largest pride marches, is no more. From next year, the march will simply be known as the "Sydney Mardi Gras", because the organisers have said that they want to promote the fact that idea that tolerance...
by Olivier
Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussions and Fun
Topic: ceremonial occultism
Replies: 20
Views: 7352

Re: ceremonial occultism

:roll: I would have thought Apositive could do better discussing feminism than erecting highly caricatured straw feminists and swing at them. Complaining about "feminism" being a girly name for a movement that promotes men's rights as well is one of my pet hates. My personal rights as a ma...