On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 04:43, Bryen M. Yunashko <suserocks(a)bryen.com> wrote:
In the spirit of openness, I will state that my
preliminary (and I
emphasize "preliminary") is that such a statement is reprehensible. It
is something that I would never utter, and it is something that I agree
has no place in a forum such as ours. I have personally experienced
persecution at the hands of another religion in my childhood years and
therefore it is very personal to me when I see someone attacking a
relgion, whether it is my religion or someone else's religion.
But we must tread carefully to address the question of where is the line
drawn. Many of us express opinions about life in general in our
signature tags. And many of those opinions expressed are fairly harmless
and are not interpreted as offensive in any way. But at what point does
it cross the line? Some, like this one, are very clear, and others are
not so clear, and subject to interpretation.
Regulating taglines in such a way is not going to be as easy as one
might think and I want to see us come to a decision that is not viewed
as censorship but also ensures the safe and positive collaboration of
all participants in this project, across religious, political, cultural,
racial and gender divides. That is what we, the Board, will have to
Quite the proverbial slippery slope you're all teetering on here.
What about people who insist on posting scripture from the Christian
Bible as a signature in all their emails? I've seen cases of that
here on the oS mailing list over the years.. .including posts from
people who find such scripture offensive and are asking the originator
not to post scripture... they are of course usually ignored, and the
scripture is still used.
Do you say no signature tags at all? If you strip signature tags,
what about legal liability? Some companies insist on that multi
paragraph "if you read this email and it isn't for you, delete it now
or else" statement to protect themselves from lawyers whose sole
purpose in life is litigation against companies who don't have that
signature in all emails sent from their company email server.
Do you state that there should be no signatures that offend Islam?
What about ones that I've seen that are against the Jewish occupation
of Palestine? Are those OK? What about if someone uses quotes from
the Dali Lama? Do we allow that despite the fact that the Chinese
government gets rather hot and bothered about that man?
If someone has their email configured to pull a random quote from
fortune, will they be required to sanitize it before clicking send?
fortune has some quotes that someone somewhere will probably find
Do you see the point here? This is one of those damned if you do,
damned if you don't situations. I don't envy the decision that's been
forced upon the Board here... you cannot make the right decision. No
matter what the decision is, you'll be wrong in someone's eyes.
Censorship of any form is one of those things that is virtually
impossible to get right.
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