And Midget is a medical term.
THEY ARE WORDS!
For example, 'That movie was so Alaska.'
Obviously, Alaska is my name. Alaska is a state. And now it is a word. This all depends on something called 'context'. I can differentiate between when someone is talking about me or the state. Now I'll be able to tell when someone is referring to me, the state, or this new word. Maybe if people who were concerned about the derogatory use of the word 'gay' could differentiate between different meanings, we would all be a little better off. Now obviously, someone can use the word gay in such a way that it IS derogatory and actually referring to people who are LGBT. However, for the most part, that is not the case. I'd also like to state that I support equal rights for anyone, no matter their race/religion/sexual orientation. Therefore, as a white person, I'd also like to let you know, you can all use the word 'Cracka' in my presence, as you're all my crackas.
Wow, that was long. This post is pretty Alaska.
^ I lol'd, then realised you were serious...
This goes for everyone else, by the way. You have no place determining what other people should or shouldn't be finding offensive.
What you can (and should) do is try and be civil to others, and that involves accounting for what offends them, not what offends you.
this thread is dildos
I'm offended by the word Blacks. In all honesty, THAT IS OUR WORD. You shouldn't have people going around saying "Oh that black guy!" It's not right. Also a lot of other words. Ban one, gotta ban em all POKEMON! Sorry habit.........
And by the way trying to mock what offend people as you're quite clearly doing (yes, we're going to look at, oh, say, what posts you pressed "like" on and things like that in trying to determine if we should take action on something. Surprise, surprise...)?
That falls under baiting. Which is banned and infractable, for a nice 5 point.
Well this is rather homosexual... I came to the internet to escape the stupidity of Tennessee =(
To reiterate. There really should be no arguments on this, the staff is not taking away your right to use the word. I think Figment was pretty clear one the new policy, so I really see no reason to continue arguing or debating it.Quote:
Over the past few months, the Bulbagarden administrators have grown increasingly concerned with the way several forum members associate the word "gay" with "bad things" (eg, "That film was so gay" to describe a bad movie). We feel strongly concerned about how it makes other members of Bulbagarden (of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community especially) feel about their place on Bulbagarden.
At the same time, as a forum where even swearwords are not banned, we remained strongly opposed to simply banning the use of this or that word, when that use is meant harmlessly.
As such, we have decided on the following policy:
1. If someone is making you feel uncomfortable with the way they call things "gay" or anything else, you should tell them. Asking them to stop because they make you feel uncomfortable will not be treated as minimodding, or as flaming and baiting, so long as you do it in a relatively polite way.
2. If the staff feels that your use of the word gay (or anything else) is making our other users feel too uncomfortable, we will ask you to stop. Continuing after we ask you to stop may result in an inappropriate content infraction
Note, of course, that in all situations, trying to insult or provoke another user will result in a "flaming and baiting" infraction (which may be severe).
OH! So I can say it. Well that wasted a chunk of my mental capabilities. GO AMERICA!
How is hurting peoples feelings with words a new policy? @_@
Just what was the point of this entire thread then?
Just so we're clear:
You can still use gay to mean "someone who is homosexual". That use, we have no problem with, and will not punish.
The use we're concerned with is when people use it to mean "something I didn't like" or "something bad. This si because it associate gay (which for a lot of people means homosexual) with a bad thing.
Even then we're not banning every use. The only time you will be infracted for this is if a mod feels that you are going too far, or being too repetitive about using "gay" to mean "bad", and ask you to stop.