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    Default Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    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).
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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    As the commercial says, you are stupid to use the word "gay" in such a manner.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    It saddens me so much that you even have to make this announcement.
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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    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.
    For reference, calling people who do it "stupid" is not "a relatively polite way"
    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka and Hurristat
    He's an evil director / He'll give out infractions / Do something wrong / And he takes direct actions
    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
    "It is said that the federal government, if it was in charge of the Sahara, would run out of sand in five years. Private enterprise, being more efficient, would do it in half the time - and they'd make money off the bridges." - me.
    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    Quote Originally Posted by Baroque View Post
    It saddens me so much that you even have to make this announcement.
    This. I cant believe people were using the word in such a context as to make this nessesary.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    That's... depressing. Didn't expect to see such an announcement; hopefully that dies down once people read this.
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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    People still use "gay" as an insult?

    I'm actually glad the forum has taken notice of this issue; maybe now people will stop using it as an insult, at least on this forum...

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    I really hope that the communities EF mentioned above are happy to read this policy. No one shold be hurt for daring to be who they are.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    Quote Originally Posted by Evil Figment View Post
    For reference, calling people who do it "stupid" is not "a relatively polite way"
    I was just quoting the commercial that aired during the Heat game. Sorry if that reference passed over.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    The reference didn't; the fact that some users may decide to use that reference when telling others to stop using "gay" might decide to use the reference didn't, either.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka and Hurristat
    He's an evil director / He'll give out infractions / Do something wrong / And he takes direct actions
    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
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    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    Meh, I don't find a problem with using it.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    I'm sorry if people take it very seriously when people are offended when the word "gay" is used. But that is more of a societal issue altogether than just a forum issue. I agree that instilling the new forum policy will help subdue inflammatory language such, but I don't think it is possible yet to exterminate the word because of it's tough grip on current society. I applaud Evil Figment for labeling the word as inflammatory language rather than banned language though, because it will help people acknowledge misuse of the word rather than force people into totally being suppressed from gaining any true meaning of it.
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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    It won't change much to the world, but it will help here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka and Hurristat
    He's an evil director / He'll give out infractions / Do something wrong / And he takes direct actions
    Then what'll he do?/ He'll permaban you / You find your name slashed / With a message, 'Adieu'
    Sooooo...watch out!
    "It is said that the federal government, if it was in charge of the Sahara, would run out of sand in five years. Private enterprise, being more efficient, would do it in half the time - and they'd make money off the bridges." - me.
    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." - Jack Layton's last letter. Rest in peace, Jack.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    I remember when its main meaning was happiness. Times have changed.

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    Default Re: Using the word "gay" and other derogatory language

    As a homosexual person, I constantly remind people (sarcastically, mind you) that the world "gay" means happy and/or being attracted to the same sex. Just like "gay", the word "faggot" is quite commonly misconceived as well, so I have to constantly (and sarcastically) remind others of its true meaning.

    It's a shame what the internet and online gaming can do to one's personality. In fact, gaming is probably one of the most influential forms of activities I know (for better or for worse). For example, I am 90% sure that my fast typing skills came from online gaming, and I am proud of that fact.

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