When I started the site back in 1997, I was only 17. I always wanted this to be a place where people from all over the world could meet, get to know each other and heck, maybe even make babies together. I wanted to censor as little as possible and make everyone feel welcome.
Many people from all over the world came together to talk to each other and learn from each other. We all shared the feelings that no company would limit us in what we bought, that we wanted the best bang for our buck when it came to storage hardware, and that piracy doesn't only have negative sides.
Together we saw the world change, optical discs slowly becoming replaced by other technology and the internet has become more serious than it was in 1997. We had to forbid threads discussing grey areas and I even had to leave the site for some years.
I was young, call me naive and I always wanted this to be a place to discuss anything. But one thing, through all the years has been an issue for me and the team. Discussions on politics and religion. When many of the team felt we should forbid them, I tried to convince people we shouldn't. I often succeeded, as it went well for a while, but only until the next disastrous thread appeared.
For years and years this has caused people to leave, and this week, the team and I have decided to stop allowing discussions about politics and religion.
When I come to think of it, I still don't understand why we didn't make this decision earlier.
As I've stated before, this is a place where people from all over the world meet. We have so many people with different backgrounds, religions, cultures etc. It's natural for people to disagree, and it's therefore likelier to generate never ending discussions that can only end up in insults and anger.
The fact that this is a place where people from over the world meet, should be something to cherish. It would be better to focus on what connects us, instead of what separates us.
There are many things here that we can agree about, and there's enough to talk about without politics and religion. Let's go that way together and let's focus on what brings us together!
Therefore, I and my team will need to find a way of dealing with this. We don't want to close any thread that has a slight reference to politics or religion. We don't want to be policing too much either and I'm sure most of you understand what we mean by politics and religion.
Unfortunately there will always be people that will challenge us. That will try to find where our limits are. Therefore we will make some amendments to the rules:
- We do not allow, nor condone any messages containing: Language that is offensive, obscene, vulgar, sexually orientated, hateful, threatening, or violates any laws;...
- We do not allow rude and disrespectful behaviour, whether it is to fellow members of this forum or the staff of this forum.
- The staff (moderators and administrators) reserve the right to edit, close, move or delete threads, edit signatures, and remove avatars, when necessary.
- Myce is an international gathering and therefore not the place to discuss politics, religion, or any other controversial subjects. As these subjects are hard to define the decision as to whether a post contravenes these rules will be left to the sole discretion of the staff. If you disagree with any decision you can always appeal to an admin.
While we obviously already did this before, our goal is still to treat people equally, transparently, and apply the rules consistently.
I hope everyone will understand the reasons for this decision and will bear with us while we start to make the transition. Also staff members are humans, so we'll likely make mistakes, but never fear to point them out to us, it's a learning curve for all of us and we appreciate your support.