OTF Political, Religious, and Inflammatory Threads

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While the OTF here is the catch-all place for anything you want to discuss that's not games-related, we request that users refrain from starting overtly political and religious threads here, or others that are very likely to veer to such topics. Such threads more often than not degenerate into flamewars and do nothing to engender friendship and camaraderie among fellow players; in fact they often do the opposite and drive players away.

That is not to say that Stardock has anything against such discussions; this is just not the place for them. Users are welcomed to discuss matters of any kind over on the JoeUser.com Forums (which, being Stardock owned, will use the same login as here so you can just pop right on over and start posting if you like). You can even start your own blog there, be it political or based on another topic.

Thanks for cooperating and helping to keep things friendly here.
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February 14, 2007 10:34:46 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Sweet, but uh, it the site didn't work for me.
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November 4, 2007 1:28:10 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Finaly someone noticed about the promblem  
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November 4, 2007 1:39:58 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
What does OTF mean?
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November 4, 2007 2:38:59 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Awwwww nuts. I am always up for a good fight of words.
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November 4, 2007 2:44:22 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
What does OTF mean?


Off-Topic Forum
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November 4, 2007 3:19:31 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Wohoo! The system works! (most of the time anyway)
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November 4, 2007 3:35:53 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
How bout that, people noticed the sticky that's been here for a year
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November 4, 2007 3:36:10 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
My religious and political views are right. Why are the right? Because I BELIEVE them, and since I believe them and I'm right about everything because I'm me, it means if you disagree with me your wrong. If you disagree with me and I try to enlighten you and you still disagree with me it means you are an idiot. You are an idiot because I'm right and I know I'm right and my views and beliefs are right because I KNOW they are, and thus any intelligent person would naturally come to the same conclusion. Since you are an idiot I should naturally dismiss anything you might say or any points you may bring up as idiot-babble. Only an idiot would listen to an idiot.
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November 4, 2007 4:24:46 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
THanks for telling me what otf means.
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April 24, 2008 6:28:39 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
While the OTF here is the catch-all place for anything you want to discuss that's not games-related, we request that users refrain from starting overtly political and religious threads here. Such threads more often than not degenerate into flamewars and do nothing to engender friendship and camaraderie among fellow players; in fact they often do the opposite and drive players away.

That is not to say that Stardock has anything against such discussions; this is just not the place for them. Users are welcomed to discuss matters of any kind over on the JoeUser.com Forums (which, being Stardock owned, will use the same login as here so you can just pop right on over and start posting if you like). You can even start your own blog there, be it political or based on another topic.


Glad I read this I just left a forum because of exactly the issues you highlight. All I will say is Im neither anti religion OR anti science OR anti politics but I will 100% not speak about things of the nature suggested in the original post on this forum. You seem to have a good community the limited time Ive been here and limiting discussions on things that result in one sided, close minded flame wars is a good thing.
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April 25, 2008 4:44:28 PM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums
might want to add TPM there nao
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April 25, 2008 5:04:06 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
The PM Politics forums are the same ones as on JU, and this OTF is not shown on the PM site (only GC2, Sins, and Demigod at present).
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May 3, 2008 6:47:42 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
Then we better stop discussing unit balance at once
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May 3, 2008 5:34:43 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
I seriously think you should keep the science Vs creationism stuff out. Im actually a christian and I have tried to have a civil debate in the past but BOTH sides end up just as closed minded so its kinda pointless.(Havent done this on this forum though, told myself I was staying out of that) All threads like that head to one place........the gutter. I went into offtopic when I first came here but Im just staying out of it, I find the sins games forums to be the most sensible discussions and people seem to have a better understanding of how far is to far.(Seems to be a bit more open minded as well)

Im not trying to sit here and dictate an agenda either just comming from other forums the above is how I feel about certain thread types. I have noted that certain subject matter is extremely conducive to flame wars.
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May 7, 2008 7:44:45 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Do you need another account for Joeuser? because if I do I am just going to keep on posting on this site becasue it is alot easier.
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May 7, 2008 8:51:25 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums
Allow me to answer that for you since you didn't understand what he typed. No. YOu don't need another account. I get my answer from this source as stated in the big thread at the very top which some people call the "OP". Below is a quote from the "OP".

Users are welcomed to discuss matters of any kind over on the JoeUser.com Forums (which, being Stardock owned, will use the same login as here so you can just pop right on over and start posting if you like).


Hope that helps...

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July 28, 2008 10:20:42 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
Wow I totally did not even notice this post when I posted a rant in the German Comedian Political thing....

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July 29, 2008 12:29:18 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums
They haven't banned me yet, so you're probably safe.

No, I have no idea why not.
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January 6, 2009 8:38:25 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

One point of order is that Joe User is certainly more tolerant of foul language than Stardock's game related sites.

Joe User is also more tolerant of personal abuse, however wingnut (i.e. Right Wing) abuse of moonbat (i.e. Liberal) is far more prevelant than the converse. This is due to the fact that most people with anything approaching a Liberal view of the world don't bother hanging around very long because you may as well be speaking to a stone wall. This may be a selling point for those whose views are naturally right wing, just make sure that you're right wing *enough* or you may actually be considered Liberal.

The final thing to note is that although foul language and personal abuse are less likely to get you banned over at Joe User, I have seen multiple summary bannings occur because someone said the wrong thing to the wrong person (to be honest I've only seen two within the span of 2 years so it's not like a daily occurance, but then I hardly pay attention to the site so there certainly could have been many more). Just be aware that any banning that occurs on one of Stardock site applies to *all* Stardock sites. Forewarned is forearmed.

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January 6, 2009 8:52:40 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Mumblefratz,
Forewarned is forearmed.

And to be forearmed is to be forskinned.

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January 6, 2009 9:05:07 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Quoting Haree78,
And to be forearmed is to be forskinned.
I'm generally not much of a grammar nazi, this may in fact only be the 2nd time in over 3800 replies that I've corrected someone's spelling, however if the entire point of your reply is to simply make a childish pun then it does behoove you to try and spell the word correctly. It's foreskinned not forskinned.

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January 6, 2009 10:04:15 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Mumblefratz,

Quoting Haree78, reply 20And to be forearmed is to be forskinned.
I'm generally not much of a grammar nazi, this may in fact only be the 2nd time in over 3800 replies that I've corrected someone's spelling, however if the entire point of your reply is to simply make a childish pun then it does behoove you to try and spell the word correctly. It's foreskinned not forskinned.

 

Awesome, thankyou, I didn't want to google it at work to check the spelling.  Glad you cleared that up.

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January 6, 2009 10:09:30 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Got to get the "report post" button fixed then all will be well in SD land.

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January 6, 2009 10:10:07 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

While not wanting to behoove anyone's foreskin, I agree with the post as a whole. Those threads are quite rare in the GalCiv forums and I'm glad if that. I've also noticed that the regular GalCiv crowd tends to stay clear of them for the most part when they do pop up. Kryo is absoluetly right in that they invariably cause problems. I believe they get started just for that purpose.

And sry about the childish pun of my own. I told myself not to type it, but it wound up on my screen somehow anyway.

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January 6, 2009 10:23:26 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I still think the 'forum interstate system' installed in the last big round of upgrades is another example of technology getting way ahead of policy (this thread pre-dates that change, as the wording clearly indicates). Off-Topic is the same for every Stardock forum site now, so the intent of the OP here is pretty much foiled from the git-go by the fact that Joe User has much broader standards than, say, the game sites that have regular participation by minors.

If this were just GalCiv2's OT or Elemental's OT, then trying to avoid 'inflammatory' threads would make a bit of sense to me. Although I also think that, even when it made more technical sense, the policy was a heavy-handed global response to a problem that is better handled on a case-by-case basis. Banning subject matter just sticks in my craw, but swearing off swearing makes sense because you can say anything you need to without foul language, with the possible exception of deeply nuanced expressions of anger or disgust.

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