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by zippygeorgebungle on ‎28-04-2012 02:33
I know its nannying the forums but with recent discussion threads mainly in off topic on sexuality, religious beliefs, race or politics usually going into a big heated debate and some users think they can get personal with there comments i suggest that the forums completley ban the following discussions in any shape or form full stop and maybe put in the terms for it not to be discussed. Too often many people get some hatred against them when discussed. topics i suggest need banning full stop either positive or negative are

2. Sexuality
3. Politics
4. Nationality

Something really needs to be put in place before any of these topics explode into insults. I suggest if the banning of them is applied then the issue would get eradicated. What do you think ? I just think its the only way for the mindless twits and bigots and hatred too stop.
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by mary_r_t on ‎28-04-2012 03:19

My guess is the original quote bertiebat is looking for may be lost in the mists of time with the changes in the Community Guidelines over time...


We have had some contstructive discussions on these topics such as 'gay giffgaffers' and 'Ramadan corner'. Yes, these can bring out the controversial comments but overall they have been constructive and helped with community building.


A blanket ban would certainly stop the controversy but it would remove the positive bits too....

by alyamani on ‎28-04-2012 03:33


I agree with the idea, not because of what is written in such threads, but why should we in a 100% telecoms community discuss 100% private life issues which can be discussed in specialised forums.


I did read every post in the thread zippygeorgebugle is referring to, I found that it went out of control, not intentional but due to extremely different point of views and due to lack of understanding, I need not to describe further.


I feel I can along with Mary due to her well balanced point view based on previous experience.



by brulaw ‎28-04-2012 03:46 - edited ‎28-04-2012 03:48

The following is what I posted in the thread about this  ........ and as I say at the end of it ........ It Works For Me . 


Three things I make it a point not to get drawn into " discussing " 




Sexual preference 




As has been said ...... Live and let Live , ( as long no harm is being done to anyone  and I'm left to my own preferences )  .


It Works For Me ...... :smileywink:


 I don't think a blanket ban on those subjects is the answer  , I honestly think it's up to the individual to not get involved in topics that they know might be provocative to them . 

by gawright on ‎28-04-2012 06:14
I strongly disagree. We should have free speech, a consequence of that is that some people will say things we don't like. We just have to accept that. Although giffgaff already locks religious discussion threads. As usual, religion gets undeserved special treatment. Bullying should be stopped but expressing controversial views should not. Everyone is free to argue with such views
by tjommo on ‎28-04-2012 09:16

Politics is okay. :smileyhappy:

Religion and Sexuality are mostly okay. :smileyhappy:

Whats not okay is racism and homophobia! :smileymad:

by idrisdragon on ‎28-04-2012 14:56

Why the sudden obsession with banning things?

by bertiebat on ‎28-04-2012 17:16

@tjormmo those are already covered by the t&cs here

8.   Our Website

8.1. Opinions expressed on this site are those of the respective contributing users only. These views do not represent those of giffgaff its management or employees. giffgaff is not responsible for and disclaims all liability for content and comments contributed by users.

8.2. You must not use the Blog or Forum to display any material which is:

8.2.1. racist, sexist or homophobic

by wolvesfortheprem on ‎28-04-2012 17:34

Everyone is allowed an opinion, Maybe if your not interested in the duscussions in OFF TOPIC then dont click into it read it?

by wcssj on ‎28-04-2012 20:11

Subject to T&C 8.2.1. above being enforced, these subjects just reduce to contentious / lively / interesting / involving threads (as well as predictable / repetitive / inconclusive:smileywink:). I.e. rather like many other subjects such as unlimited data, gamers and cheaters, spelling and grammar, iOS and Android, football etc. Where / how do you draw the line? If you ban some, why not others? Why not all of them? I think you'll have a better community if you ban none of them and enforce 8.2.1. 

by andreww on ‎28-07-2012 21:45
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