What Keyboard Friends is all about.
We at Keyboard Friends want you all to enjoy these boards. We regard ourselves as a friendly, social group that welcomes a variety of people, styles and ways. We have areas where you can relax and talk about whatever you like: such as chitchat. For those members who are more robust and like a good strong debate we have debating areas on many subjects; current affairs, paranormal, world events etc. We welcome free speech and for you to challenge your opponent if you disagree after all , that is what debating is all about.
However, although we value free speech verbal abuse and deliberate belittling is never acceptable, and we ask that at all times you respect other posters. That doesn’t mean you have to pussyfoot around subjects. People know, or should know, that debate -whether it be the paranormal, debating sections etc – entails being challenged and questioned. That is fair, good and productive. But what free speech doesn’t entail is that you ridicule your opponent/ debater/ fellow forum member’s beliefs. You may not agree on their views, in fact you might think they are silly, but they have a right to their beliefs. What we are saying is 'respect those believers in an intelligent and friendly way'. That doesn't mean we expect you to back away, or not challenge... but there are means and ways. Somebody might join and, say, they believe in the honey monster as a true person or a true ideology or whatever. By all means challenge them, but challenging doesn’t mean abusing. I am sure our members have a good vocabulary and reasonable intelligence, therefore I can’t see any reason why one would have to resort to barroom brawl troglodyte verbal communication to get their points across. Words like ‘stupid,’ ‘thick’ and so on, might seem innocuous on their own but put in a challenging way can be seen as derogatory or offensive to the recipient. This is not a good way to debate an issue, it's counterproductive and pointless.
We are called Keyboard Friends for a reason; we want members to respect each other, make friends and enjoy themselves. We don’t want to over moderate you, but our main objective is to have a peaceful and respectful forum, whether you share your fellow KF members’ views or not.
Please contact one of us if you are not happy with the response you’ve got on the forum (or you see something you are not happy with) and we will look into it. We are not saying that as a KF’s team (Admin & GM’s) we will always get it right, but we do have all your interests at heart. We know, as a caring team, that we will be walking a fine line between differences of what is right and what isn't, so please help us by thinking about what you are writing and how it might affect the person (or even the viewer) you are responding to.
From the Keyboard Friends team.