Abuse and Foul Language

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Abuse and Foul Language

This forum was always a place where views were exchanged in a pleasant, courteous and civilised manner and where contributors treated others, with whom they perhaps did not agree, with respect. Now we are increasingly seeing personal abuse and foul language. This probably reflects the declining standards of behaviour in our society, but surely it can kept out of this forum. It is offensive, not only to those who are the targets of the abuse, but also to many others.  

GWP

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One example, quickly deleted a couple of days ago, hardly constitutes evidence of moral decline here, I suggest.  

However, there might be an interesting debate to be had on where the lead comes from for "declining standards of behaviour in our society".

Vic. 

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Quite a lot of the worst language – the stuff considered to be truly offemsive to most readers – should be caught by the site's automatic filtering.

If you think it's missing something, or just want to report something as offensive, then either use the 'flag as offensive' option on the end of every post, in which case our admittedly limited moderation resources will eventually pick it up and do something about it, or email me and I will endeavour to check it out when I have time, or pass it on to someone who can.

I'm by no means full-time on this site, but I'll do what I can. However, it helps to have concrete examples of what people are finding offensive, rather than a general 'things are slipping'...

Audio Editor, Gramophone

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I agree. This forum seems to be civilised most of the time. However, occasionally people seem to forget themselves, particularly when they get passionate. I think the anonymity of the web means that it is sometimes possible to forget we are conversing with other human beings who also like good music.

Best wishes,

P

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I subscribe also myself to what has already been said. I agree particularly with Vic's view on "declining standards of behaviour in our society".

As being attacked often in these forums by virtue of my views on music and not only, I have observed how easily some people, who apparently love Classical Music, use personal abusive language (and behaviour) in order to justify their positions or simply to dismiss my arguments.

It's pity that there is so little knowledge of the music nature, structure, features and values, which save you from any aggressive behaviour and can provide you with the tools to become a more civilised and open to discussion person. We are supposed to be like-minded people, but we are "isolated" groups of accidentally having common views people against any other with a different one. Whenever might be a kind of debate, very rarely a convergence of views may occur. If we were politicians, we would be in  trouble...but here, we can waste a lot of our potential on sticking to what we happen to know.

Anyway, sometimes something good may come after all (some threads had an unusual development, malgre tout).

Parla

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Maybe it's a symptom of 'cross-over' audience. if you lower values to attract people then you may have to listen to language you may not be used to.

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DrBrodsky wrote:
Maybe it's a symptom of 'cross-over' audience. if you lower values to attract people then you may have to listen to language you may not be used to.

What's a 'cross-over' audience?

You are right. I'm not used to listening to Chinese so I'm pleased values have been lowered to the extent that the on-site language is English.

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No but it does mean that your standards do drop sometimes. You will gain some pleasure from this but the pleasure will only be short lived. Try not to let it happen too much, there's a good chap.

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abusive behavior these days is becoming more and more common to a lot of people just like what I've read in an article here: Family beats grandpa with bricks after Googling how to kill. I do pray he'll be well soon..and hope that these people who abused him pay for what they've done.

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