Hello. I will be using banned language in this post. Not in a flippant or discourteous manner, but because it would be otherwise impossible to have the discussion I wish to have by starring everything out. If you feel this is not appropriate, please stay your hand, because I believe that this is a discussion that is much needed. To start, I would like to offer a bit of context. I was edited quite recently in a post in this thread for using the word “asshole.” I did not do it to be rebellious or thumb my nose at authority or anything like that. I really have no problem reigning in my admittedly loose tongue to conform with the rules of these boards. In fact, I took a moment before posting, as I often do to try and remember if the word in question was allowed or disallowed. I knew that “ass” is seen as okay, so I figured that “asshole” would be as well. Evidently, I was in error. It was a mistake on my part, and perhaps I should have took the time to check the list to be doubly sure. But I did not, for one very simple reason: finding and using the disallowed words list is a pain in the ass. To avoid you having to look for it, I will post it here: When I look upon this list, I can see where it is now and where it was when I joined. Since that time, near a decade ago, the list has in fact gone through a sizable change. We are now more liberal with the words we allow. I am not here, necessarily, to lobby for an increasingly liberal stance on language. For the most part, I find the list acceptable. There are some things in it that cause me irritation, though. When I look at the list, I see a thing that was once well thought out and purposeful. But then, as time went on- and by the influence of bureaucracy- changes were made. And they were made haphazardly and piecemeal. And you can see this in its present form. At the bottom of the allowed list, you have the changes we have made over the past several years: WTF, Goddamn and Jesus Christ. And then in the disallowed section, you have the most bizarre stipulations to these things. Only “WTF” is allowed. No other usage of the letter “F” in an acronym. I realize that this was decided for a reason. However, I submit that times are different then they were, as they are wont to be. We've got these new movies to look forward to. Which means an increase in site traffic, as we have all seen. It's my belief that these previous changes were allowed because the craze of Star Wars had stagnated, and we were left with a small, familial community. So we were allowed to loosen our collective tie and relax. It is my belief now, that we should again adjust our tie. Tighten it, or loosen it more, I do not know. I would like it if in this metaphor, we changed the knot in it entirely. I look at our past successes and failures, and I weigh them against other successful communities on the internet. I implore you all to take some time and do the same. As the mod team well knows, right now is the time to make revisions to our rules, to allow for the changed face of the web, and to draw in (and more importantly keep) the maximum number of new users. So to help facilitate this discussion, I would like to better state my misgivings: Acronyms. It's strange to only allow one very specific acronym. Were I new here, I do not believe I would be able to grasp the political reasoning behind this. I would think it was weird and confusing. And I would be very much off-put. I think we should allow any acronym with the letters “F” or “S” in them. I think that as long as an acronym is not directed to flame or bait another user, used in an untoward sexual manner or violates the spirit of our board law, it should be allowed. There is of course the danger that users might run rampant with their use, and board language would devolve into petty acronym talk. However, the deluge of lolcats and 1337speak and horribly improper grammar that the internet as a whole has had to face over the years tells me something. It tells me that such things are only momentary diversions, and sensible and understandable language will remain the primary language of these boards. As we have seen with the allowance of “WTF” and “Goddamn,” users CAN be trusted with increased levels of freedom in their speech. Most are not likely to abuse it. I see myself as a pretty heavy user of derogatory language here, and even I do not feel the need to press that advantage. And those that do are likely trolls, and will not last long, or pay much attention to said rule anyhow. I really do not understand why “ass” is allowed, but “asshole” is not. Very specifically, “asshole” is just the hole in the ass. Where the poop comes from. But I do not how that is more derogatory than a simple ass. I can see the difference in usage and intent. Asshole is admittedly a more limited word than ass. There are fewer ways to incorporate it into language not directly pointed at another user. But those ways do exist. For instance, I might wish to make a joke and call the Great Red Spot “Jupiter's Asshole.” Flexible and inventive language can be a boon to a post, if only you give it the chance to. And I just cannot understand its wholesale banning as a means to try and prevent name calling. These are my two primary gripes. As I say, I'm not standing on my soapbox, Bill of Rights in hand, demanding we change all the rules because I let slip the wrong word. I am just asking that we analyze the Disallowed Words list as a whole, and change it as necessary to be more comprehensible and understanding of our current sociopolitical status amongst internet Star Wars message boards. So please just take a moment and consider these issues, and any others you may have, and let us get this bitch goin'.