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Re^5: • What is this?

by Chady (Priest)
on Jul 09, 2004 at 06:08 UTC ( #373054=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: • What is this?
in thread • What is this?

I see now that I have slightly misinterpreted the reasons.

I thought that what you meant by "block such nonsense" was any/all extra information appended to node titles. But now I see you're talking about weird characters that can cause trouble traveling through the various code sections to get displayed.

My original node still stands; I still believe that people have all the right to put what they want in the title as long as there is a textfield allowing them to do so, and PM has all the right to remove illegal characters or entities from these titles.


He who asks will be a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn't ask will remain a fool for life.

Chady | http://chady.net/


Comment on Re^5: • What is this?
Re^6: • What is this?
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Jul 09, 2004 at 08:53 UTC

    Yes, "such nonsense" was specifically aimed at odd characters. Unlike some I am not particularly bothered by vanity titles so long as they dont involve putting all kinds of weird chars or entities in the title. For a while a bunch of monks responded to merlyn's • by putting in their own special chars. Newest Nodes ended up looking like the lost tomb of the Egyptian Kings, which was just plain annoying. This was one reason that filtering code was introduced, but alas it was not a comprehensive implementation and as such the inconsistency in how titles are rendered.

    But I would like to point out that users have no "rights" per se. This site is owned by vroom and administered by the gods and hosted by http://pair.com, furthermore its moderated by other users indirectly and by the janitors directly. All of these people have a say in what is permissable in the various text fields and etc. The fact that the traditions of these people tends towards the extremely permissive with a strong inclination towards the concept of free speech is a good thing and probably a big contributor towards the good vibe here but it shouldn't be considered a "right".

    You have the right to free speech (or at least most readers have an entitlement along those lines) in your particular jurisdiction but that right does NOT extend to PM. If you post rude, offensive or abusive text it will be altered, deleted, or otherwise dealt with. If vroom decides to change from a benevolent dictator into a real screaming fascist anything could happen. If pair.com is suitably approached by a lawyer they might take the site offline in part or entirety.

    I say this part because there is a tendency amongst many with our cultural background to misunderstand what "rights" are. You may have rights, but you dont have many here. Everything here is a privilege and can be taken away as easily as it was granted. So lets not distract ourselves with abstract discussion of our rights on pm, better to focus on what we can do and how we can make PM a better place.

    To steal a phrase: Ask not what PM can do for you, ask what you can do for PM. It works out much better that way. ;-)

    BTW, I expect people to downvote this node because I am breaking the illusion of freedom that exists here. That illusion is pleasant fiction that allows us to create the community spirit that is so vital to the site. But that illusion ends the minute those who are responsible see it to be a threat to the well being of the monastery. OTOH, most of us gods believe very strongly in maintaining the illusion. So strongly that we have had huge debates about the most trivial of infractions. So rest assured that while the truth is that this place is a benevolent dictatorship its one that wont be altering your titles or nodes without a very very good reason. Should that change I will be one of the first to leave.

    Cheers,


    ---
    demerphq

      First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
      -- Gandhi


      demerphq++

      Everything here is a privilege and can be taken away as easily as it was granted. So lets not distract ourselves with abstract discussion of our rights on pm, better to focus on what we can do and how we can make PM a better place.

      RIGHTS ARE AN ILLUSION:

      Part of the problem is the misnamed Bill of Rights in the USA, and it's equivalent in other countries also mostly having "Rights" somewhere in the title. EVERY single 'right' in those documents can be revoked under specific conditions.

      Every 'right' that people talk about is actually a privilege granted by their society and revokable by the same.

      The only 'Inalienable Rights' that exist are those backed by 'Laws of Physics', and those are mostly restrictions ;)

      I also expect some heavy down votes for unpopular speech, but that's their privilege...


      madams55075.spamtrap.@comcast.net=~s/\.spamtrap\.//;

        RIGHTS ARE AN ILLUSION

        Government in general is an illusion. What makes it a “right” is the willingness of individuals to stand up for it, not by some government’s edict.


        Every 'right' that people talk about is actually a privilege granted by their society and revokable by the same.

        See previous paragraph: Government is an illusion. They can revoke it all they like, but as long as there are people willing to stand up for it, its still there.


        The only 'Inalienable Rights' that exist are those backed by 'Laws of Physics', and those are mostly restrictions

        The laws of physics don’t prohibit free speech ;)

        If vroom or the gods changed from benevolent dictators to screaming fascists, they would be sitting alone in the monastery while we exercise our freedom by screaming “Viva la revolution!” elsewhere.

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