This is a heartfelt plea to all of our users.
Recently some posters became mad at one of the administrators of this website over what to me seems to be a private issue between the two of them. These individuals then proceeded to delete or edit many posts to oblivion.
Now I am open to the idea that these folks regretted things they had written, but it just seemed very strangely timed (right after the dispute).
So therefore I am making this request: if you question something you have written, PLEASE do not destory your posts. That is a request from me personally. Much better is to simply write: "I regret what I wrote above and recant."
Why? Because we are a community and when we have threads with many replies going on, and someone erases the post, especially the first post, it destroys the flow of the conversation. It can even make the thread seem like nonsense.
Now after making that request, I will announce a new OCnet policy. If you feel the need to erase a post, and it is because you either 1) insulted someone or 2) really said something totally off the wall and you can't believe you wrote it, fine, delete/edit it. HOWEVER, if anyone erases or edits to oblivion (ie cuts out all text) more than three posts in one day, we will ban that user for a week.
This board is based on trust. We trust that you are going to write things you believe. Furthermore, we trust you will be honorable and if you are shown to be wrong, or a tense debate ensues, you will not try to erase your thoughts to get out of a discussion. Without that guarantee, how will anyone feel secure posting and investing time in a thread, if they feel that at any point it may be railroaded by other posters?
Thank you for your cooperation.