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Thread #12480   Message #99447
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Jul-99 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: Handy Abbreviatons
Subject: RE: Handy Abbreviatons
Hi, Jeri - There's something about the use of the label "BS" in thread titles that doesn't feel quite right, and I can't put my finger on exactly why it bothers me. I do know that I if go to the Forum Menu and the majority of threads that appear on my screen have that "BS" designation, I get the feeling that things are out of balance, and I can pretty well predict that trouble is brewing. It's fine to chit-chat and goof around here. The intelligent humor that's often found here is wonderful. However, when that chit-chat and humor lacks substance or becomes nasty, there's a problem. Warning people off with a "BS" label isn't enough. Even when we're goofing off, we shouldn't be posting garbage.

NOI is supposed to mean "no offense intended." Trouble is, it can get misused. That sort of thing is fine if it's honest, and if no offense is intended. If the remark IS offensive, the harm will be done, with or without the label. Poison is poison, even if you put a label on it that says it's harmless.

I hope this doesn't start a whole new battle. That's not what I want to do - think of this as a "gentle suggestion" that maybe we'd be better off without the BS and NOI labels.
-Joe Offer-