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What happend to the lounge?

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Whatever happened to the lounge? Think it was called that, the funny forum where you had to type lizards in for some strange reason to get in!

Is it still here?

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Guest tenshigirl25

thats weird seeing as u joined 2 years ago..but ive seen ppl with 50 posts in there..maybe for u its 100..?

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Hey all

Most of you don't know me cuz I pretty much stick to the Lounge, which just happens to be the topic of this here thread.

Namely, the Lounge, a forum for non-acne related talk, has of late been suffering under a decidedly totalitarian mod regime which has expectedly lead to a wave of complaints from vets and other users, as if it would make any difference. This has led to the inevitable - people are posting less and less and some have left outright while the quality of the posts themselves has taken a significant nosedive. Ask any old-skooler like myself what they now think of the Lounge and odds are they'll say "It's shit." Ho hum.

In any case, if you don't care to engage in non-acne-related chit-chat you might as well stop reading right now. However, if you do or would like to shoot the shit about any variety of cool, interesting or controversial topics without the Gestapo, excuse me, the mods barging in and ruining the experience you might like to consider joining an alternative Lounge-type forum that's been set up in an effort to offset the damage done to the actual Lounge by providing people with a platform from which they can talk freely and openly about the topix they wish without unwarranted interference.

If this is the case, read on.

The following was originally posted in the Lounge:

OK, I'll make this as short and sweet as possible:

The increasingly restrictive modding of this place, as per the new rules, has, as you can plainly see, resulted in overall fewer people posting here and in many topics that are, to say the least, BLAND AS FUCK!

In other words, this place has, to a greater extent, effectively been reduced to a politically correct G-rated kiddies table where great care is taken to not offend the cartoonishly conservative sensibilities of predominantly Americans (employers) suffering from a terminal case of anal-retention.

Where once we could get into heated but compelling discussions about various controversial issues and offer our own particular viewpoint in our own particular way without the anti-defamation mod squad jumping in and shutting shit down we now too often have exactly that. This stifles any potential for a constructive debate/discussion where one might learn something interesting or be compelled to change one's whacky point of view on the issue, it just too often leaves so much unsaid.

Where we could once post cheeky but amusing pix without hassle we now find ourselves actually being threatened for doing the same, even tho those pix DO NOT break any rules!!!

Then we have certain mods and their oft-erratic modding, where one mod dumps a thread, another un-dumps it, where one mod deems post X perfectly all right while another mod deems the exact same post unacceptable and deletes it, where mods with questionable qualifications abuse their powers in personal squabbles with us mere mortals, where their stubborn "unified front" only serves to protect their compromised collegues from deserved de-modding and to try to unconvincingly appear collectively resolute, where authoritarian statements like "We don't care what you think" make the Lounge feel even more like the comically iron-fisted police state is has undoubtably become.

However, as we all know very well this is Dan's prize race horse and therefore he has every right to (indirectly) have its legs broken, even tho such action will usually be characterized as counter-productive because how many people wanna show up to watch a hobbled horse run?

What the powers that be fail to grasp is that many people come in here looking to relax, kick back and bullshit a little, to forget about the cross on their backs for just a little while and have a few laughs, to sometimes talk and discuss things other than clothes, food and what they are doing at that particular moment. And sometimes, they wanna talk seriously about things that are, well, "borderline" without being pounced on by power-trippin' mods with hard-ons. This is especially true of the vets that had grown accustomed to enjoying such liberties, the same ones that have recently been revoked.

In short, the Lounge experience has gone from being one of laid-back and informal fun, games and discussion to one of uptight formality and truly comical political correctness, something that stifles truly sincere human expression and thus renders any attempt at meaningful, engaging or just plain fun debating, discussion or tomfoolery pretty much futile.

There4, because of these and other reasons, Liberty Hell, an alternate Lounge, has been set up under my administration in an attempt to keep the original's legacy of open-minded tolerance alive.

The forum's underlying principle: Say whatever you want in whatever way you please.

The idea is that topics that would most likely end up being modded to death or Dumped due to "inappropriate" content or the expected fascistic enforcement of the otherwise reasonable rules can be posted there to reach their full potential and natural conclusion. In other words, "nice" i.e. bland, G-rated stuff stays in the Lounge, "nasty" e.g. edgy, provocative stuff goes there. This way we can have the best of both worlds without any hassles. So if a topic you started or took part in gets Dumped, feel free to continue it without any unwarranted mod interference at LH. Also, if you really have a hard-on for someone you may flame them to your hearts content there as well.

There are, of course, rules, but you will find them very liberal and flexible, pretty much anything except porn, racist flaming and unamusing spam is allowed and will be tolerated.

This of course means that a lot of the material posted there may not be safe for work in some regions of the world so ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, the "If you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen" rule applies here as well, so if you're a crybaby sissy or get offended/shocked too easily you this might not be your cup of rhino jizz.

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If a particular user bothers you - put them on IGNORE, plain and simple, in order to get suspended or banned over there you gotta mess up enuf for someone like ME to say "Dude, you really crossed the line there."

There is a piss-taking white supremacist and apparently ex-Lounger called Aryan Klansman there that's having a jolly old time spouting his hateful racist propaganda. Do I agree with or approve of his extreme views? Absolutely not! Am I going to shut him up? Until he actually starts using targeted racial slurs to flame users, absolutely not! This example best illustrates the very high level of tolerance present at LH. In any case, Kat is already giving the dude a damn good hiding.:D

Unlike the UG, this is one-forum messageboard is open to everyone so feel free to invite whomever you like from whereever, I really don't give a shit who, the more the merrier.

http://libertyhell.4.forumer.com/index.php?

Word to ya muthaz.

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Very eloquent, but I for one won't be joining your new forum. I stopped posting in the lounge long ago, when the mods got a bit ban happy, and since then there have been numerous new forums springing up, created by users desperate for a taste of that power.

It's never going to recreate the lounge as it once was.

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I don't think so. This is an old skool forum designated to imitate what the lounge of the 1930s Germany.

PS: Name the other forums made my users, other than the UG.

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Guest tenshigirl25

Ah okay, I was just curious what the U and the G stood for.

underground no? eh, a forum is a forum.

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LMFAO.

Classic, Gumby. Classic. :)

And yes, with the advertisement of your forum, you did just out yourself as the infamous Gumby. :)

But that's okay, too. Welcome back.

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Guest tenshigirl25

im a little peeved with the lounge too..i did a topic on Interracial Relationships and there were some good replies in there. very mature and of course your going to have 1 or 2 dickheads that bring something negative in but even then it was OK.. now its been locked because of what future things MAY happen in there.. this is 2006. this is life, right or wrong there's always going to be something negative in a discussion..but it wasnt over the top stuff, it was just mild.

i guess u better just stick to 'what's you favourite movie, TV show, celebrity?' pg-11 topics. so i was told..*tsk*

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Guest Fearless*Bunny

im a little peeved with the lounge too..i did a topic on Interracial Relationships and there were some good replies in there. very mature and of course your going to have 1 or 2 dickheads that bring something negative in but even then it was OK.. now its been locked because of what future things MAY happen in there.. this is 2006. this is life, right or wrong there's always going to be something negative in a discussion..but it wasnt over the top stuff, it was just mild.

i guess u better just stick to 'what's you favourite movie, TV show, celebrity?' pg-11 topics. so i was told..*tsk*

I'm sorry tenshi. I thought it was a good topic but there will always be people out there to ruin things. The "safe" topics get so boring.

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Guest Fearless*Bunny

It was because of the potential to cause problems. The mumblings of fighting were beginning I guess.

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that's Sloc, not Gumby.

As for tenshi's complaint, I'll respond to that since it was me who closed it. I understand that you're frustrated, Tenshi, and I thought about it before closing the thread... I agree that there could potentially be an interesting discussion that arises, but the problem is that only one point of view can be represented since saying "I'm against interracial dating" is actually against board rules. It's kind of like a topic we had a while ago about whether people are against homosexuality. We had a discussion about that in the mods forum and kind of decided that obvious flamebait topics like that, which set people up to express viewpoints that aren't welcome here, should be closed. If you started a thread called, say, "intercultural dating experiences" where mods could just set racist posts to invisible, it would probably be left as is.

Anyway, if you have a problem with this kind of thing, you're welcome to pm whoever closed it to ask them about it. I think you'll find mods tend to be pretty reasonable, anyway I know that I'm open to members' points of view on this kind of thing and have actually lifted suspensions or reopened threads on the basis of discussion with other members.

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This almost as good as the "Aysia is really a dude" conspiracy!

Dimwits. :rolleyes:

:lol2: :lol2:

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Guest tenshigirl25

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Happy Birthday u... ;)

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Guest funkychicken

squashed tomatoes and stew!

Thank you!

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Look! I got a telegram from the Queen! :lol2:

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