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    Regarding Use of Discriminatory Rhetoric and Symbols

    Greetings, fellow posters.

    It has become manifest that there is a need to demonstrate what is and is not acceptable when it comes to the use of symbolism, terminology, and rhetoric rooted in racist or otherwise prejudiced ideals.

    As part of our general lenience in enforcing the rules on Take Five, we have been quite clement in this regard and rather magnanimous in overlooking various minor offenses. This trust has consistently been abused, and consequently, this ends now.

    We here at Take Five Forums believe all people are equal. T5 cannot and does not endorse racist, sexist, nationalist, religiously intolerant, or otherwise bigoted rhetoric and symbolism in any form.

    Use of certain relatively innocuous terms and phrases is permissible when it is obviously not meant with offense and is clearly divorced from the prejudiced meaning, such as "nigga" or "faggot" among friends; but no more can we allow the use of discriminatory ideals or terms, whether or not their use is purportedly satirical. Please refrain from adopting prejudiced perspectives or phrases even in order to highlight or mock them, since this only blurs the line between ironic and legitimate use and enables exploitation.

    Furthermore, anything that is recognizable as outright hate speech is not acceptable. It does not matter whether or not derogatory terms are used in such posts, although their use will probably make the punishment more severe. If you have to ask yourself whether something can be considered hate speech, it almost certainly is, and will not be tolerated on T5.

    Last but not least, although everyone is free to their opinions if they express them respectfully and without use of bigoted rhetoric and terms, repeated support of hate groups and other morally questionable parties is considered spam. (Similarly, repeated attacks on them is also spam. Please note that this does not entail T5 endorses such groups in any way!) This includes, but is not limited to: constantly posting the same content in many threads, repeating the same arguments or posts, and posting a large number of links to outside sources without discussion. As spam, this is obviously not permissible.

    The traditional process of Reminder --> Warning --> Infraction --> Ban will be used to address such transgressions. As with everything else, however, moderator discretion can be used to take an appropriate greater or lesser action as well as to clarify ambiguous situations.

    You agree to abide by the Site Rules and expectations of Take Five when you post, and are required to listen to Site Staff. Naturally, you can always disagree with a moderator and utilize the appropriate channels of communication while remaining respectful, but you are generally expected to abide by their requests and decisions.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

    Thank you for your time!
    T5 Staff

    #2
    Wack

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      #3
      LET SLIP THE DOGS OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!

      Last edited by #83.6666666667; December 24th, 2018, 01:12 AM.

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        #4
        Wait so can we still say the n word

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          #5
          Originally posted by Max View Post
          Wait so can we still say the n word
          Only if you think we'll think it's a joke.

          And only P408370R has a sense of humor.
          Originally posted by Wade
          We can't be supreme while also supporting inclusiveness

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            #6
            Did you write this because someone reported the site

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              #7
              Originally posted by Mae Borowski View Post
              Did you write this because someone reported the site
              No, this discussion started when Shin started spewing his anti-semitic crap everywhere and others were picking up on the terms and symbolism as jokes. It just took a few months to finalize everything because I'm a lazy bum.

              This post is essentially just a suggestion to users to simply avoid racist terms and symbolism altogether because it makes it easier for everyone.

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                #8
                goodbye doc

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by P408370R View Post
                  T5 cannot and does not endorse nationalist rhetoric and symbolism in any form
                  Faggot
                  Originally posted by Kajin_Style ;n513566
                  Why should I even give a damn that some faggot is being stoned to death in another country?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by King John View Post
                    Wack
                    mhmm
                    Alvarius B. - Sleep Gunner

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                      #11
                      farewell doc

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Aure0lin View Post
                        farewell doc
                        Going back to mvc
                        Originally posted by Kajin_Style ;n513566
                        Why should I even give a damn that some faggot is being stoned to death in another country?

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                          #13
                          it's been a couple hours since doc got banned but it already feels like years
                          sure do miss the poor bastard

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                            #14
                            The line exists within our site's rules already, but after Doc and Souls got banned, it probably needs to be said more clearly and bluntly.

                            The site's rules and this topic's contents aren't suggestions. You're expected to follow them. If you don't like what we've done, you are certainly free to open a discussion about the rules and how they might be changed for the better.

                            But let me be perfectly clear,

                            You will not be allowed to blatantly break the rules. You will not be allowed to purposefully skirt around the rules. You will not be allowed to "make a point" by trying to push the rules or the site's staff.

                            Doing any of those things will just get you banned, as Doctor and Souls learned the hard way. If you don't like what we're doing, then use this topic and discuss it civilly. Don't try to meme around it and then act like you were wronged when you get punished for behaving like children.
                            Last edited by Cid; December 27th, 2018, 09:25 PM.

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                              #15
                              Holy shit, Doc got annihilated within seconds. This is why I should be active more often.

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                                #16
                                About time Doc got banned. lol

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                                  #17
                                  Cid's right. Even though Doc and Souls didn't technically break any rules, they willingly and explicitly tried getting as close as possible to doing so in an exclusively provocative manner, which in itself is unnecessary and obnoxious behavior that justifies punishment.

                                  It makes sense that people want to have fun and make things more interesting for themselves and other people, but if the only way to do that is breaking the rules or skirting around them just to be rebellious and edgy, then they should find someplace else to go instead of subjecting the staff to being responsible for a bunch of childish people with nothing better to do than to cause trouble.
                                  Last edited by Thar; December 28th, 2018, 06:08 AM.

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                                    #18
                                    Truthfully, I'm more offended that "Negro" was the go-to term more so than its oh-so-clever application. After 20+ years on this earth, you should be capable of MUCH more nuanced bigotry than this, like yikes. This is elementary.
                                    Last edited by Lord L'Zoril; December 28th, 2018, 08:55 AM.

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                                      #19
                                      N.

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                                        #20
                                        I'll miss the lad, truly a freedom fighter.
                                        Alvarius B. - Sleep Gunner

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