Author Topic: Where is the family friendly line?  (Read 1432 times)

Arkansas Warrior

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Where is the family friendly line?
« on: 18 August 2013, 13:40:10 »
In a forum where we casually joke about how some factions/PTB like to nuke worlds out of existence, or talk about unarmored infantry as PBIs, or them being turned into "chunky salsa", exactly when do we cross the line into family-unfriendly territory?  I mean, certainly Amaris's murder of anyone even tenuously related to the Camerons, or the horrific atrocities of the 1SW are horrible crimes against humanity, but they're part of the game's history, and hardly off limits.  But I've seen the occasional reminder to keep things family friendly, at least one recently I'm fairly certain was directed at something I'd posted.  So....where do you draw the line on acceptable subject matter in a game whose fiction deals with some very dark issues, both on the massive scale, as I've discussed above, down to the very personal (various works involving Kali MacDougall, for example)?
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Re: Where is the family friendly line?
« Reply #1 on: 23 August 2013, 07:43:02 »
  If you’ll permit me the conceit of quoting my own post, from the thread which apparently prompted this question:

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  As Moonsword’s friendly reminder notes, this is a family-friendly forum.  It says it right there on the BattleTech boxed-set(s): ‘for players 12 and up’.  The Moderators understand that discussion of a fictional universe constantly wracked by war will often fall into some uncomfortable and colourful territory, but certain of those colourful references in this thread have flirted with, or outright crossed, the line where we divide ‘tasteful’ from ‘off-colour’ — or ‘downright obscene’.
  While not a hard-and-fast rule, I saw a good suggestion several years ago and consider it a guideline for my own posting: if you are about to post something you would not be comfortable with your eleven-year-old niece or nephew reading, you might want to find a less colourful way to express your viewpoint.

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