Please Read This Item.

Richard Foy rfoy at
Wed Dec 31 11:29:14 EST 1997

In article <1228 at>,
Gill Bates <zoom at> wrote:
>The subject here mentioned is probably appropriate
>to every newsgroup and bulletin board in the free world.
>A very well known poster has used coarse expletives and profanity to
>be used against another Usenet user both in newsgroup items and
>private e-mails. These can be viewed in soc.penpals, uk.misc,
>uk.transport and other newsgroups where published.
>Complaints were made to the sender's server (abuse at
>but this solicited a negative response.
>So let us have your views on the subject. Should the use of 
>expletives and profanities be acceptable on the Usenet
>or should ISP's put their houses in order and do somthing about it.
>Ask your ISP about their Terms of Use concerning the publication of
>profanities and expletives.
>Please forward your responses to uk.misc & soc.penpals as the major
>discussion groups. Thank You.

I am a strong believer in free speach, especially on the Intnernet.

If someone doesn't like "well known poster has used coarse expletives
and profanity" it is very simple to put that users name(s) in a kill
file. At least with any decent news reader.

I vote against censorship.
  "If you make people think they're thinking,  
   they'll love you;  but if you really make   
   them think, they'll hate you."-Don Marquis  


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