Our language rules in this forum have been more closely observed because at one time our message volume was extremely high - sometimes in the thousands of messages per day - and in that kind of fast-paced environment, things could get out of hand quite quickly.

Since our message traffic is down from those lofty levels, I recently opened a discussion with the powers that be to look at whether we should loosen up a bit on the language rules, since the reason for the close watching is no longer pertinent, and that idea was well met.

As a result of the discussion, the wording about Offensive Messages in the general Forum Rules has changed to:

"Offensive Messages: Messages personally attacking, calling names, or
otherwise harassing or being condescending to another forum member or any ethnic or religious group will be deleted. Offensive and/or vulgar language is not appropriate for Novell sponsored forums."

It's not a major change, however, we've also decided that we're not going to be as strict in applying the rules regarding language.

That doesn't mean permission is granted to start swearing a blue streak, it simply means that the occasional mild expletive won't be deleted, however we'd like to remind everyone that these are professional forums. Any excessive use would be more than what is acceptable.

Let's see how that goes. We hope it will allow for some relaxation, without opening the flood gates. I don't think we'll have a problem. As the introduction to the general Forum Rules for the Novell forums also states "Most people have a common sense feel for what is and what is not appropriate in our forums and you folks generally do a great job of policing yourselves. We do, however, need to have a few set rules for everyone to refer to when the need arises."

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