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vharishankar 11-02-2012 10:49 AM

The General forum
 
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H_TeXMeX_H 11-02-2012 11:01 AM

The description for the General forum is 'This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!'.

I don't see any problem with philosophical and hypothetical issues being in this forum. I don't see what you have against philosophy. It is very much lacking in all aspects of life, and is probably one of the main reasons for the status quo. I realize that those people not versed in philosophy may be angered by it and not understand it, but they have to accept that it exists and is not yet outlawed.

As for personal issues, I would not ban them, but recommend that such issues be posted elsewhere in forums that are more appropriate (non-LQ). It's true that these often deteriorate quickly and never turn out well with any kind of useful solution.

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:05 AM

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H_TeXMeX_H 11-02-2012 11:11 AM

You might be right, I agree with disallowing personal issues, especially when privacy is a concern.

TobiSGD 11-02-2012 11:23 AM

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If people carry such threads (which I have no problems with in non-*NIX/General) to other forums, those that you call aunt agony website, how is that preventing a privacy issue? As you point out yourself, anything that is posted publicly on the net can to some extent be identified and corellated to real life persons.
So regarding privacy it doesn't matter where that information is posted, but only if it is posted.

Basically I can only say what you don't seem to want to hear: If you want to use this forum as a pure technical site (and there is nothing wrong with that) then simply ignore non-*NIX/General, or just the threads you don't like. It should be pretty easy to figure out that threads with titles like "How to raise a child..." or "Would you name a girl Debian?" are not the ones you are interested in.

I see them as expression of the type of community we are here at LQ and would like it to stay that way.

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:27 AM

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dugan 11-02-2012 11:33 AM

You started this thread as a response to this one:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...es-4175435186/

You did the right thing in starting a new thread to air your concerns, instead of further derailing that one.

Obviously, however, I do not agree that your proposal should be implemented. The "potential concerns" you brought up (such as privacy violations) have never actually been problems here, and are therefore not factors to base a policy on.

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:38 AM

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dugan 11-02-2012 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by vharishankar (Post 4820725)
Bear in mind that it's not about a forum policy alone. It's about personal issues of people who ill-advisedly post their details on this forum and breaching their own and others' privacy in the bargain. The thread you linked to might look innocuous, but there are family members who might look on it as a breach of privacy and trust. You simply do not take some issues on a public stage...

I am looking at it from a point of view of the families concerned. How would you like your life partner to discuss your sex/married life on a forum such as this? It's about respecting privacy.

Moreover, LQ.org simply is not about these things anyway. Why bother with the headaches of allowing such discussions and then having to moderate them if a certain line is crossed? Define it in advance.

One of the curses of being a lawyer is that I look at issues with an eye to the future implications. I simply could not avoid pointing them out.

Is Jeremy worried about being sued by Anisha's in-laws because he allowed that thread? I would strongly suspect that the answer is no. Therefore, none of what you wrote above applies.

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:50 AM

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TobiSGD 11-02-2012 11:52 AM

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I find it rather weird that your first concern about that thread was not privacy. Your first answer was:
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From your posting it appears your main intention here appears to be to ridicule Indian traditions, customs and cultures in an International forum - not about God or belief in it. Please keep your personal problems in your blog.
Your second post also was not about privacy. In both cases you advised the OP to post such things in a personal blog. Blogs, by definition, are a very open form of communication, so I really doubt that privacy is your main concern here.
Only in your third post in that thread, after the OP has spoken against you two times, you come up with concerns about privacy.
It rather seems that you somehow feel personally offended, I don't know why, but to me it seems to be that way.
Are you sure that privacy is your real issue here?

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:53 AM

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dugan 11-02-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by TobiSGD (Post 4820743)
I find it rather weird that your first concern about that thread was not privacy. Your first answer was:Your second post also was not about privacy. In both cases you advised the OP to post such things in a personal blog. Blogs, by definition, are a very open form of communication, so I really doubt that privacy is your main concern here.
Only in your third post in that thread, after the OP has spoken against you two times, you come up with concerns about privacy.
It rather seems that you somehow feel personally offended, I don't know why, but to me it seems to be that way.
Are you sure that privacy is your real issue here?

I caught that too. I suspect that the real motive here is to shut down a discussion where unflattering things might (might!) be said about varishankar's place or culture.

Especially since the "privacy concerns" are so incredibly specious.

vharishankar 11-02-2012 11:57 AM

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vharishankar 11-02-2012 12:07 PM

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