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Becca:
I know this is probably not a huge issue, but why am I seeing stuff like, "I moved from Puppyland to Catania," and "I speak X, and so-and-so speaks Y" everywhere?  I mean, does it really offend people that much to say something like, "I speak English, and so-and-so speaks French?"  Is there a rule against using real words, or do people just make up pretend terms on their own because they're afraid that someone might be offended at the mention of a particular city/language/religion/custom/whatever?  Either way, I think it's possible to swing too far in the other direction--I mean, with the language example, if the proper words had been used, then someone could easily chime in and say something like, "Oh, I read French for Dummies, and I found it really useful."  But, by speaking in code for everything, I think that kind of blocks off a lot of positive discussion, more so than any potential arguments.

Shores:
It may be that people simply aren't comfortable revealing that many personal details about themselves on a public website. What seems like random, impersonal info to you may seem private to someone else. As long as the meat of the issue is clear, I don't think the details matter, even if they would lead to some interesting conversation. It's up to the OP how much they are willing to reveal.

Becca:

--- Quote from: Shores on December 16, 2009, 01:29:06 AM ---It may be that people simply aren't comfortable revealing that many personal details about themselves on a public website. What seems like random, impersonal info to you may seem private to someone else. As long as the meat of the issue is clear, I don't think the details matter, even if they would lead to some interesting conversation. It's up to the OP how much they are willing to reveal.



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Oh, okay.....I thought it was an official rule, like I could get banned for saying something like, "I speak English," or "I have a golden retriever" or something like that.

LyraSilverose:
I also think that sometimes people don't want to obscure the question by bringing specifics into it.  For example, saying "I moved from Canada to England" may result in some interesting conversation about both places, but it will likely be entirely off topic and could distract a little too much from the original question, which was "is it rude to ask my mother to deal with getting my cat ready to be moved and have him shipped to me?"  Whereas if they'd said that they moved from Bottleland to Mugitania, this wouldn't happen.

Millionaire Maria:

--- Quote from: Becca on December 16, 2009, 01:47:38 AM ---Oh, okay.....I thought it was an official rule, like I could get banned for saying something like, "I speak English," or "I have a golden retriever" or something like that.

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You won't get banned for those things, but it might be worth noting that you will get banned for stating any kind of personal political party affiliations or for telling people which side you fall on in regards to political issues. Also, when it comes to race, it's best to make up different skin colors like green and blue because those threads can also get heated rather quickly.

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