Posts: 69
Registered: ‎04-28-2014

Re: I read here too

This is a family oriented site and the language filters are those management considers appropriate for all our readers and viewers.  As you know, not all viewers post so one can not use the demographic of posters as the sole basis for determining the tone of the site.


The filters are applied automatically and consistently.  Individual members who are offended or concerned by language can bring it to management attention for review and sometimes that results in new words being added to filters.  Incidentally, if a word is considered in violation of our standards, non-standard or "cute" spellings of the word to try to get around the filter are added to the filter list on the same basis as the objectionable word.


Generally, the language standards used are the same as are used by main-stream public media with wide readership demographics.  We want this to be a site that most readers, including all ages, genders, nationality and culture will find welcoming and non-threatening.  See Successful Farming magazine as a guide to the style used on this site.


The function of the forums sorted by topic is to gather a critical mass of similar thought in one spot.  We want people who visit Marketing Talk to find topics that relate to discussions of selling farm products, especially crops as seed, in the field or in the bin.  Machinery Talk should talk about farm machinery, Cattle Talk about cattle production and sales and so forth.    Since it's very beginning over 20 years ago, many forums have focused on near term, concrete subjects related to the main forum topic.  Political and philosophical questions not directly relate to a topic such as Crops, Cattle, Precision AG, Marketing and so forth are generally best addressed in AgForum.  Policy question such as the Farm Bill are sometimes appropriate for Farm Business where the information is used in broader or longer range farm planning.


We ask forum members to share their comments in the one forum most appropriate for the topic.  Thus, a person who posts often in Marketing and seldom in AgForum is still asked to address political issues in AgForum.  We appreciate that members care about the quality of the discussion and value that new members will want to join to participate on the specific topic.  We consider the entire Talk section a community and hope that persons who post most about Marketing don't feel the need to post non-Marketing topics in that forum simply because it is the one they visit most often.


The Terms of Service (TOS) are spelled out and available to all.  A review of the scope and tone of discussion in the various forums is readily available by any who cares to spend some time looking through the forums.  


To restate, use polite language, avoid personal attacks, adhere to TOS, post in the appropriate forum and respect the community and posters will find little occasion to be disappointed in their participation in the community.  A wide range of opinion is invited and respected.  We appreciate your questions and hope this discussion helps you determine the forum and manner to best share your views with your fellow members and the viewing public.