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    Abuse of taglines

    I'm seeing a tremendous abuse of the cute tagline feature on this forum. I'm sure the original intent was for people to put web links, jokes, favorite movie lines, etc but never bible passages or opinions on the Iraq war, the environment, what have you.
    We're all here for what? For Lightwave. For whatever reason we use Lightwave and love seeing other's work, learning from their techniques, and just being around other 'wavers. Now, there has been issues of flame wars and I think most of us would certainly like to see that behavior extinguished; yet, no one sees the potential problem of having a provocative tagline.

    Am I alone in seeing this as a problem?

    I think it's all well and good to post your ideology in a general forum, but seeing stuff about Bush or "the liberal media" when I'm enjoying a thread on someone's great new imagery is just wrong and it sours the artist's work as well. It's tantamont to hijacking the thread.
    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence

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    Aha! A clue Sherlock! Jimzip's Avatar
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    Hear hear.
    Now lock the thread!


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    some tags do seem a bit 'intense'!
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    Before the thread gets locked
    I might be on my own here, but ... I don't really mind, as long as it stays subtle and doesn't (visually) detract from the message.

    After all "It is in poor taste to use this forum for spouting religious or sociopolitical viewpoints" who is to judge on taste?

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    I agree Zarathrusta. I personally think that any pc bashing or mac bashing taglines shouldn't be allowed, I've seen that one start more then a few arguments. It's not that I'm for censorship but I just hate it when a thread gets hijacked and becomes a mac vs. pc argument become someone put in a tagline like that. I generally bite my tongue when I see them but you can't expect everyone to do that.

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    I think the worst offender has to be LightWolf, the thought of sheep inheriting the grass really disturbs me and keeps me awake at night!

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    actually, althought some do spout off a bit, I'm not really bothered at all when I think about it!
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    rotfl... he, he, he....
    Actually, this is a quote from a song by james (anybody remember them? late 80s, great band) about religion, and esp. tv evangelists.
    I plead guilty under the "religious viewpoint" act

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    James is great, but I would have used a line from Laid.

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    Well, if in the middle of my posting I started going off on the, say, California Recall then I'm labelled an A-hole; but, if I make the same remarks in my tagline then I'm immune. That's total BS.

    I've been butting heads with NT over this topic. They told me:
    "The whole POINT of taglines is that they're 'optional reading'."
    then when I expressed my opinion of all that recently they deleted my tagline.

    I mean, what kind of statement does that make? Oh it's optional and you just have to learn to ignore it - oh wait, you can't say THAT...
    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence

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    Hi Zarathustra...
    Well, if you rant about the Recall, and you do it in General Discussion, I think that's fine with almost everyone around here (just look at the long winded war thread, which flames on and off).
    If you go off topic on any thread, you abuse it (just as Matt and I did a couple of posts ago), and the question is where the tolerance level is.
    The same goes for taglines as well I guess, except that everyone knows they can be off topic (just as your avatar is, or your member description for that matter).
    It is a completely different matter if the tagline is offensive, but that is a question of taste.
    I don't know what you had in your tagline, so I can't really judge on NTs decision, however, from all that has been going on in the forum (especially this year), I've seen no action so far that I thought was out of proportion.
    I guess, the main problem with taglines is that they are not a discussion topic, so someone who might be offended can't reply as he can to a normal post.
    my 2 cents...
    Cheers,
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    Its the First Ammendment,

    Don't like it, turn it off.
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    Its the First Ammendment,

    Don't like it, turn it off.
    Yeah, I know. I had a hard time with this issue. I guess what's sad is you can't expect everyone to have basic common sense. Chances are you're not gonna wear a t-shirt that says "Bush sucks" to a job interview or one that says "down with the liberal media" to a wedding, etc. That's all freedom of speech but common sense tells you to pick the right moments to express your beliefs.

    <sigh> Perhaps the only answer is to turn off the tags in the prefs. That's sad because you now lose ALL of them, including those with links and what not.
    I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence

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