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    New Forum Proposal

    This idea is a spin-off of a thread I created in “Shootin’ the Breeze” as a spoof of “Show us your shoes” where I replaced “shoes” with “boobs”. It was obviously meant as a joke, and I certainly didn’t intend for anyone to do it, but one member in particular mentioned a certain standard of participation we’ve enjoyed for some time now and was concerned with preserving it.

    Now, I don’t agree with member’s position on that thread itself, and I think that it was pretty obvious to everyone that the thread was intended as a joke. However, it’s not uncommon for adult themes to get bandied about here, and sometimes people just don’t want to read about that stuff. Not only that, ODN has had a long-standing tradition (at least in intent if not in practice) of having content that’s acceptable by most audiences.

    In order to allow discussion about adult-themed topics, I propose a new private forum:

    “The Blue Room”

    Forum Leader: Dionysus

    Purpose: A place for adults to talk about issues of sexuality and intimacy in a private forum where a level of candor not typically allowed for in the public forums can be utilized.

    Potential Topics:
    • Sex and sexuality
    • Sexual Orientations
    • Sexual Methodology
    • Questions about “Parts”
    • Dating advice
    • Sexual advice
    • The human body
    • Sex being used to sell products
    • Sex scandals in politics
    • STD's
    • Pregnancy
    • Unwanted pregnancy
    • Abortion
    • Birth control
    • etc...


    Membership requirements:
    • Minimum 6 month membership on ODN
    • Minimum 500 posts
    • At least 18 years of age (NOTE: BY SUBMITTING A REQUEST TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS FORUM, YOU ARE VERIFYING THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE)
    • A member in good standing who demonstrates the capacity to engage in adult-themed conversations in a respectful way, in the spirit of the forum


    Reasons for Ejection (as enforced by the forum leader):
    • Inappropriate behavior
    • Any indication that a member has been deceitful concerning their age
    • Attempting to utilize the forum as a device to meet other members
    • Stepping over The Line™ (as defined by me – I’ll let you know when it’s gone too far)


    Rule enforcement is subject to the sole discretion of the forum leader, and said leader expects that participants will adhere to ODN’s standard forum rules insofar as such rules can be practically applied in such forum (and in this case I’m mostly referring to rules regarding respect and maturity, as well as appropriateness of content regarding links and so on). Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the forum leader, and the proposed rules so far would be the fixed minimum

    I would like to see this forum as a positive thing where grown ups can be grown ups and talk about things that may be considered taboo buy the general populace, but at the same time I don’t want it to be a free-for-all. Better yet, it WON’T be a free-for-all.

    All the members of ODN staff know me well enough to know that I DO NOT PLAY AROUND when it comes to rule enforcement and that I don’t take bad behavior lightly. Furthermore I take the reputation of ODN itself seriously and expect everyone else to as well. Play nice and you’ll be treated nice. Play badly, and I’ll not only boot your ass, but I’ll also see to it that your behavior gets reported to staff in case any further action is necessary, up to and including banning. Membership in this forum would be a PRIVILEGE, not an entitlement option.

    This forum is meant to be a positive thing for adults who can talk about adult things in a fun, respectful and universally positive manner. The forum would be private for the same reason things like sex and masturbation are private. Some people just don’t want to see or hear about such things.

    That’s it.

    Who’s interested?

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    I'm having Deja vue here.


    I support by the way.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Edited proposed requirements to include post count

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    I'm having Deja vue here.


    I support by the way.
    There was a reason the proposal was shot down before... Spotty, do you know off-hand where that thread was or what it was called?
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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyphoenix View Post
    There was a reason the proposal was shot down before... Spotty, do you know off-hand where that thread was or what it was called?
    Hmm...

    That's weird. I don't remember that at all.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    ...but wouldn't it be priceless if the reason it was shot down before was NOT because of lack of interest, but because of fear of offending someone?

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Sign me up. There are few things I'd rather talk about more than sex and sexuality. Excellent idea Dio, let's hope it works out.

    Should there be an even gender ratio? I'm guessing this will mostly be a sausage party.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    I don't see why it should be twelve months. Why not lower it to six months like the ODN Regulars forums? And yes, I'm asking you this because I'm interested in joining.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by czahar View Post
    I don't see why it should be twelve months. Why not lower it to six months like the ODN Regulars forums? And yes, I'm asking you this because I'm interested in joining.
    Well, I made it a year to reinforce the idea that I take this seriously. Should such a forum come to fruition, it would be a privilege, not an entitlement option. Having said that, all things considered (such as whether or not this even flies), I'll consider it.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Zombie View Post
    Should there be an even gender ratio? I'm guessing this will mostly be a sausage party.
    I don't think there should be a ratio. We already have more men here than women anyway, so no reason to expect any different in this or any other private forums (the Sisterhood being the obvious exception).

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Sounds fun. Im in.. The ones that really know me around here already know that is my favorite topic
    Which we do have good topics in another forum... Sooooo
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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyphoenix View Post
    There was a reason the proposal was shot down before... Spotty, do you know off-hand where that thread was or what it was called?
    Oh crap, I can't even remember where I left my shoes.
    I think the shoot down was related to difficulties verifying age of participants?????

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by spotty View Post
    Oh crap, I can't even remember where I left my shoes.
    I think the shoot down was related to difficulties verifying age of participants?????
    That's retarded. As if "Click Here if you're 18 and you want to view some HARD CORE PORN!!" is what holds the gates on the 1,000s of porn sites out there on the www. There's a reason I'd be the only one approving members...

    Sheesh...

    I guess I could make it a minimum requirement to be a member of ODN for 18 years before you can get in. That would keep us safe.

    See you in 13 years guys! I'll qualify then!

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    well, I think you know my answer...I think there are good reasons for it...and I can understand certain objections..But, we are adults, and if the Forum is moderated, with rules, I do not understand why it would not be a positive move for ODN.. Heck, I know for a fact there have already been several cyber and RL affairs at ODN already...

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell View Post
    well, I think you know my answer...I think there are good reasons for it...and I can understand certain objections..But, we are adults, and if the Forum is moderated, with rules, I do not understand why it would not be a positive move for ODN.. Heck, I know for a fact there have already been several cyber and RL affairs at ODN already...
    Well, I'm glad you're for it. But let's be careful here. ODN having sparked relationships has nothing at all to do with this forum. Likewise (and I'm struggling to remember here), this forum wouldn't be some kind of ******* free-for-all like has been proposed in the past. There are topics that people DO want to talk about, but that I would argue just don't fit with the usual cadence of ODN because of their mature nature. This would be a place for that. It wouldn't be just a party (although it's fair to say that "taboo" topic tend to generate some level of excitement by themselves).

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    I support it too Dio. It is weird enough to just say the word masturbation out here.

    LP - That thread you guys are looking for is in the archives and if I remember correctly it was in the Regulars Forum. I can be wrong about that though, as I accidentally stumbled across it one day when I searched in the archives. If I remember correctly, WannaXtreme was the guy who proposed it...

    I was not a member yet...
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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Quote Originally Posted by Aspoestertjie View Post
    If I remember correctly, WannaXtreme was the guy who proposed it...
    Well if that's the case then it's no wonder it was shot down. I wouldn't be surprised if I opposed it.

    I hope that you guys appreciate that I might moderate such a forum... differently... than Wanna would have?

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    lmao I just realized I forgot to send the link to the forum - eish - the alzheimers...will pm you now with the link to that thread Dio. Give me 2 minutes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspoestertjie View Post
    lmao I just realized I forgot to send the link to the forum - eish - the alzheimers...will pm you now with the link to that thread Dio. Give me 2 minutes
    I got it (saw you on the status page) . Read it. All the objections are ill-founded as far as I can tell. It's simple:

    It would be a PRIVATE forum. You don't want to see it, then don't join. The very REASON it would private is because some people don't want to see it.

    I bet no one here can even name the private forums off the tops of their heads right now, much less say what impact they have on ODN's reputations. One thing that being here for 5 years has taught me is that our reputation is made of pretty stern stuff. If anything, successfully having such a forum would reinforce our already good reputation.

    The title of the forum itself is neutral.

    There IS some substantial interest in it.

    I would moderate it (and I moderated longer than any of the current staff has been members - except for Apok and Tren, of course, and I was here before Tren under another monniker - so I know something about it). I'd be the age firewall and would use my knowledge of the people here and my moderating experience effectively.

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    Re: New Forum Proposal

    Yeah I'm not too keen on the 12 month thing. I am on one hand an OD?N regular....but haven't been here long enough to participate in something of that magnitude?

    I'd be game for sure. I have no issues sharing. I think if you get too steep with the who can and who can't you will limit yourself to about 10 people. Which is fine I guess...but I think conversation could get dull prematurely that way.

    Just my 2 cents.

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