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.
- 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
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Birth control
- 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.