BACK ON TOPIC:
Good statement by Ian, gets the point across without coming off as being patronising, and forceful enough without being aggressive. As someone with a love of language, I know it's a difficult tightrope to walk.
Let's face it, no-one properly reads the terms and conditions/rules when signing up to anything, so a timely reminder of what is and what isn't acceptable on the forum is definitely needed, and as far as I am concerned, most welcome.
It's been a week since Ian posted up his rules reminder, and nearer two since all the trouble kicked off. Those causing said trouble, or actively encouraging it, have been given their marching orders. As a result, I feel AO has got back its "friendly" feel.
My only criticism (and it's a small one) is that we don't have any kind of "adult lounge", call it Adult Way Off Topic, if you will. Now, I'm not recommending we go for some kind of porn-sharing free-for-all on AO, and there would need to be posting rules as regards what is and is not acceptable, but at least there would be a clearly marked outlet for some of the recent threads that some feel were shut down and/or had links deleted unfairly.
The sort of content I'm talking about are "blue" jokes and "near the knuckle" YouTube videos, such as the now infamous "Rainbow" spoof, which had its link removed from a thread recently.
Those members who have no interest in smutty jokes and cartoon characters doing silly things could easily avoid such content by never viewing the AWOT section. This, I feel, would be far preferable to having to pick one's way carefully through the regular WOT section, hoping not to stumble upon content one may find inappropriate.
If inappropriate content does end up getting posted in the wrong place, it could be moved to AWOT, or deleted altogether if it breaks the AWOT rules.
This would keep the main forum of AO clean, with only a small corner for "schoolboy-type humour".
With clear lines of demarcation, we'd get a lot less in the way of members pushing the boundaries of acceptability in the main forum areas.
In fact, with a clear set of rules agreed and laid out, I would happily volunteer to be the AWOT mod.