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Default Blogs, Moderation, and Free Speech

I have received a growing number of concerns regarding the moderation of the blogs. Please allow me to explain why we must even have rules regarding our blogs.

If someone uses a blog site such as Xanga, Blogger, or sets up their own Wordpress blog, their blog is attributed to just them. If they want to blog about how much they fap or what drugs they take - no one blames Xanga (or other "blog" site).

The difference here is - if people decide to blog about stuff like that - MMOG is blamed. Our staff is blamed for not keeping the blogs clean. Conversely, if we moderate them too much, then we're "suppressing free speech". It's quite a fine line we have to walk between allowing open degradation of our community image and infringing upon the blogger.

In that respect, the staff has been told to keep blog moderation to a minimum. Basically, we don't want to see anything posted there that could get us shut down, could damage our affiliations, or could get us flagged by search engines for containing adult content. Such actions would damage the community as a whole (especially if our server is confiscated for investigation). We'd like to see meaningful blogs posted there, but we cannot control that. Besides, certain individuals have extremely random personalities so that is an expression of them.

For the record, Xanga, Blogger, etc. all reserve the right to sue you if you violate their terms of service. I've linked an excerpt from the Xanga Terms of Service, but other popular social networking have similar policies:

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Originally Posted by Xanga TOS
upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of anotherís privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, sexually or otherwise objectionable;

...

Xanga reserves the right to take appropriate legal action against anyone who uses Xanga in violation of the Terms of Use. Whenever Xanga learns of any use of Xanga in violation of or that may be in violation of any applicable law, Xanga may report this to law enforcement authorities and otherwise cooperate with such authorities in their investigation.
Reference: Xanga TOS

While we're not threatening to sue you if you break our rules, we are stating that we will remove any content that is not in accordance with our rules and possibly ban repeat offenders. Please try to understand.
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