I would, with respect, like to propose a “temporary” CAF policy, to be maintained through the Corona Virus crisis.
I would like to propose that no one be “banned” or “removed” or even “suspended” from CAF during the crisis.
It’s tough right now. All our reality and lifestyles have undergone pretty drastic changes in the last week, and I think things will get more restrictive before they get better.
Many of us have seen the cancellation of most or all of our social network activities–school, church, concerts/theater, gymns and parks, bars and restaurants, community activities meetings, shopping, and pretty much any activity that isn’t vital. Even doctors offices are asking people to call first!
This is hard for people who enjoy meeting and greeting people out in their world. The isolation is difficult to deal with. And it’s scary for many people who rely on a network of acquaintances from the various places they sit and chat everyday.
The online world is a place where we can continue being sociable and talk with others in real time.
I don’t want to see vicious and terrifying behavior here on CAF, but I do think that it would be good for us to try to put up with cantankerous people, or people who express themselves awkwardly or poorly, or people who post something that would probably have been better left upposted.
Can we be a little more understanding of posters who seem to be out to offend and upset the community? IMO, it’s very possible that people are acting out their fears, stress, loneliness, frustration, and possibly even their sickness (if they come down with the virus), and their posts may well be “ban-worthy”-but can we extend some mercy and give people a lot of leeway during the duration of this international crisis?
I hate to see people cut off from others. Although I don’t want to feel my safety threatened by an online poster and I don’t want to have to read words that are considered “filthy” by even non-religious people, I am willing to put up with my “social comfort” being threatened by someone who is insulting to God and man. I am willing to accept that their online manner may be happening because of their own struggle to deal with the isolation and uncertainty of a world-wide virus attack.
It’s just not the time to “ban” anyone unless they are threatening to our safety. At least, that’s what I think.
Please think about this suggestion. Thanks!