For fans of the First Amendment (to the US Constitution)
From time to time, we get many people on these forums who like to troll or attack people or just make bigoted statements and as soon as they're called on it, they start going on about the "right to free speech."
So I wanted to clear this up in a definitive way. The GOTH.NET forums are privately owned (by me), and as such, I have the right to set any rules I like (as long as they are not illegal in the US, where the server is located) regarding the usage of what is essentially my server and bandwidth. The US constitution's first amendment (which, by the way, only applies on US soil and US military installations) only applies to government censorship, not individual.
Or to quote a post on the ExpertLaw.com
forums (thanks to Nephele for finding this):
You have no inherent right to "freedom of speech" on an internet forum. The First Amendment does not mean you can say anything you want, anywhere you want, with no consequences whatsoever.
It means that the government can't tell you to shut up and that you can expound upon your political beliefs all the live-long day without fear of government reprisal.
It does not mean that no one else can tell you to shut up.
So while on GOTH.NET we DO respect different opinions and try to encourage as wide and diverse a range of discussion and discourse as possible, there are some things we don't allow on these forums. You should most certainly avail yourself to The Rules (tm) which are viewable by just clicking the FAQ
link at the top of the page which are fairly complete on what we do and don't allow.
And if a moderator or administrator decides to call you on something you've said, take your licks and don't do it again. But 'freedom of speech' is not a valid argument here - after all, if I decided that every post must have the word 'goth' in it at least once, and wished to make it a rule (which, by the way, it is not), then that would then be required to post here without being banned.