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Watto's Junk Yard / "I'm being Repressed, I'm being repressed"
« on: April 7, 2003, 10:49 PM »
Welcome to the world of the internet, where information travels at hyper speed and people from all over the world can communicate with each other at any second of the 24 hour day.  

Today, something happened that I was not anticipating. I was informed that two of my posts had been reported as being vulgar/insulting, and were thus edited for content.  At first, a couple things shot to my head right off the bat:

1. Where did I miss the forums rules outlining what could be talked about and what could not be talked about. Where were the forum rules that dictated what was off limits as a topic, the rules that told me where my freedom of speech needed to be contained in the community?

2. Why was one of my post being altered when in my views, it was no more "vulgar" than a previous post I was responding to. The other posts by the other forum members were not altered.

3. Finally, why was what I viewed as a joke, being taken so seriously? I won’t go into great details here, but it's not like I had nudity or "swear" words in my post (the classic easy to go against things).

So these three issues shot right to my head, and made me start thinking about the online community I am participating in. We all come from different areas, and we all have different perceptions on the world we live in. At another forum, I was once posting in a thread that was titled "Sexy Actresses." The thread did not had any nudity in it, but it had pictures from magazines such as Maxim and Entertainment Weekly. There was one female poster that was saying things such as "This thread needs to be deleted right now! Kids come to this sight! This forum MUST be G rated!" This throws up alarms right away. Here I am at a website that is all about collecting, and star wars, and is mainly adults that like to communicate from all over the world. Here is a lady that is demanding that the site become a G rated site. I responded with something to the tune of "The Star Wars movies are not even rated G. The world is not a G world. We live in a reality where there is happiness, death, good, and bad. Not everything happens in carealot, but at the same time, not everything broods from hell." I understood the woman’s conviction that she wanted a safe place for her children to visit... But really, how does she figure she can and wants to make me a G rated person? If she doesn't want her kids to see or read something, then don't let them. Set the limits on them, don't set them on others. This is just one small example of what I am thinking about.

On another note, I was also told by the moderator that because I am a guy, there is a double standard about guys and girls. If guys say anything in a sexual way about women, it can be taken bad, and thus should be kept on the down low. Remember I said double standard? But apparently at this site guys are just supposed to take these comments. Now, I couldn't care if someone said something about a guy or a girl, especially if it's in a joking manner, as that is all I've seen at this particular site. What I'm not down with IS a double standard, and it's not cool.

Welcome to reality? Yeah, right on. I hear ya, and I've been here. I'm in reality, and I'm also connected to the internet, and sharing a part of my life through a new medium of our culture. It's a tricky area, and it's something that everyone is going to have to work on.

Now to my main point at hand. I don't want this to happen to me again, where my posts get altered, and I in turn feel like an ass. I've felt rather comfortable here, and I've enjoyed everyone I've met here. If posts are going to be edited, I think it's not unjust of me to ask for a standard for the editors to base it off of.

I know a couple of you own this site. Its y'alls place and what y'all say goes. What DO y'all say? What one person thinks and says *MIGHT* not be cool and ok with what the next person says. As I've said already many times, we're all different people. Not everyone is going to be happy. I think there needs to be standards set up. Like a rule of conduct or whatever. No double standards. No letting some people slip and others not.  Is this going to be a G site? Is it going to be a XXX site? I mean who knows, really? I came here to talk about star wars, collecting, and to socialize. I'm sure everyone else is here for the same thing.

As a last comment... I mean no ill will to anyone, and I'm not mad. I wasn't even going to say anything until I recieved the double standard comment, and started thinking about how some people need to lighten up a little. I feel that the society I live in today harbors the belief that people can find anything vulgar, be offended, hurt, and have the right to complain about it to anyone. Personally, I feel offended by those people. I feel repressed and limited by their oppressing stance on life, and the inability to take a joke.  And that's my opinion; I can't help but have it.

Post thoughts below, as I'm sure some people will have some. I just typed this out quickly, so don't bother correcting my grammatical errors if any are present  ;D

And once more, I'm not trying to be a jerk, or directing malice towards anyone. I would just like to get an opinion out here and hear some others thoughts, and hopefully issues like this can be aided (but something like this will never be permanently fixed, as it is life: ever changing and evolving.

Power of the Force 2 / Slides / Freeze Frames
« on: April 6, 2003, 07:18 PM »
Did the FF version of the Hoth Luke and Han come on cards? I know they were only obtained with the um binocular thingy... LMK.

Episode 1 / Commtech Chips
« on: April 6, 2003, 12:04 PM »
How do I use this??? Isn't there a way to store commtech sounds into the buttons? I don't remember :(

Power of the Jedi / variations
« on: April 6, 2003, 12:38 AM »
I know there are two different scout troopers, as a clean and a dirty version... Any other ones I need to know about? Chris already answered my bespin guard question.

Power of the Jedi / bespin guard
« on: April 5, 2003, 08:25 PM »
is there more than one bespin guard?

Modern Classifieds / WTB TPM POSTER
« on: April 5, 2003, 03:33 PM »
I just realized that I do not have  a single TPM poster. I was into my anti-collecting and buying stuff days when it came out, and I never got the poster. If anyone has an extra of just the standard image that was at the theaters, and wants to trade or sell it, let me know. I don't want the big expensive ones, i just want the normal ones. Does that make sense? Like I got the ATOC movie poster, the one that was in the theaters, for $6 from Walmart. I want a TPM like that. Thanks in advance!

Modern Trading / FOR TRADE: LEGO Republic Gunship
« on: April 5, 2003, 03:11 PM »
I have an extra LEGO Republic Gunship that is still in the box (but seal has been broken, as I was going to do a custom and then changed my mind). All bags are still sealed, and all books, magnets, and sticker sheet are present. I will consider trading this item for some of the POTJ and FF figures I need. Contact me if interested.

Saga '02-'04 / New Figs totally destroyed
« on: April 4, 2003, 04:07 PM »
Has anyone noticed that the majority of the new product getting out on the shelfs is totally beat up? I'm not kidding, at least a third of the new figs (imperial, rebel, padme, teebo, eeth koth, library droids, lama su, obi acklay, and dooku) are completely beat to hell. It hasn't been one store either. I travel with my job, and I stop at different stores all over the east coast, and it is something I have really noticed, and It has got me seriously wondering. I still do not have a Dartyh Tyranus because everytime I have seen him it looks like someone did the mexican hat dance on him. Anyone else notice this? Surely it has to be an issue with hasbro packing them or something? If I ever find someone intentionally damaging new figures his ass will be grass, that's for sure.

Watto's Junk Yard / Anyone going to see any movies this weekend?
« on: April 4, 2003, 08:49 AM »
Title says it. I am planning on seeing phone booth. The reason I want to see this is mainly for the fact I don't think Joel Schumacher (the director) can pull off a movie like this. When I say like "this", i mean in the sense that there doesn't seem to be much scenery change, and the movie takes place in one central location. I dunno, but Joel has made some crappy movies the last couple times out (can anyone say Batman 4???).

But it will also be interesting to see Colin Farrel and Joel working together again, as Collin got his big screen break out role in a Joel movie, Tigerland... So anyway, I am going to see this movie for these reasons... And I will be pleasently pleased if the movie actually turns out to be good, but I'm not expecting anything.

Watto's Junk Yard / I want to go home already
« on: April 4, 2003, 08:47 AM »
Yeah... so it's friday morning... I am the only person at work... even the secretary took off.... So I keep asking myself, WTF AM I HERE?  

But Fridays at my work are only half days... So it's all good... I'll be out of here by 12 AT THE LATEST.... But I still want to leave.....

Feedback / x-Jango-x's feedback
« on: April 3, 2003, 02:27 PM »
Hey everyone. Dane is a good seller/trader. I've prolly done around 4 deals with him in the past month or two. Good guy!!! Just don't steal any of my goods away from him!!! they're mine! ;)

Feedback / moroni_130's feedback
« on: April 3, 2003, 09:42 AM »
Did a deal with him a couple weeks ago and all was good. good guy to deal with, and good communication :) ;D

Power of the Jedi / Force Files
« on: March 30, 2003, 11:50 PM »
whats the deal with some of the POTJ figs not having force files?

Power of the Jedi / Best POTJ Fig?
« on: March 30, 2003, 10:26 PM »
I'm getting really excited about this line! What is everyones favorite figure, and why? I only have about 20 right now, so I feel as if I cannot voice my opion because I have an incomplete collection... The rest of you post below!!!

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / JD Chat Room Issues
« on: March 30, 2003, 03:59 PM »
it just doesn't work still. I'm sure everyone is aware of this, I just wanted to voice it again... Cause I am looking forward to chatting with people in the room  8)

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