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  1. A change

    by , 01-13-2018 at 10:25 PM
    For a while I debated whether I should post something or not. Given that my blog contains several posts that I've written in my role of administrator, I thought I should clear up some confusion that might arise from my silence. As of Jan 05, 2018, I have resigned from my administrative roles, and went back to being a regular member. The mentors invited me to join them, and I accepted that invitation.

    From now on, I'll keep myself occupied only with topics related to forging, and the ...
  2. On Profanity and why we don't allow it

    by , 10-04-2013 at 09:18 PM
    A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about the power of words. The topic got started because of a remark about profanity, but was not about profanity itself. However, in the comments session we got into a discussion about profanity. Due to the fact it was a discussion, I didnít have the opportunity to properly formulate the response the topic deserved. Today I started writing a response, but after 2 pages I decided it would be an article in its own right.

    So, about profanity ...
  3. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can truly hurt

    by , 09-05-2013 at 05:18 PM
    I know, this is not how the saying goes. But it should. Recently we had a situation where someone was upset that we deleted his post because he used offensive language. Or as he said it: people say he has a potty mouth, but he sees it as just using the words of a language to express himself, and words don't hurt.

    This made me reflect. That concept of 'sticks and stones' is as common as it it wrong. Yes, sticks and stones may break your bones. But that can heal. You can learn martial ...

    Updated 09-05-2013 at 05:21 PM by Bruno

  4. Why we banned gun control discussion

    by , 01-23-2013 at 02:02 PM
    Most of you who are regulars here and who visit the conversation forum, are aware that recently we banned the discussion of gun control and gun control politics. I thought I'd take the time to explain this in more detail. After all, this is the first time we ever banned a topic from the conversation forum.

    First things first: Freedom of speech, within the context of our site, does not necessarily mean you are permitted to say whatever you want whenever you want however you want, without ...

    Updated 01-23-2013 at 08:55 PM by Bruno

  5. Why we don't delete accounts

    by , 12-26-2012 at 09:15 AM
    Recently someone asked for his account to be deleted. This usually happens if the account owner wants to leave, and wants to be noticed doing so. Kind of like slamming the door when you leave the room angry. It doesn't happen too often, but every now and again, we get this request. We never do so. There are a couple of reasons.

    1. Sometimes people leave, and then come back. Deleting their account in between would be a hassle. And yes, this happens more often than you would think.
    2. It
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