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Recently a post was made containing what we felt might be considered, by some (our members or visitors), to be a "racial slur". This post was not taken down - as we STRONGLY, VEHEMENTLY and DECIDEDLY are opposed to censorship on this website. The poster, who is a highly valued poster/member on WeNeed2Know.com - as ALL of our posters/members are, was reporting an incident/experience that (as expressed by the poster) actually HAPPENED! We found this poster's report, like ALL previous posts made by this member, to be just as important as any other given submission made on WeNeed2Know.com. It is clear that, within the scope and theme of this site, THIS post MUST be treated and regarded as such: just as potentially significant and/or pertinent as any other given post made on WeNeed2Know.com.

WeNeed2Know.com didn't actually start out as a place where our users could "tell something" as they can now do. One of our original contributors actually suggested the idea of allowing people to tell whatever they may want to tell...show what they want to show. But it was clear, at that point, that if we WOULD allow this to occur...we were taking on a potentially hairy responsibility. We knew that if we allowed the public...the WORLD to "show us all" and "tell us all" what was on their mind, in their hearts and in their lives - that we would get an incredibly diverse cross section of individuals who would express themselves in ways that may be completely different or foreign to other members, users and viewers. How would we manage this? What rules must be set?

If you look on the WeN2K Home page or the "Top25Free.com" page - you will see the declaration:

 "WeNeed2Know.com and/or its affiliates are not responsible for ANY declarations, information, photos, drawings, documents or film that may be submitted by the world public...".

Well, if you think about it, this clearly suggests that we are taking a complete 'NO CENSORSHIP' stance! And that we ARE! But we still MUST have some sort of guidelines in place. And we want to clarify them more with THIS post.

Let's start with the two (main) declarations made on our homepage and "Top25Free" page:

1.No Explicit Material

As many of you "advanced" surfers know - there are websites on the Internet that have pictures and/or film of people getting their limbs cut off or showing the results of their unfortunate accident...all the way up to (or down to) explicit photos of injured children. Well we will tell you point blank...NO!! Not here! THIS is where we draw one of our prominent lines. There will be NO content (other than content deemed pertinent on a more universal level...e.g. in the case of the brutal Uday and Qusay Hussein "news" photos) showing the gruesome outcome of ANY human being who has met with an "unfortunate" fate.


2.No Pornography

What is pornography? His entertainment might be her pornography! Your entertainment might be his pornography! To many of us here at WeNeed2Know.com, the human body is a work of glorious art. It's what we do with our bodies that make it a Picasso or a piece of cheap meat. In other words..."nudity", by our estimation, is NOT pornography! An individual...or one or more individuals engaging/shown in various, explicit sexual activities (e.g.. oral sex and/or penetration) IS pornography/pornographic. Photos and/or film can be uploaded to WeNeed2Know.com. We will soon offer features/services to our members that will allow them to generate income from their photo/s and/or film. Will there be nudity? We foresee that there will indeed be. Will there be "pornography"? No! Never! We will work hard to make sure of this!

The two most popular, powerful websites in the world allow users to search for and find the most vile and explicit content one could possibly imagine. Our children can log on to one of these sites and find ANYTHING. I will repeat this because the reality of it is quite profound considering that they ARE the most popular, powerful search engines in the world. Children can log on to one of these sites and find ANYTHING!!...from pornography to various forms of racial hatred! Sure there is a filter that one has to opt into to see what is deemed "adult" or "explicit", but on the Internet - one's "inputed" word is his/her bond! I can be eight years old and tell you I'm twenty-eight! And guess what? The machine...the computer...the artificial Internet website intelligence magically believes me! It needs no real proof! Once we offer our upcoming, advanced services, WeNeed2Know.com will ALSO have filters as the major search engines do. But we will take a different approach. We will put the burden of deeming content exceptionally "explicit" or "adult" on our members themselves. If a member designates their submission "adult" or "explicit"...This will be reflected in how their post is displayed. If someone posts a nude photo of themselves they MUST designate it (via a voluntary check box) "adult content" or "explicit content". If they do not - their submission will be subject to deletion.

And, again, we reiterate that pornography will NEVER be allowed on/within WeNeed2Know.com.
This means that our filters will be filtering ALREADY regulated content. Regulated by you! We do not want younger users...either visiting the site or members of the site...to be immediately subjected to ANY obvious adult content! Of course this will be a work in progress, but we are ultimately hoping that our members and users will use their "common sense". And we will continually be working towards an ideal system with these values in place.

Now...on the subject of racial slurs and/or content directed at or focusing on one group of people. Outright racial hatred/disrespect WILL NOT be allowed. If your submission contains direct racial hatred, unless in the content of a news report, etc., it will be IMMIDIATELY removed! It will be YOUR responsibility to deem your submission adult content if it contains ANY racial slurs...even in a joking manner! If you do not – it is subject to removal!

What is our position on racial slurs? NOT COOL! But not necessarily grounds for deletion/censoring!

It seems there is a GROSS double standard on racial slurs and content these days. If you look at the media the obvious target these days seems to be people of middle-eastern descent. Because our country is currently at war it seems that many people believe it is "OK" or acceptable to make jokes about...or disrespect people of Arabic or Muslim descent. NO! Not on WeNeed2Know.com! There also seems to be a double standard with people of Mexican descent and Asian descent. This seems to be prevalent even on our primetime television! We feel that this is WRONG!!! We do not agree with ANY content, whether in a joking manner or not, that would make any young boy or girl...or ANY of our prized elders of ANY nationality...feel disrespected!

Whether you are African, Arab, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Jewish, Native...or any of our other glorious peoples...you WILL be respected on WeNeed2Know.com!! Our STRONG belief is that this world...OUR world...would NOT be THIS/OUR world with even one of our incredible groups missing, misrepresented, disparaged or disrespected! Though your posts WILL NOT be actively censored...we will doggedly require them to be respectful of ALL races, creeds, colors and (mainstream and/or peaceful) religious backgrounds! If you use racial slurs in a derogatory way...or post submissions that single out ANY race/group in a derogatory way...it/they WILL be removed - just as pornographic and grossly explicit content will be removed as covered above.

Bottom line...we want our users, members and viewers of ALL backgrounds to see WeNeed2Know.com as a place where they feel...KNOW that they can express themselves fairly. A place where they KNOW that they are respected and valued. A place where they will not feel uncomfortable knowing that their nephew or grandmother visits.


Again, WeNeed2Know will ALWAYS be a work in progress! Please feel free to post your views for us ALL to see...or feel free to contact us directly via e-mail ([email protected]).

We highly value your opinions, suggestions and viewpoints and WILL ALWAYS incorporate your interest/s into the continual growth of WeNeed2Know.com.

Thank you so very much!

Eblogger1


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