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Freedom of Speech

Yesterday, my headlining article aimed at those members who I feel let Chelsea Football Club down with their barbed and negative comments, provoked quite a response.

Whilst several applauded me for the stance I`ve taken, there were several that seemed to be under the impression that freedom of speech allows them write what they want, regardless of any implications their content may have,

So let me put the record straight!

Now whilst this may be an unofficial site which has always welcomed views from those who take advantage of its free membership, and will continue to do so, I, as the editor am responsible for everything contained within its framework, to the extent that I am liable for prosecution if anyone crosses the boundaries of decency. I think you`ll all agree that, at times, places me in a precarious position.

Returning to the ethic of free speech though, it has to be understood that there are limits to what is acceptable, there have to be boundaries set that abide by the laws I`m obliged to adhere to.

Whilst some of you may think there`s not a lot wrong with what you post, sometimes it does cross the line bordering on the offensive. In the past, I`ve probably been negligent by turning a blind eye to such comments - but no more.

In the past I`ve threatened to take action on serial offenders, a threat I now intend to follow up on.

Therefore, any posts that I deem to have erred on the wrong side of free speech will be removed.

Persistent offenders will then find that the axe will be swung and that their login will be blocked.

It may be a draconian measure but although I promote free speech, I`m not prepared to see this site ruined by a few who can`t abide by the simple rules set.

You have been warned!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday January 22 2013
Time: 1:01PM


Thumbs up sire...Baton wielding time is long overdue IMO...:) A wise man once said "People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use" I find this particularly pertinent on this site these days lol
22/01/2013 13:07:00
that wise man wasnt me :) It was Soren Kierkegaard
22/01/2013 13:08:00
I am in full support of this. Would be cool to see a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' option next to each comment and if a comment received too many 'thumbs' down' then that comment would be removed. Just a thought -
22/01/2013 13:19:00
its not draconian... everything has its limits, so is freedom of speech
22/01/2013 13:41:00
Very tough to objectively police this type of thing. Might be an idea to post up some website rules? For me I have no problem with a bit of banter with anyone, and I've already said loads of times that I'm well up for any indepth and reasoned discussion, but there are times when people seem to log into the site and log out of their brains. Having a set of reference rules would certainly help manage things? Just a thought ;)
22/01/2013 13:42:00
There is only a very thin line between free speech and common verbal assault and character defamation..
22/01/2013 13:46:00
i have a few names coming up already. Anyways good news. Some of the negativeity does border insanity. Some people simply cannot have a cool head.
Blue India
22/01/2013 13:48:00
Finally...finally finally....its been long overdue in my opinion....ride on sir!!! should only be for adults who can think and handle emotions...
22/01/2013 13:51:00
While I subscribe to this, care must be taken to avoid making this site look like weaintgotnohistory where its more or less a dictatorship. The suggestion by ForeverChels should be looked into as its nice. It will also be good if a set of rules is published for everyone to go through once again.
22/01/2013 13:55:00
Am fully in support of dis
22/01/2013 13:58:00
The only reservation about the suggestion from ForeverChels is if you have more negative people than positive people voting...The negative vote will carry the day lol....and it sometimes seems like that on here, there are a heck of a lot of negative bloggers..
22/01/2013 14:01:00
Nice one merlin, I think u can add a reply button to this too so the comments would be more uniformed..... I am okay with this inasmuch as it is a law that binds all
22/01/2013 14:04:00
@JohnnyOz - right you are mate, good point!
22/01/2013 14:06:00
Long over due me thinks...Would be a hard one to follow on,but hopefully it brings some sense of sanity on here. Top decision Merlin and its something we've discussed on the forums time and time again. I can't say everyone is innocent of not over stepping the line sometimes,but some people tend to over do it. I would also urge most people who have been away from the front page for a while to try and return. KTBFFH.
22/01/2013 14:12:00
It may be a good move. But i dont think it is possible at all. In any online forum if you try to curb the speech (whether by rightly or wrongly) then the loser is going to be the site(VC). Anyway lets see how it goes.
22/01/2013 14:14:00
Posted something to the effect on another thread about having a 'block' option whereby you wouldn't ever see that member's comments again. Not quite sure if that's possible but worth looking into I think. I'd pay for such a service on here. Then you would converse with like (used loosely, as debates are good) minded/well mannered people and wouldn't have to suffer the petulance of others!
22/01/2013 14:18:00
What's wrong with banning or suspending folks who talk rubbish on this site. I more than welcome it Merlin. If you think I cross the line on my posts, PLEASE FEEL FREE to suspend me. That will definitely sanitize this site. WAGNH do it I think and their membership still increases by then.
22/01/2013 14:43:00
Finally, the day has come when nobody is safe to air his/her views directly from the mind, he/she must consult with the wizard "Merlin", who would either give it a thumbs up or send you in chains to the darkest Dungeon..... Lol!!..... Maybe we should chip in our voices beside comments chanting, "Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill,... Or... Live, live, live, live, live"....... Anyways, this would be fun to watch. Hahahaha!!!
22/01/2013 15:14:00
Everyone supports chelsea here thats why they are here...they love the lub they want the best for it...but its doesn mean that they should support the player who is CONTINUOUSLY giving us nothig for past two years...if a player is the reason for our downside than everyone has the right to critize him..if a player dosnt not perform for 4 or 5 match or more you can understand thats his form is not good...but for two years he is still doing the same stuff and keeps on complaining...people here keeps on abusing and criticisng ron and buck because they are not dong their job properly becasue everyone say they are just the yes man...wether roman is doing wrong also they just agree with him...they just nod their head and dont give them proper advice...and here do you want us to do the same....i dont think critizing a player doesnt mean you dont support your player...its just he want that player to perform well so that he can help his team more...everyone has their own opinion own way of thinking own way of the end everyone loves chelsea
22/01/2013 15:23:00
Merlin i think you may have your first scapegoat...thumbs down from me @ Tugay08...Is there an 18 limit on this site? or do we potentially have 11 year olds on here? #justsayin
22/01/2013 15:25:00
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