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April 17th, 2013 11:33 AM #101Senior Member
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Again - raw honesty and being straight up nasty are two different things. I go out of my way to be honest at all times on here, I've been told I'm rude SO many times that I have lost count - but NEVER have I felt the need to be outright offensive and use what's basically equal to a racial slur.
And yes, it's their website, they can do as they wish BUT - they are in the public eye. TONS of people from all walks of life read what they have to say.There is something that can be said to walk the line between honesty and being appropriate. If they want people to continue to read their opinions and take them seriously then yes, they should choose their words carefully. If they feel Carly is outdated - fine! But there is a HUGE difference between saying something is outdated or even unattractive and using terms that are highly offensive.
April 17th, 2013 11:54 AM #103
April 17th, 2013 01:11 PM #105Senior Member
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April 17th, 2013 03:55 PM #107Member
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I am just jaw-droppingly appalled by this entire thread. I remember when Beyond Jennifer and Jason came out, what was so refreshing was how Pam and Linda really told readers about the significance of names; their style, their image, their social mobility. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever read. If forum participants just want to know the meaning and origin of a name, there are a bazillion other sites out there.
Further more, I can't believe some posters' audacity in dictating to Pam and Linda what they need to change in their content. Stanley is unreasonable and ridiculous for a girl? Tell it to Barack Obama-- that's his mother's name. Don't get me wrong-- you are entitled to your opinions (and you seem to think I'm entitled to mine as long as they jibe with yours), but Nameberry is Pam and Linda's brand. It's their opinion I'm interested in. You think you're more of an expert? Go build your brand. Don't impose your ideas on theirs.
I've been on this forum off-and-on since the way-back days when Lola and Susan were the resident experts. I came back a few months ago and absolutely cannot believe how contentious and self-righteous many of the posters are. This used to be a fun place where folks played around with names, but now it's gotten weird and politically-charged and, quite frankly, full of bossy prigs. Where is the joy in this community? Cause I ain't seein' it.
April 17th, 2013 04:27 PM #109
I'm appalled that there's so much defense for homophobic commentary. Would you also defend racism in the database?
ETA: I think Pam and Linda are doing a great thing by altering the commentary for entires such as Lance's earlier one. I'm not saying, "Praise every name" or anything; I realize the commentary is their own and that the database is not actually a base for actual data most of the time, but I can't think of a time of place where calling anything or anyone "limp-wristed" is appropriate. Homophobia is not refreshing, and I'm glad Pam & Linda have stepped up and changed some of the commentary.
ETA again: I also want to say that I do LOVE these forums. I think they're a great help and a lot of fun, and that's why I participate here.
Last edited by lucialucentum; April 17th, 2013 at 04:47 PM.Lucia
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