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Old February 28th, 2007, 2:52 am
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REVISED: Character Bashing/Worship: aka Shades of Gray

Post-DH we're refreshing our rules on Character Bashing and adding a system of action so that everyone is clear on the system.

You do not have to like every character in the books. Many characters are frankly unlikable such as Umbridge. However, we do ask that you refrain from what we call bashing.

Examples:
Bashing: Umbridge is an evil troll who should be drowned in the lake!
Not-bashing: Umbridge behaved in a reprehensible manner towards Harry when she forced him to use the quill during detentions.
Bashing: Sirius is a nasty bully
Not-bashing: Sirius shows distrubing signs of bullying in SWM and my opinion is that this didn't change significantly in adulthood as evidenced by his treatment of Snape at Grimmauld Place.
Bashing: Snape is a vicious horrible man.
Not-bashing: Snape's behavior towards Harry and Neville throughout the series was unforgivable in my opinion.

There are two main things to keep in mind:

1. Many characters are beloved by fans. They are understandably offended by blanket statements implying their favorite characters are complete villains.

2. MAKE IT CLEAR THAT YOU ARE POSTING YOUR OPINION WHENEVER POSSIBLE. "I think Snape is a bully" reads more friendly than "Snape is a bully". A little effort goes a long way.

JK Rowling has written a variety of complex characters but I think without exception none of them are perfectly good or perfectly bad. To treat them as perfect heroes or perfect villains is to do Rowling a disservice. We need to acknowledge both the faults and the virtues of each character in our attempts to understand them. .

I don't expect you to love every character but I do ask that you respect the opinions of those who do and that you attempt to see both sides when you post.
To this end we're instituting a clear system for dealing with Character Bashing:

First offense: Owl is sent to member asking them to refrain from bashing and directing them to this thread.

Second offense: Member is removed from the forum/forums where the offense occurred for five days.

Third offense: Member is removed from the forum/forums where the offense occurred for thirty days.
As always if you see a post you find offensive use the report post function rather than replying in the thread and allow staff to deal with the problem.


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