No, let me break it down to you. If what you said was true, I would have said nothing. In fact, I would be participating in the cuss fest because my own verbiage is garbiage. I belong to a lot of forums. Most of them use cuss filters to "bleep" out many of the words commonly used here with impunity. And yes, I have seen a number of instances where these flames have burnt wildly on other areas of this site, not just the LL.
You're right, there is no rule concerning cussing specifically. It just happens and it's mostly ignored. I happen to feel that is a poor decision based on its affect on search engines and the way it reflects on the magazine. That's my opinion and I think I'm entitled to one. If the site operators say they listen to the feedback of its members, I don't think they mean only a specific few or those with a certain number of posts or only those who kiss the collective asses of the members with the most posts.
You definitely will not change my opinion about prolific and prevalent cussing. I don't care if it is the glue that you think holds this forum together. I don't care for it. I don't cuss in front of my customers, I don't cuss in front of my mother, I don't cuss in front of my neighbor's kids, I don't cuss in the store and I don't cuss in the lib'ary. Nothing you can say will make me think it's perfectly alright to cuss at or malign people that can't defend themselves. It's immature, cruel and completely unnecessary.
Allow me to make a few points perfectly clear to you my friend. As I had mentioned earlier in my responses to you, I made mention of the fact that if there was indeed a case where "flames have burnt wildly on other areas of this site, not just the LL" that the mods that pore over this board looking for such instances are quick to lock and move the thread out of that forum. Perhaps next time I should type that point in all CAPS in an effort that you wouldn't be so quick to lambast me with frivolous arguments that have no bearing whatsoever on the point you are trying to make.
In the end, friend, I could honestly care less about trying to change your opinion "about prolific and prevalent cussing" that occurs here. The fact of the matter is that it is indeed allowed here, most people are responsible enough to keep in within the LL forum, and honestly, that is good enough for me and seemingly the rest of the people that participate on this board. I have not seen a prolific amount of posts, save for yours, whining about the badness that cussing incurs here on these forums. Feel free to point me in the right direction if I am wrong on this point, however.
Additionally, friend, I do not enjoy you trying to shove words in my mouth, such as "I don't care if it is the glue that you think holds this forum together." It would appear that in my attempts to be as objective to you and your posts as possible, you somehow have mistaken me to be a proponent of the cussing that occurs here, which in fact, is simply not true. MPC has rules here, and I follow them. If the rules one day state that they will no longer tolerate foul language, then I will cease to use foul language. Until then, unlike you, I will use colorful words in my posts and threads as I see fit.
You mention, "Nothing you can say will make me think it's perfectly alright to cuss at or malign people that can't defend themselves." And who exactly are the ones that cannot defend themselves? Furthermore, who exactly are the people that outright cuss or malign people who can't defend themselves? Members of this board are and have been banned for being outright mean to people here, so again, your arguments at this juncture are null and void.
Word to the wise, and perhaps this is not my place to say, but I will anyway. If you have this much dislike for the content and behavior of the people on this board, who govern themselves within the rules and regulations as set forth by the mods of said board, then perhaps you should leave and not bother coming back.
After all, you did say: "I belong to a lot of forums. Most of them use cuss filters to "bleep" out many of the words commonly used here with impunity." If you perceive that the grass is greener on the other side, well, friend, don't let the door hit you on the way out.