This site is split directly down the middle 50/50.
50% of the members want to be able to say whatever the hell they please, the other 50% get offended and think we shouldn't allow it.
50% of the members think they should be able to post classifieds for their stuff anywhere they please, the other 50% don't want the site to turn into boat trader.
50% of the members think it's ok to publicly humiliate someone they have zero business being involved with, the other 50% don't think it's right.
I could go on and on. The bottom line is that with 30k+ members and more everyday, it's NEVER going to be perfect for everyone.
The early days of OSO had the same issues as today it's just that people have forgotten. When the board was nothing but a bulletin board there were all kinds of morons running rampant, so much that Jeffery almost closed the site permanently.
This site can RUIN someones reputation in a heartbeat over 4-5 party information and only hearing one side of a story. Most members don't consider this or don't care out of selfishness, but we do. ALOT of uninformed BS gets posted on here. We have to look out for someones business or credibility before allowing an all out mob to hammer someone over a "papercut" type situation. It's not censorship, it's called respect for others. Most you would thank us if you were in a bad situation and getting slammed by people you've never met.
OSO is not just a little internet address. It's an enormous boating board that is rapidly taking the place of magazines and other mediums for boating info. People come here to find out about dealers, manufacturers, boats, engines, etc from first hand experiences. With that level of importance you have to have rules, and they have to be followed. The rules here are pretty slack compared to ANY other boards I visit.
Enjoy the site, and stop whining about not being able to break the rules set by the admin. They are pretty simple to follow and not very much to ask in order to keep OSO under control.