Yesterday, this post
about the Discovery hostage-taking was edited (with the poster's permission) by Matt. The main result of editing was to remove the term "batshit insane" and the batshitinsane tag. I have mixed feelings about this. Is the term so offensive (presumably, to sanity-challenged folks) as to be unusable? If so, should it even be allowed as a tag?
posted by CCBC to Etiquette/Policy at 2:38 PM (42 comments total)
I have never used the tag myself but thought that I understood what other people were trying to convey when they used it. The debate in the cited post did go off the rails a bit on this subject, but that's not uncommon. By and large, Matt and the mods let things go on this site, rarely stepping in. This time (if I understood correctly) some mods found the language offensive. And some words would simply not be acceptable, but is this one of them?