hello fellow hackers. lately, a certain topic has caught my attention, and that is the relation between null-byte and freedom of speech. because of recent conflicts also, i thought i would write an article on freedom of speech, and how it is applied here on null byte. in the hope that newcomers may better understand the concept of freedom of speech.
Null Byte has it's rules. though null byte is freedom of speech-friendly, there are still some rules you need to obey. one of the most important rules is how we treat newcomers.
one thing that is hated across null byte is belittling newcomers. you see, we all started somewhere. now think, how would you feel if you joined a community, asked a question about the subject of hacking, and get belittled because you are new to the entire subject? yes, it is not funny indeed.
so how does this apply to freedom of speech on null-byte? well, freedom of speech has it's rules, just like null byte has rules.
you see, if you are a racist, you are free to say your opinion, but you are not allowed by the law to shoot someone because he is black, white, or asian.
and it is the same on Null-Byte! if you don't like someone or you think someone asked a noobish question that shouldnt've been asked, you are free to think and say that! but please, bring your opinion accross in a civil manner. and don't go insulting people or any other form of assault.
besides rules, freedom of speech comes with responsibilities also. you can say what you want, but be prepared to take responsibilities for what you said.
what do i mean by this? what i mean by this is that you will encounter people on here who disagree with you. let's take it for example in real life again:
you may be a socialist on political views, but remember that not everyone is. there are capitalists, nationalists, liberalists, etc...
the same applies to Null-Byte. if you think OTW is a bad admin, that is fine. but be prepared that there are people who will disagree with that, and who will say OTW is the best admin ever. if you think my C/C++ series is bad, you are free to think and say that. but be prepared that there will be people who disagree with you and think that my series is fantastic.
furthermore, you are allowed to convince them of your opinion, but you are not allowed to force them. they too have the right of freedom of speech.
Here on Null-Byte, you are allowed to say what you think. but please, keep it civilized. if you do not agree with a post, don't just shout "OMFG HOW DARE YOU SAY THIS YOU ARE A HORRIBLE PERSON YOU SHOULD HANG YOURSELF!!!", but try to bring your opinion over in a civilized manner.
Others are also free to say what they want. this is important. you are free to say what you want, but so are the others. no matter who you are, whether you are a complete newbie to this forum to OTW himself, none of us have the right to oppress another person's opinion, no matter how much we disagree. the same applies to you.
Don't get pissed when people disagree with you like i said, people will disagree with you. but that doesn't mean you should go insult them, or worse. you are allowed to try to convince them, but do so in a civilized matter.
View null-byte as a workplace you see, the freedom of speech laws only shield you for freedom of speech against politics. the freedom of speech law doesn't shield you in your wokplace. when your boss tells you you can't belittle someone, he/she can fire you for it. the same applies here on Null-Byte. if you belittle a newbie, OTW can ban you.
Freedom of speech has it's limits, also here on null-byte. you may say what you want, but keep the community rules of Null Byte and the rules of WHT in mind. furthermore, take also note that freedom of speech comes with responsibilities.
i hope you all enjoyed the read.