Top 10 Forum Topics That Get Closed (Funny)

After over a decade of visiting and moderating various adult forums, I’ve compiled a list of topics that often devolve into flame wars and tend to get closed. Nowadays, most of these are also topics that get heated on Twitter. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments 🙂

flame war

  1. Abortion
  2. Gun Control
  3. Affordable Care Act (USA)
  4. George W. Bush
  5. Death penalty
  6. Global warming
  7. Confederate flag
  8. Immigration
  9. Creation vs. evolution
  10. What race of women is most ticklish?

A Busy Week

This last week has been eventful for the Internet, to say the least.

First, amidst reports of newly uncovered security breaches and rushed patches from Microsoft and Adobe comes news of another corporate hack, this time of controversial adult dating site Ashley Madison, whose database was compromised by hacktivists. According to UPI:

Security writer Brian Krebs, who revealed the hack on his website, said the breach was initiated by a group called The Impact Team, which alleges Ashley Madison retains records regarding customers’ names, addresses, credit card numbers and other data, even though it offers to erase a user’s data profile for a $19 fee. The group has threatened to publish the stolen information if the website is not taken down.

Also relevant to the adult Internet, Xbiz reports that UK legislators are now debating a licensing scheme for all porn sites, even those based overseas, although it is unclear how it would affect free sites (such as mine) that don’t use payment processors.

Also from Xbiz, we learn that a French MP, perhaps inspired by the British censorship program, is demanding mandatory ISP-level blocks on not only porn but also on other controversial speech such as firearms or gambling-related sites.

Lastly, as if for comic relief, WaPo reports that GOP presidential hopeful and court jester Senator Ted Cruz, who famously misconstrued Net Neutrality as a low-income Internet subsidy, is now stalling an important, bipartisan-supported Internet policy bill because of overblown concerns that passing it would allow the Internet to be “handed over” to foreign countries.

Comcast’s Sneaky Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

According to pro-Internet group Fight for the Future, US Internet giant Comcast is trying to kill Net Neutrality by sneaking a provision into a must-pass financing bill in Congress. From the FFTF press release:

Two years ago, Congress shut down the entire federal government because they couldn’t agree on a funding bill. Now, Comcast is angling for a repeat — unless the new Net Neutrality rules are gutted.

It’s a ridiculous, offensive strategy that plays with the livelihood of government employees everywhere. Join me and tell Congress to listen to the millions of Americans who spoke out in favor of Net Neutrality and leave the rules alone.

~ Charlie

This is Comcast’s sneakiest, most underhanded attack yet. They’re trying to sneak three anti-Net Neutrality provisions into a must-pass funding bill, betting that Congress would rather kill Net Neutrality than risk shutting down the entire federal government again.

Their hope is that Net Neutrality supporters succumb to the pressure to pass any funding bill to avoid another shutdown, giving them an opening to sneak through a provision to kill Net Neutrality.

Tell Congress: Don’t do Comcast’s dirty work. Protect the open Internet and preserve Net Neutrality.

Comcast’s friends in Congress have already buried three provisions hundreds of pages deep in the House bill, and any one of them would be enough to kill Net Neutrality. The Senate is poised to take up the issue in the next two weeks, which means that now is the time to take action to protect Net Neutrality.

Tell Congress: The new Net Neutrality rules are the strongest protections for the open Internet in history. Don’t gut the rules for Comcast!

It’s ridiculous that Net Neutrality still has to be debated. The rules are simple protections that say four basic things:

  • Cable Companies and their friends in government can’t block you from visiting a website. So you can visit any site that you want.
  • They can’t slow down access to websites. So the sites you want to visit will come to you as quickly as the sites Comcast wishes you were visiting.
  • They can’t speed up or make certain websites load faster. This is absolutely critical, because if they could speed up certain sites, that functionally means slowing down other sites.
  • They can’t get between you and any content, application, service, or anything else that you want to access online. That is explicitly one of the rules. Just in case the other rules don’t cover something.

And on top of that, there are absolutely no new taxes or fees anywhere in the rules. At all.

These rules are simple, powerful protections for the open Internet — and we have them because of millions of people like you taking action. Now, we need to speak out again to make sure Comcast and Congress can’t get in the way.

Tell Congress to let the FCC implement the new Net Neutrality rules.

Thanks for standing up for the open Internet,
Charlie and the FFTF team

The petition in favor of Net Neutrality is available at the following link:

FCC Commissioner Claims Internet Isn’t Necessary

FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly raised some eyebrows in a recent speech in which he declared that the Internet is not a necessity, much less a human right, in a modern, industrialized country like the USA. Notably, O’Rielly was one of two votes against Title II regulation and Net Neutrality.

As an article at Telecom TV puts it, “[I]nternet access is not in the same league as the fundamental caveman essentials of fire, food and water, but for an FCC commissioner to say that it is not a necessity in the day to day lives of a major industrialised nation such as the USA is just plain wrong.”

More at Infoworld, which points out that the Internet is about much more than just consumers and now powers much of the economy

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Europe and the Internet

Last week saw a number of Internet-related developments in Europe.

First, Europe is beginning its struggle for Net Neutrality:

Next, in a surprising move, Germany plans to restrict sales of adult e-books based on time of day. This absurdly naive plan completely ignores how the Internet works and will do absolutely nothing to keep erotic material away from minors.

Lastly, but unfortunately not surprisingly, UK Prime Minister David Cameron continues his crusade to destroy the Internet. This time, he wants to outlaw the use of encryption (or more precisely, mandate that back doors be built into software), supposedly to ensure that lawful warrants can be served. However, such policies in reality would mostly help cyber criminals and unfriendly foreign hackers who are already stealing vast amounts of financial and personal data, ranging from last year’s infamous retail credit-card breaches to the recent compromise of US government personnel databases. I highly recommend reading this entire article by at Extreme Tech: