Duke of Earl said
I find it interesting that the use of IMO is frowned upon in this forum . . .
Not in the least. But adding "IMO" does not elevate an insultingly expressed opinion to acceptable.
We strive for a community where adding IMO is wholly unnecessary; we know it is the writer’s opinion and he should never need to add IMO or an emoticon to soften his presentation to make it socially acceptable.
Since you have not stated this clearly, is this a general statement or are you referring to a specific instance or specific instances ? If the moderator thinks something is insulting he can simply excise the post. So, this is really a non-issue since insults are not allowed.
You stated that using IMO is not frowned upon here, but "We strive for a community where adding IMO is wholly unnecessary … ". I do not see why an audio community should strive for such a thing. If a someone wants to emphasize such and such, in his or her opinion, what’s the harm in saying so? What is the point of trying to strive for linguistic conformity in this matter? Sorry, I don’t see it. I do not believe in audio political correctness. On the other hand, if IMO is being used to cover up something “insulting”, then whatever is perceived as being “insulting” can be excised by the moderator if he feels there is something offensive in the comments. So, it’s really a moot point. Since the moderator controls these things the forum cannot deteriorate into a place where these kinds of things are allowed to happen. In which case the use of IMO or IMHO cannot be seen as “covering up” anything.
You stated that a writer “should never need to add …” IMO. This may be so, but if one feels like adding IMO of IMHO is one context or another then I don’t see how this could be perceived as a problem. Respect for one another should be the basis for all communication here. That’s pretty clear. In fact, I have yet to see an “insultingly expressed opinion” on this forum. I assume the moderator would not allow such posts and that he has already excised them. There are lots of differing opinions and some sharp rebuttals here but I have yet to read any insults. Since we cannot know if any given person has perceived one comment or another as insulting this may not include where a poster may have taken a specific comment as an insult. In such a rare case one assumes the moderator would have excised the comment if he had perceived it as insulting. So, it seems to me this is a moot point.