Clause: I've lurked a bit, read the TOS, FAQs and tried to dig through old posts to get a feel for what this site is and what y'all stand for. But I'm new, so go easy on me. We're all friends here, so let's treat each other with love and respect.
Where does Raddle draw the line on content that may be illegal, legal, or grey area? And how does this apply to the overarching politics/intent of this site? I can see issues arising if a subforum ventures into legally questionable territory, gets popular/a group of people migrate to it, and attracts unwanted attention.
For example, let's suppose someone makes a subforum related to drugs. I imagine there shouldn't be any problem with that, but what if the subforum starts becoming a community for people to meet up with one another and share these goods? Or someone provides shitty advice and a user ends up hurting themselves/others?
An even more ambiguous example might be, what if someone makes a "research chemical" subforum and the community starts sharing clearnet vendor sources while stating that these substances are for research purposes only/not for human consumption. This is a standard tactic that designer drug enthusiasts use and the results are mixed - the odd person has been arrested for receiving grey area analogues in the mail, some people never encounter problems for years, some people "get caught", tell the authorities that they have done nothing illegal, and have no repercussions (because indeed they have not done anything explicitly illegal).
I used to be a super cool cat a few years ago (read: drug addict) and interacted with folks on a subreddit called /r/opiatesrollcall. People would go here, post their contact information/location while explicitly stating I am only looking for friends, I am not looking for a connect. That may have been true in some instances but for myself and others, we were looking to score. It ended up getting so much activity that the subreddit was referenced in a NYT article and ultimately numerous people were arrested in undercover stings. Needless to say, it was shut down shortly thereafter and moderators reigned in the wider community with stricter rules and enforcement.
I guess I'm wondering if these discussions have been had yet and what the community/moderators have decided are appropriate guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable content. I'm not looking to be a rabble-rouser or anything here, just curious where the lines have been drawn.
Thank you for reading this far and I look forward to any responses!