I'm not going to get into a protracted arguement with individual children on this.
Facts are, rules of this forum require self moderation and agreement not to post anything that is deemed offensive.
A few people have voiced their concern that the content of this thread is offensive... that should be your cue to wind your neck in, not then rally on those who have expressed their distatse.
'sick banter'.. should stay in the pub, as per forum guidelines.
"Lighten up, Francis"
I fully support your right to be offended, for forum guidelines to be quoted when suits, and all that...
But all the same, different things said by different people are tolerated by other different people, all the time.
This thread from the outset was hardly dead serious, was it - and even if some people may well be anti-royalty, I very much suspect all of it was tongue-in-cheek.
Now you taking offence, or offence-by-proxy is your choice - which we're all free to do, also - but this self-moderation thing? That cuts both ways - nobody makes you read it, same as nobody makes you watch humour in bad taste on TV - you can change channels, you can turn off, you can also write to Anne Robinson, but there's the thing - nobody makes you endure it.
We could all spend all our time, trawling the forums, trying to find something we find offensive, or don't like or are bored with - but there's a certain redundancy in it. We'd be better served by ignoring it and moving on to discussions and threads about what we do like / entertains us / is something we find interesting.
Now by all means, if this thread is such an issue for you, feel free to contact the mods, if you haven't already. But you really need to valet-park that high-horse, there, slick - because self-moderation ain't just about what you post, it's also about what you decide to put yourself through to then feel morally outraged.