Well, I'm not sure about swearing, as I've seen it here and on other forums on this site in other contexts, but nobody has complained then.
As others have noted, we are all adults, BUT I'd agree that the people who just make snide remarks about other posters on this forum should maybe go start their own site.
The Rule of the forums at This is MS are: use common sense.
For example, if you post an article from another site, credit it (and provide a direct link).
One of the great benefits of this site is that it is entirely independent. There are no corporate overlords, and thus no agenda and no strict censorship. If we don't serve YOU, we serve no one. Everything is fair game, assuming it is correctly classified and within good taste. If you can't find the right forum to post it in, just drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll set one up.
Off-topic subjects are encouraged! This is a site for the MS community, which is comprised of vibrant people, who don't necessarily just want to confine themselves to discussing narrow topics. Again, please keep things in good taste and you won't have a problem.
All that being said, the boards are moderated on a volunteer basis-- there are a number of people who have volunteered to keep an eye on the forums to try to make sure things don't get out of hand (illegal ads, personal attacks, revealing personal information, etc.). That being said, we cannot and do not monitor every posting for content-- all problems should be reported to the moderator(s); otherwise assume we have not seen the offending posts.
Enjoy, have fun, and please let us know if you'd like anything to change.