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Old 09-20-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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Is "Grand Wizard" an appropriate user title?

I'm not easily offended by any means, but I just noticed that many users had the title of "Grand Wizard" bestowed upon them by the forum, which immediately made me think of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Wizard

Just something to think about. I'm sure that no harm was meant when creating this title and I know that this community is a diverse one.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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I'm not easily offended by any means, but I just noticed that many users had the title of "Grand Wizard" bestowed upon them by the forum, which immediately made me think of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Wizard

Just something to think about. I'm sure that no harm was meant when creating this title and I know that this community is a diverse one.
I thought of that when I first saw it. However, I seriously doubted that the originators of the "Grand Wizard" moniker had any idea that it had such a dark meaning in the US. So, I thought no more about it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:24 PM   #4
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #5
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Society is rapidly deteriorating around us, starvation, famine. diseases and genocide abound, and you want us to think about a phrase?

Really?
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:38 PM   #7
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Society is rapidly deteriorating around us, starvation, famine. diseases and genocide abound, and you want us to think about a phrase?

Really?
Um, you do realize that the KKK advocates genocide, right? Anyways, like I said earlier, I'm not offended. However, I'm still sensitive to how others might feel who might be offended, which is why I brought this up.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Um, you do realize that the KKK advocates genocide, right? Anyways, like I said earlier, I'm not offended. However, I'm still sensitive to how others might feel who might be offended, which is why I brought this up.
Um, you do realize that "Grand Wizard" can have many meanings, don't you??

If you choose to focus on one particular aspect of that phrase, thats your problem.

There is always someone who will be offended at something........

Don't roll your eyes at me, you haven't lived long enough!
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:02 PM   #9
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Um, you do realize that "Grand Wizard" can have many meanings, don't you??

If you choose to focus on one particular aspect of that phrase, thats your problem.

There is always someone who will be offended at something........

Don't roll your eyes at me, you haven't lived long enough!
Ohhh, right, so many meanings, which is why Wikipedia included that helpful disambiguation page to let me choose which Grand Wizard I wanted to find...

Anyways, if nobody else cares, then I won't either. Like I said, this was for the benefit of those who might be offended, and apparently nobody is.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #10
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Ohhh, right, so many meanings, which is why Wikipedia included that helpful disambiguation page to let me choose which Grand Wizard I wanted to find...
Yes, there are only 2 options on the disambiguation page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Wizard.

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Anyways, if nobody else cares, then I won't either. Like I said, this was for the benefit of those who might be offended, and apparently nobody is.
Someone might also get offended by the gender-biased "wizard".
Someone might also get offended by the connotations of "addict".
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
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I'm not easily offended by any means, but I just noticed that many users had the title of "Grand Wizard" bestowed upon them by the forum, which immediately made me think of this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Wizard

Just something to think about. I'm sure that no harm was meant when creating this title and I know that this community is a diverse one.
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I thought of that when I first saw it. However, I seriously doubted that the originators of the "Grand Wizard" moniker had any idea that it had such a dark meaning in the US. So, I thought no more about it.
I also don't believe any malice was intended, but as a native Southerner, it was also the first thing I thought about when I saw it. MobileRead is an International community, and I'm sure the phrase has different connotations in different countries and regions, which is why it's never been a huge deal for me; but as U.S. citizens make up a sizable proportion of our International community, I certainly wouldn't miss the phrase were it to disappear.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:45 AM   #12
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Um, you do realize that "Grand Wizard" can have many meanings, don't you??
Possibly so, but the first thing I think of when I hear or see it is "racist dudes in white sheets." And I'm an active member of both Pagan and fannish communities, which talk about various kinds of "wizards" in everyday discussions.

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I also don't believe any malice was intended, but as a native Southerner, it was also the first thing I thought about when I saw it. MobileRead is an International community, and I'm sure the phrase has different connotations in different countries and regions, which is why it's never been a huge deal for me; but as U.S. citizens make up a sizable proportion of our International community, I certainly wouldn't miss the phrase were it to disappear.
I hadn't noticed it being used; if I had, I'd've checked the rest of the person's data. If they were from outside the US, I might assume it was just a cute way of declaring themselves higher-status than a "Wizard"; if they were from the US, especially from the south, I'd expect it was a strong statement about their political leanings.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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I also don't believe any malice was intended, but as a native Southerner, it was also the first thing I thought about when I saw it. .
It was the first thing I thought about too, and I'm born and bred in Australia.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #14
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