Hi, Well, this is an interesting thread. My two cents are as follows.
Enlightened as this little corner of the internet is, there is a wide range of opinion expressed here, some of it nice, and some which is not so nice. With Noam Chomsky in mind, I may not like what you say, but censoring your point of view means applying the same measuring stick to mine as well. So, censorship is not the answer.
Standards of good taste? Whose, and applied by whom? My brother sends me stuff which he thinks is hilarious, but is, as I see it, gargantuanly sexist and racist. Still, he is welcome for dinner any day of the week.
There is the democracy of moderation, if that is agreed upon, but I can't see that working in such a polymorphism as the Mudcat.The peasants would be revolting
So? Whadda ya wanna do? The internet is indeed the last untamed frontier, where there are often no rules and no holds barred. Most of us are grownups. If you see something you don't like, you can look and leap or not. If you don't like what you see, then stand on your hind legs and say something about it. If enough people say enough similar things, your point was obviously wanting. If not, well, that's democracy, babies.
Although Mudcat is an interesting,provocative, extremely informative site in which to paddle about, it's also a microcosm of the world, with all it's wonders and warts. There.