Rules for the "News, Current Events & Politics" forum

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Rules for the "News, Current Events & Politics" forum

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:46 am


[TL;DR - “play the ball, not the man"]

In an attempt to improve the calibre of discussion in the News, Current Events & Politics forum, we are introducing the following forum-specific rules, which are effective immediately.

1. Groups and classifications (e.g. Left, Right, Centre, Alt-right, Alt-lite, Alt-left, SJW, Progressive, Regressive-Left, Conservative, Identity Politics, Critical Race Theory, Liberal, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Globalism, Isolationism, Nationalism, White Nationalism, Communism, Socialism, Nazism, Anarchism, Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism, Third-Wave Feminism, Tea Party, Tory, Populism, Islamism / Sharia Law, Fascism, Anti-Fa, Black Lives Matter, KKK, Political Correctness...) may serve as a proxy or banner for a particular world-view or ideology, and can be critiqued without any problem, although preferably with some logic and reason behind that criticism – or even better, critique based upon principles found in the Dhamma.

2. Whilst you may critique ideas, you may not attack or smear members who ascribe to such views, or who are perceived by you (rightly or wrongly) to be holders of those views. This includes any infantile or churlish name-calling, such as calling members you disagree with "silly", "idiots", "stupid" etc.

3. You may not post anything which might constitute libel or slander – whether towards a member of the forum, or any other living person.

4. As per the Terms of Service, "we respect your intellectual and spiritual autonomy. As such, the staff here will not enforce reverence to anyone or anything, nor censor speech gratuitously. In keeping with this respect for your autonomy, we expect you to be personally responsible for your own emotions and responses". In turn, respect the right of others to hold a different view to you.

5. We do understand that politics can be an emotional or disruptive subject for some people. Therefore if you wish, you may voluntarily opt out of the News section by following the instructions here. Because participation in the News, Current Events & Politics section is entirely optional (and won't even show up in your "Active Topics" search, if you opt out), please refrain from meta-discussion in the form of complaining about the existence of such topics here at Dhamma Wheel. If they are burdensome to you personally, simply opt out.

Failure to abide by the rules and standards specific to this forum may result in access to the News, Current Events & Politics forum being revoked.

In summary, all members are required to “play the ball, not the man”.

Posts made from February 13th 2017 onwards which do not comply with these standards may be removed by staff without notice.

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns in relation to these forum-specific rules, please contact either myself and/or David N. Snyder.

Paul. :)

Last bumped by retrofuturist on Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:46 am.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)


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