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3.00. Big Tent.

Forumosa is a “big tent” discussion forum that welcomes a broad range of opinions – Forumosans hail from many countries and cultures. From time to time you are likely to disagree with what you read on Forumosa. Please do not take these differences of opinion personally. Mere disagreement with your views does not grant you […]

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3.01. Personal Attacks.

Do not post personal attacks or engage in name-calling against other Forumosans. We disapprove of any behavior intended to discourage discussion, or preemptively label a particular point-of-view as inappropriate or unwelcome. Such behavior makes thoughtful and open discussion virtually impossible.

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3.02. Name Distortion.

Do not distort another Forumosan’s name for the purpose of insulting or ridiculing him or her.

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3.03. Mocking the Messenger.

If you disagree with someone, please stick to the message rather than mock the messenger. For example, if someone posts factually incorrect information, it is appropriate to say, “your facts are wrong,” but it is inappropriate to say, “you are a liar.”

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2.01. Bigotry.

Do not post hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, ethnic, or anti-religious (including anti-agnostic and anti-atheistic) bigotry. Unambiguous expressions of bigotry will be deleted, and will often result in the immediate suspension (possibly indefinite) of the individual responsible.

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3.04. Name-calling.

3.04. Name-calling.

Do not disparage another Forumosan as a liberal, a conservative, a troll, or any other label used pejoratively. Do not try to come up with cute ways of skirting around the Spirit of the Rules. On the flipside, if you think someone is being disruptive, PM the moderator(s) of that forum with a link to […]

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3.05. Sweeping Statements.

Strictly speaking, sweeping statements about entire groups of people are NOT considered personal attacks. However, they are often inflammatory and counterproductive and the moderators have broad discretion to remove such posts in the interests of keeping the peace on the message board.

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3.06. Stalking.

Do not “stalk” another member from one discussion thread to another. Do not “follow” someone into another thread to try to continue a disagreement you had elsewhere.

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3.07. Back talk.

Do not talk negatively about a Forumosan in a thread where they are not participating.

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3.08. Flame-baiting.

Do not start a new discussion thread with the purpose of “calling out” another Forumosan or to pick a fight with a Forumosan. Exercise judgment when starting threads; inflammatory rhetoric has rarely been observed to lead to productive discussion.

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2.02. Least-bigoted interpretation.

If it is not clear whether a comment is bigoted, we will generally give the benefit of the doubt and assume the least-bigoted interpretation. However, individuals who repeatedly post borderline-bigoted comments will be considered bigots and will be removed.

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2.03. Political correctness.

When discussing race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion, please exercise the appropriate level of sensitivity toward others and take extra care to clearly express your point of view in a non-hateful manner. This will help avoid misunderstandings and undeserved accusations of bigotry.

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1.01. Spirit of the Rules.

Writing a comprehensive set of rules forbidding every type of antisocial behavior that offends us is impossible because we each have different views about appropriate behavior and different levels of tolerance about behavior we do not condone. Therefore, that the rules may not forbid a certain type of writing does not mean that such uncivil […]

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1.02. Common decency.

Every member of this community has a responsibility to participate in a respectful manner, and to help foster a community atmosphere where thoughtful discussion is valued. You are strongly advised to exercise a little common decency, and resist parsing these forum rules for loop holes about what antisocial behavior is not forbidden. Instead, please read […]

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