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 […]
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.
3.02. Name Distortion.
Do not distort another Forumosan’s name for the purpose of insulting or ridiculing him or her.
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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
3.07. Back talk.
Do not talk negatively about a Forumosan in a thread where they are not participating.
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.