Originally Posted by Malina
Originally Posted by USS Seawolf
Actually Malina has a point, and he states this based on someone who has been on the site for a while and who is familiar with the written rules of this site. Which include:
Members are reminded that they may post their own personal opinions but may NOT at any time attack another member of the site. MiceChat is a friendly and welcoming site. Users who create hostility or in other ways attack the members of this community are not welcome.
Please be aware that Political and Religious discussions
in the Gold Debate Lounge can get ugly, as most people have strong opinions on these subjects. If you must discuss them, please attempt to be respectful of others. All members are reminded that MiceChat rules still pertain to the Debate Lounge and we encourage people to use their reputation voting when members break the rules. However, Mods will not intervene on your behalf, nor will we reverse any Neg rep or Retaliatory rep you may receive on the topics of Politics and Religion.
While this rule refers to the Debate Lounge, it is inferred that discussion pertaining to politics and religion are only allowed in the debate lounge. They are not permitted on the open forums or the main lounges.
What is an attack exactly? We have all heard the term before. On a message board, an attack is when another member posts a message that clearly & directly is to threaten, defame, insult or make a mockery of another for whatever reason that poster felt compelled to do so (EX: "You are full of crap you liar!", "You are a complete idiot", etc). These boards are for discussions. There will always be differing opinions. You can disagree & but be civil and do not spread hate around.
Attack the message rather than the messenger. Posts, including comments, may be discussed, as long as it is NOT attacking and individual member directly.
Allowable: "I disagree with that statement."
Not allowable: "You're an idiot for saying that."
Up to this point this rule has not been broken, but has been skirted around.... and the line is very close to being crossed.
I have to admit that when I first saw this thread I did a virtual head palm... knowing after so many years on this site where it had to potential to end up. And while there has been some incredibly wonderful, insightful, through provoking and intelligent conversation and exchanges, it is also starting to push the boundaries of the site rule wise. Due to the nature of the topic of the thread, it is very hard not to bring up religious and overt political comments. However, continuing discussion and debate on those specific points will cause this thread to at the least be moved to the debate lounge, where only Gold members will have access, or be moved to the litter box.
For the time being, feel free to continue the discussion, but temper your thoughts and posts according to the rules of the site. And remember... this is a privately owned site
. Everyone here is a guest of the owners of this site, and it is those owners who set forth the rules that they want followed by the community at large. Posting here is a privilege, not a right.