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    MUST READ: New Politics, Religion, Philosophy & News Forum Rules

    We tried to create a new thread for politics with a clear directive on what is acceptable and it didn't help. So, now we are forced to take more drastic measures. Here are the new rules:

    1. If we find a post in this section of the forum that has to be deleted, an infraction will be given. No more warnings. No more Staff cleaning up after needless personal spats. If you troll someone, post a snide remark, or engage in divisive partisanship, YOU WILL BE INFRACTED. No questions asked.

    2. Two infractions in a thread will earn a permanent thread ban. No exceptions.

    We're playing for keeps now, so my suggestion to all of you is to seriously think about what you post before you press "Reply." Anything that any member of the Staff finds so much as questionable is all that's going to be needed to issue straight infractions from this point on. Moreover, before you hit "Reply," ask yourself if what you just typed is adding value to the conversation. If not, what is it doing other than moving the goal posts (arguing in bad faith) or moving the debate backward (a huge no-no)?

    Lastly, we're closing the General Politics thread along with this new rollout as it seems to be of negative value. Instead, moving forward, new topics get new threads. This will require you to, at the very least, properly quote an article to set the stage as it should be from the onset. It's also more likely to develop positive conversation (we hope).
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    Update:

    After a long, but positive discussion with the Staff, we've come to the determination — largely based on a user's suggestion — to reverse the order of the new rules of this forum as outlined in the OP. This new format should reduce the frequency of forum suspensions, but does not undo the spirit of our laws, which still require you to behave yourself while utilizing these specific subforums.

    The new format is as follows:


    1. If we find a post in this section of the forum that has to be deleted for partisan and/or divisive reasons, or especially in the case of trolling, flaming, or SPAM, you'll be removed from the thread immediately. If you troll someone, post a snide remark, or engage in divisive partisanship, you will be thread-banned. No questions asked. If you are removed from a thread and feel it's been done in error, or wish to question why, you may do so respectfully by messaging a member of the Staff. Rude, borish PMs will be subject to immediate infraction.

    2. If you are removed from numerous threads, and/or bitch and complain about being thread-banned in other threads, or otherwise continue to be a nuisance outside of the political subforum, you'll be infracted. As is the case anywhere else on the forum, this can and will quickly lead to escalating periods of suspension from the forum due to points accumulation.
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