Since the topic of the "proper" means of discussing a topic seems to be coming up quite a bit, I figured it would be a good idea for the political community to come up with a set of guidelines for posters to attempt to adhere to. The general forum rules are a good start, but I figured we could use some more specific ones for this forum. Guidelines should reflect the type of conduct that will be tolerated and the type of conduct that could be considered trolling/inflammatory. For instance, one such guideline might be that claims of events/quotes/etc. must be substantiated by evidence, ideally from an impartial news source such as the AP or Reuters. If this goes well, I'll make a sticky of the thread, or a new post and the community can direct people there as needed. If not, I'll close the topic. So, let's take a shot at some constructive feedback on bringing the level of discourse up a notch or two here. I'm going to be very strict on this thread in limiting any sort of verbiage that could be construed as an attack - regardless of whether or not it's intended as a joke. Don't name names or in any way discuss specifics of posts/posters. Keep it general, keep it clean and keep it positive. ========================= Guidelines [v1.0] The purpose of this forum is to inform and educate through a free exchange and analysis of facts, opinions, and ideas. To that end, the following guidelines apply: I. Show respect for your fellow posters Name-calling, eye-rolling, use of deprecating smilies, generalizations/stereotypes, etc. will be viewed as a display of disrespect and will fall under the heading of "trolling" II. Be willing to engage in fact-based debate Provide links or other form of citation to corroborate claims; uncited claims will be considered opinion/hearsay Repetition of opinion/hearsay as the factual basis for an argument will fall under the heading of "trolling"