! * POLITICS * !moderated - created 02/08/04
Here in !* POLITICS *! you will find an exceptionally open forum for discussing all variety of political and social issues. Please come to this tribe with an open mind and a respect for different points of view. Because of its size and activity, !* POLITICS *! by necessity enforces standards of civil discourse. Freedom of opinion and expression is protected here, but not freedom of abuse.
By joining this tribe you agree to the guidelines below:
1) Personal attacks, threats, insults, name-calling, racist or homophobic remarks - really anything that is mean spirited or intended to degrade or antagonize, directed at members of the tribe, may have you removed. Even if you feel that you yourself have been personally attacked or insulted in this tribe, you may also be removed if you attempt to attack or insult in retribution.
2) Do not post personal information about other tribe members, even if that information is publicly available. Posts revealing other members' personal information (including photos or personal messages) will be deleted, and the violators may be removed.
3) It is your responsibility to report incidents of abuse to the moderator. When you do so, you must include a link to the specific post within the thread in which the incident has occurred. Don't expect the moderator to take any action until you do this.
4) The moderator has the final authority in deciding what crosses the line between acceptable and unacceptable language. He or she may enforce the tribe's standards of civil discourse in whatever way is most appropriate. Please don't make the mistake of assuming that your point of view will be shared by the moderator, particularly in regards to whether or not you have been treated fairly.
5) The violator may, in some cases, request to be re-added to the tribe membership after explaining that they will not engage in such abusive tactics any further.
6) Remember: discuss the ISSUES, not the PERSONALITIES of your fellow tribe members.
Avoid ad hominem arguments.
Criticize and thwart the opposing person's STATEMENT or OPINION, if you wish, not the poster him or herself.
7) Attack threads (i.e., topics that are posted with an intention to attack other tribe members instead of discussing political/social issues) are prohibited.
Guidelines for Civil Discourse
Recognize a person’s right to advocate ideas that are different from your own
Show respect for others
Discuss policies and ideas, not people
Use helpful, not hurtful language.
Agree to listen. Respectfully hear and listen to differing points of view
When unsure, clarify what you heard
Recognize that people can agree to disagree
Realize that what you say and what people understand you to have said may be different
Speak from your own experience
"Democracy is a means of living together despite our differences. Democratic deliberation is an alternative to physical violence. It is predicated on the assumption that it’s possible to disagree agreeably, that it’s better to laugh than cry, that one can vigorously contest the positions of one’s adversary without questioning his or her personal integrity or motivation, and that parties to a debate are entitled to the presumption that their views are legitimate if not correct."
"We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. "
Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.
– H.L. Mencken.