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The Forum Rules on Bigotry

Discussion in 'Suggestions and questions' started by vyo476, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. vyo476

    vyo476 Active Member

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    For the last couple of months I've been running mostly on gut instinct when it comes to the forum rules and racist posting. The idea, for me, behind banning overt racist posters is that we don't want the site to get clogged up with that kind of thing; this is a mainstream political discussion/debate forum and if we let the anti-semites know that we'll let them say their piece here they'll come pouring in and start adding millions of new threads every day. Before long there'd be more of that here than the political discourse the site was meant for, and I don't think there's anyone here that wants to see that.

    Still, we do like freedom of speech, and so that makes this a sticky subject. We don't want racist conspiracy theories to become the main focus of the site, but at the same time we don't want handicap people's ability to say what they want to say.

    Rather than making this decision for all of you I'd like to ask you what you think of the forum rules and what they should be.

    1. Should there be a punishment for anti-semitic posting?

    2. If yes, what should that punishment be? (warning, temporary banning, permanent banning, 3-strike system, etc)

    3. Should the same rules apply to anti-Christian posting? Justify.

    4. Should the same rules apply to anti-Islam posting? Justify.

    5. Should the same rules apply to racist (anti-African American, anti-Arab, anti-Hispanic, anti-caucasian, etc.) posting? Justify.

    6. Should the same rules apply to misogynist posting? Justify.

    7. Where is the line between legitimate arguments (disagreement with Israel) and racism (Holocaust denial), especially related to other subjects (like Islam)?

    It'd be helpful to me as a moderator to see what you all think about the rules. I can't promise that anything would change as a result but it'd be nice to see what peoples' opinions are on these things.
     
  2. Coyote

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    This is a tough area in regards to moderation.
     
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