Think before you post.
It seems from time to time people of all kinds feel it necessary to post threads of an unsavory kind. They come about because of shear ignorance. Ignorance of human nature, ignorance of natural reaction to change, ignorance of the language we speak and ignorance of the views you oppose. Because of this we’ve decided to post these simple guidelines on posting new threads and replies thereof in this forum.
Before you engage anyone in or create a new thread about politics, religion, your mothers or any other possibly offensive topics take a moment to review what you said, correct spelling or grammatical errors, and review it’s content for disrespectful remarks or words aimed not only at other members but other human beings around the planet.
I’m not asking that any of you abstain from this forum or any topics therein (if this is what keeps your insults from reaching their intended target then by all means please do), nor am I asking you to abstain from debates of any kind, anywhere; all that I ask is that you are kinder to those around you, that you think before you post. I ask only that you consider other’s feelings.
You may yet convert someone, not because your argument is sound (though this helps greatly) but because you respect those that you consider enemies, in doing so they will listen and respect you. You may not always agree, you may never agree, but in the end you will have taught them and yourself something new: civility.
If you want to delve into the matter further, read any of the following resources:
Netiquette Basics If you’re too lazy, or have little time read this, it’s quick
Netiquette Home Page A service of Albion.com
Netiquette information from Wikipedia
RFC 1855; Netiquette Guidlines Memo is a product of “Responsible Use of the Network (RUN) Working Group of the IETF”
How To Ask Smart Questions By: Eric Steven Raymond
On a side note: I do not claim to be above this, quite the contrary. This is the chief reason I don’t start those kinds of threads, or reply in a rude fashion to those started already (or, rather, at least I try).
PS: Calling people names is (almost) never justified, it only serves to demean your own character, not that of your “enemy.”