The Rules for The Beacon
Stay on topic.
Ordinary, everyday conversation is pretty much free form: "One thing leads to another!" There is nothing more natural than to let one's mind drift from one idea to the next. But... we cannot seriously examine a topic if we leave it.
Staying on topic requires effort:
Read the article... carefully.
Skimming won't do.
Find the OA's intent.
Reply to the OA
or to a previous Comment.
Cite the words to which you are Replying.
Citing avoids going "just a bit" astray... over and over... until the conversation has nothing to do with the Original Article.
The CoC applies to The Beacon :
Interpersonal Codes (essentially: 'be polite')
Content Codes (essentially: ‘thoughtful, relevant contribution’)
For The Beacon, "be polite" is interpreted as "do not insult anything ", in particular another Member's ideas. We ( homo sapiens ) identify intimately with our ideas - insulting our ideas is the same thing as insulting our person. If you do not agree with a post, then quote it and present your argument.
- Contribute! Agree or disagree... that's not a problem, as long as you supply your thinking .
- Do not perturb.
- Ask for clarification: "Do you mean..." rather than putting words in others' mouths.
- Ask questions rather than insulting others' ideas: "Does that mean that you don't think a woman is as competent as a man, in a leadership role?" rather than "That's misogynist!". My ideas are me; when you insult my ideas, you insult me. That makes me mad, and everything goes south.
- A nasty meme reflects on the person who posts it. Do not post nasty memes.
- Name-calling is childish.
- Help yourself to stay on-topic by constantly returning to the article to make citations from it.
If you have a suggestion, make a Comment on the Group Page - we'll discuss it. Inside the Group.
If you are unhappy with a Moderator's decision, make a Comment on the Group Page - we'll discuss it. Inside the Group.
(For the moment, "Moderators" is just me... but who knows for the future...).