Dear Forum Members,
As election season winds down, it is imperative that everyone remember the most important rule of Terraforums:
Based on past observations, I was actually impressed (for the most part) at the tone of the many political discussions, until recently. So I offer this general warning:• Be kind and tolerant. Our membership consists of many different people from many different walks of life with different cultural and political views. Please remember everyone is entitled to their feelings and their opinions. Feel free to post your thoughts, ideas, advice and opinions, but NO PERSONAL ATTACKS or PUBLIC ARGUEMENTS will be tolerated. We are reasonably open on discussion topics and if you find a topic distasteful or offensive, do not read or participate in the topic. Having said that, if you are concerned about anything posted, please don't hesitate to contact a Moderator. The same rules regarding respectful behavior apply to PMs. Harrassment or abuse through PMs is not allowed and can be grounds for warnings/banning.
• Think before you post. If there is something that you want to add to the conversation, great, but read what you have written before you post it in a public forum. Make your posts of a contributory nature; don’t waste forum space (for example, don’t post 10 smileys and nothing else). If you have a question, try using the search function first - your query might already have been answered previously.
Anyone who comes even close to making a personal attack, judging the person behind the post, or belittling other members for any reason will be given a three day temporary ban, no questions asked. Your post will be deleted in its entirety, and the conversation will continue without you for three days.
There is a difference between being passionate and being obnoxious, rude, or disrespectful. And the moderating team will not tolerate it. Discuss the conversation, not the motivations or the intentions of the person.
So, that being said, my expectation of everyone here who is considering posting in what could be considered a controversial topic is to reread what you have typed before clicking submit. If you think about going for a low blow, think again. If you go ahead and submit questionable material then you'll have three days to think about it in the seclusion of banned land.
I'm glad we are all in agreement on this topic, and appreciate everyone remembering that this forum is for the spirit of discussion and conversation.