Sharing the wisdom of common values
Rules of Engagement
Rule #1 RESPECT – Understand & Question before Disagree & Criticize.
Critical debate is essential to our agenda and anyone voicing direct disagreement with or criticism of the arguments of another must be seen to have understood, or sincerely attempted to understand, the others’ argument and to have related their counter argument to it.
Rule #2 RESPECT – No “Ad Hominem” attacks on the Individual.
Absolute no-no. Anyone having trouble with an individual should resolve with that individual, and involve moderator(s) in absolute confidence if mediation or moderation is considered necessary.
Rule #3 RESPECT – Duty of Care when using Rhetoric or Irony.
OK, but life (mine and yours) would be boring and sterile if we politely agreed with each other. So lively, critical, robust, intelligent debate is positively encouraged. What will not be tolerated is any perceived intent to circumvent Rules #1 & #2 under cover of rhetoric or irony.
Beyond the rules above, here are a few guidelines. The forum covers a large range of possible subjects which are undoubtedly interconnected in complex, dynamic and subtle ways, so:
Moderation / Applying the Rules
The style of this sub-forum moderation will be “soft-touch facilitation by participation” wherever possible, to encourage constructive & inclusive behaviour over destructive & divisive. We're all human, and experience shows that as the stakes grow and passions rise, accidents will happen, so better we know the rules now than debate them in the heat of battle.
So, when considered necessary, the soft-touch facilitation may be escalated in line with the following guidelines: