Joining Dots and Weaving Threads

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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:


  • In each sub-forum post we should try to “stick to the point” - that is our own point as well as any existing point to which it is a response – select, snip, quote and refer as necessary.
  • If you are linking several points in one post, please try to identify them and their relationships.
  • If your argument requires a longer piece of writing, such contributions are more than welcome, but should be offered as links and attachments if possible.
  • Anyone posting over 200 words in a single post should stop and think of these rules.
  • Anyone posting 600 words or more will be asked to re-frame as a linked essay or article.

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:

  • Private suggestions / reminders of rules. (By forum moderator).
  • Public suggestions / reminders of rules. (By forum moderator).
  • Private warnings of possible deletion / blocking for persistent transgression or ignorance of the rules. (By forum moderator).
  • Immediate deletion or temporary blocking of specific abuses, with or without notice. (By forum moderator).
  • Public warnings of possible long-term deletion / blocking for persistent transgression or ignorance of the rules. (By the forum moderation team).
  • Public exclusion. (By the forum moderation team).


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