The Rules of Rational Discussion
- Don’t attack people and don’t respond to attacks – report them and move on
- Keep your posts on topic and constructive
- Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you take part in
- Above all, respect others and their opinions….
- Be aware that opinion without evidence is a religion and this is not a religious site.
We’re here to talk about ideas, not the people behind them.
We’ll delete: personal attacks directed at anyone; all forms of discrimination (or posts that could be interpreted as such); posts we believe exist only to provoke or mislead; and comments that are commercial or repeatedly shared external links.
Treat people with the respect you’d like to receive.
Admit when you’re wrong.
You’ll come across opinions you disagree with – that doesn’t make them invalid. Challenge the evidence and the assumptions, not the person’s character
Keep comments and replies relevant to the article.
We reserve the right to delete off-topic comments to keep threads on track.
For example: in an article about solutions to climate change, comments that deny the science of climate change will be considered off topic. Those belong on the article about the problem of climate change.
Explain why you disagree or agree with something. Your reasoning is as important as your opinion.
“This article sucks”
will be deleted.
“I disagree with this article. Here’s why…”
“You’re an idiot”
will be deleted.
“Have you considered…”
Back up your ideas with evidence and fact where possible. Ask any questions you have for the author or your fellow commenters.
Aim to add a new idea to each approach rather than repeating what’s already been said. Move on if things get stuck.
Keep logical fallacies in mind when you’re posting, we want to build evidenced arguments that can convince any rational mind.
Check in with this site regularly to see where you and other commenters stand: Your Logical Fallacy Is…
Don’t post anything that may put anyone in legal jeopardy – nothing defamatory, nothing in breach of copyright.
Take responsibility for the quality of the conversations you participate in; only reply to things you consider worth your attention.
Report posts you think violate these standards.
What we’ll do
We reserve the right to remove comments that breach these standards and lock accounts of commenters who breach them repeatedly.
Replies to comments that have been deleted may themselves be deleted, either to remove the thread or because they don’t make sense out of context.
We won’t discuss moderation on the site. If you need to discuss anything, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org