Rule #1: Avoid Depression Porn
I am going to ask everyone who posts and comments on this group, to make a concerted effort to be positive and informative. Feel free to share your delight, enjoyment and enthusiasm voluminously. Try to post five good things
for every one
bad thing you share.
If you need to share something bad, stupid or upsetting, stop and think:
- is it actually relevant?
- is sharing it going to do any good?
- is there a positive way of addressing the issue which you can make into a subject line
and opening paragraph, before going onto the necessary painful/stupid material?Rule #2: Argue Coherently
Actually, you don't need to argue at all. I'm quite happy if you share or comment in Senryu, Limerick or other poetic form. When you do engage in debate, please be coherent. Here are some excellent guidelines on doing so from Issuepedia: http://issuepedia.org/Issuepedia:Arguing#Guidelines