Now, as I’m sure you’ve notice, I’ve just stickied new rules for both Great Debates and Politics and Elections.
Tubadiva and I have been working on these rules for a month or so as we took to heart the posts made in the ‘How Do We Make It Work’ threads in both fora.
I realize there is no way the rules will make everyone happy. No way at all. But I do think they’ll move things in Great Debates and Politics and Elections in a significantly better way.
While a lot of the rules remain the same or very similar I do want to point out a few things I think are important changes.
- Hijacks will now be more broadly defined. We want to see more and more specific threads. That means attempts to redirect them or to derail them are now potentially sanctionable.
- No more omnibus threads. In our experience, the large ongoing omnibus threads are the most contentious and lead to the most trouble for posters. Please keep your threads very specific moving forward. We’d rather have four topics about various aspects of tax policy than one overarching one covering all four.
- Forum Banning. A new sanction that’s available to moderation staff is the banning of a poster from Great Debates and/of Politics and Elections. Since these are the two most contentious fora, we’re electing to give people a ‘time out’ from here as a means of preserving valuable posters who may become temporarily overwrought.
I’ll respond to questions here as I can over the day.