New here and I have been reading over the guidelines. I am not trying to start off on the wrong foot, but it seems like big brother is watching. I would not have expected a board interested in skeptical inquiry to be full of rules that are rather subjective. So before I get kicked out of here, can someone set me straight on how things sway? I tend to be demonstrative in my opinions, and I have no idea what being polite means in a rational heated discussion. Some might feel that strong disagreement is impolite. I presume that we are not allowed to point out to the morons that they are morons even if it seems intuitively obvious? I don’t get my feelings hurt very easily so if anyone wants to point out I am a moron have at it. I also have a rather colorful range of vocabulary—something akin to George S. Patton. I suppose I will be flagged for that also, but I am who I am—but I will try. Lastly, I think all intellectuals should be concerned about the politically correct aspects (one might even say the smothering aspects) of academia. Am I going to get booted for being supportive of free speech rather than sweet talk or whatever fancy policies inflict the radical left? I am looking for a place that is willing to address topics with straight talk whether they agree with me or not. I would expect the same. Just wanted to do a quick shout out before I invest time in things that might get me booted.
Take a look at these rules and tell me these are not subjective? Are we after rational inquiry with subjective constraints? Good lord, this could be considered a troll so please boot me now rather than later after I have invested some time and thought into this board.
(e) “Trolling” is not allowed. This includes posting derogatory or inflammatory messages with the intent to bait an overheated response, as well as behavior that in the Moderators’ judgement is gratuitously argumentative, combative, or inflammatory with the apparent intent to prolong debate for its own sake rather than promote, defend, or critique a particular idea or point of view.
(f) Threads and posts are not allowed that in the opinion of Moderators are impolite, vulgar, nasty, uncivil, or otherwise disruptive to the good functioning of the either the Forum or to CFI’s mission. Free inquiry is only possible if we maintain civility. Abuse of forum members will not be permitted. In particular, abuse of Moderators for performing their responsibilities will not be permitted. What constitutes abuse will be determined by Moderators on a case-by-case basis, however in general it amounts to any racist, sexist, homo-sexist, threatening, harassing, or other personally offensive, vulgar or derogatory comments. Abuse would include so-called hate speech and fighting words.
Generally speaking, inflammatory, hyperbolic or overly emotive rhetoric is the sign of a troll and should be avoided on the CFI Forum. This community exists, first and foremost, to foster inquiry. Inquiry does not flourish in an atmosphere of heated rhetoric, mutual vilification or recrimination. Disagreements should be kept, as much as possible, to the issues at hand and not become overly personalized. To take but one example, pointing out a person’s lack of scientific qualifications when discussing scientific issues is on-point, but referring to someone’s political beliefs is not. Since they risk degenerating into flame wars, abusive forum threads or posts are subject to immediate editing or deletion.
(g) Threads and posts that are disruptive to the flow of conversation by being off-topic, or which in the opinions of Moderators were written to drive up a post-count or otherwise not relevant to the mission of CFI and its Forum are not allowed. They are subject to locking, editing or deletion.