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These are not hard and fast rules, only guidelines to help keep this a civilised place for public discourse.
Help influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.
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When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.
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Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:
- Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
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These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things.
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