One Agonist tradition is that Agonists seldom know where the rules of the site are written, but often refer to them in the heat of battle.
Recently, in our last pre-SP-redux incarnation, Steeleweed published a set of Rules (click “Rules” on the top header row). So you know they exist and where to find them, at least for now – including “ad hominem” -brought up just today.
At this point. we welcome your comments and suggestions for changes to these Rules.
Rules of the site
We don’t have a lot of rules around here but we will enforce the few rules we do have.
We are generally Left of center on most issues and posts reflect that.
We do not require or expect others to always agree with our views or positions but we do expect civility.
If you’re not happy with that, it’s your problem, not ours.
Everyone has an opinion, but some are better supported by facts and logic than others. We have no objection to commentary from those who disagree with our position, but such commentary should focus on the issues rather than on personalities.
Make sure your opinions are based on more than hearsay, blind acceptance of MSM propaganda and emotional prejudices. You have a mind. Use it.
The only way to prove you have a mind is to change it when presented with new information.
That applies to you as well as to us, and we welcome enlightenment and hope you do also.
1) There will be no ad hominem attacks. See definition.
2) Try your best to stay on topic. Don’t muddle the discussion with comments on unrelated issues.
3) No obscenity. That does not necessarily ban the F-Bomb and it’s friends – we’re all presumably grownups here – but we all know exactly what this statement means. And if there are differences of opinion, it is worth remembering that the 1st Amendment prohibits the government from shutting you up. It does not prohibit your wife, husband, boss, The Agonist or that big burly guy on the next bar stool from doing so.
4) Be careful about the links you include in a comment. More than one link per comment will cause the comment to be held for moderation.
Links within a post should be pertinent to the subject.
(This is to prevent spamming. Spam will be removed – with prejudice).
5) Format: Insert the ‘MORE’ tag after the first few lines or first paragraph. This gives a preview of the post without taking up too much space on the Front Page. Keep your titles reasonably short. This reduces the length of the Recent Posts & Recent Comments’ lists, making them viewable without scrolling.
6) If you are granted the right to post here, any use of copyrighted material must fall within Fair Use principles. If in doubt, err on the side of caution. Better a link to an article elsewhere than a wholesale copy of its contents.
Any posted images should be personally owned or free to use under Creative Commons license.
7) Adding Tags and an image to a post helps increase our visibility on the ‘Net and is encouraged, as is paying attention to the SEO fields below your post. Selecting one or more categories for a post lets viewers locate subjects which interest them.
8) Some bloggers may start out writing posts which are limited to the Diaries category and these posts will not appear on the Front Page but can be accessed via a Category display. This category is intended for posts which are general observations and discussion rather than current events and news items. It’s a win-win – more people can blog and thus more posts are available while we still maintain reasonable control over what appears on the Front Page we present to the world. If a Diaries post is considered sufficiently interesting for a wider audience, management will remove the Diaries category and promote the post to the Front Page.