posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 09:17 AM
I'm fairly new here; and wanted to ask some questions and also make some suggestions regarding debates and discussion in certain forums on ATS.
Whether it's regarding sports, art, music, politics people enjoy discussing and debating; sharing thoughts and opinions. And at no point in reasonable
discourse are people's views excempt from criticism.
My worry is that users within forums such as Conspiracies in Religions
, Philosophy and Metaphysics
, Origins and Creationism
most prominently Religion, Faith, And Theology
expect to their views to go unchallenged because opposition to them would cause "offense".
Why do these discussions free from the reasonable discourse that is adhered to in any other arena of debate?
It seems people are expecting their views to be free from critisism or enquiry. Surely the cornerstone of liberty on the internet is the freedom of
speech that comes with it? Surely users cannot expect to engage in debate; and then be offended when a disagreement has been made.
I recently posted a thread in which i showed examples of how those with differing viewpoints could debate with civility. This thread hasn't had much
attention, nor have the thread that the moderator posted.
My thread can be found here:-
What i would like to suggest is a thread for the users in each of these forum, which clearly define the rules and expectations of discussion and
debate within these forums, clearly highlighting that offense may be caused; and that there should be no personal attacks or ridiculing, or demeaning
I apoligise for wasting time; and i'm quite sure the reasonable level of discourse is called for in the T&Cs, or other threads; but i feel such a post
would be a great reference for the users in the forum.
I feel this would also reduce the ammount of moderation required; users could reference the rules when they alert a moderator.
Thanks for your time.
edit on 24-6-2011 by ExistentialNightmare because: (no reason given)