Hello and Welcome to our first (but hopefully not last) debate thread! First off, READ ALL THE RULES. This is not a normal thread. Failure to follow the rules will result in you being locked out of the thread until the debate's conclusion.
In participating in this thread, you get one shot. First time you break the rules, you are out of the debate. We will start on an honor system that you cease posting once you are notified you have broken the rules, if you continue to post despite that, I (AdinaL) will lock you out of the thread and you will not regain access until the conclusion of the debate. (This means you won't be able to read the discussion until it's closed and over.)
*No insults or name calling. This includes commenting on the person's level of education/informedness/knowledge.
*You are expected to provide links to things that back up your argument. We're not going on gut feelings here, but on actual research. Likewise, you must provide commentary with any links you post, not just the link itself.
*People are free to question your resources.
*You may question a resource, but you may not dismiss it. i.e. "I would like to see if anyone else has reached that same conclusion, do you have any other sources, or a direct link to the study?" is fine. "That doctor is a quack. Give me something else." is not. Our purpose is to encourage people to look critically at things.
*The discussion is on the argument being put forth, or on the resources people link to - not about the person presenting it. In other words, you are free to question why someone believes that, what the study points to that tells them that, but you cannot say it is because someone lives someplace specific, or is a certain religion, or because that person is too young/old/strange, etc.
*Generalizing about populations of people is discouraged. Keep the arguments specific - no "everyone knows that x group does this" or "well those people do this because of that"
*You may not post links to whale.to, you may also not post links to your own website.
*You may not requote yourself to make a point. If someone asks for more information, they want more information, not the same information in bigger font.
*Participate in the conversation, don't post drown out everyone who disagrees with you. (i.e. no repeated posting or overwhelming the thread with information)
*Do not report posts in this thread! We don't want to kill the mod. This is AdinaL's thing, and she will be monitoring the thread for infractions. If you see something you want reviewed, PM her.
*Posts that break the rules will be deleted from the thread and a post will be made notifying you of your infraction and to stop posting.
*Overall, think carefully about what you post. This is not an off the cuff posting spree, but a carefully thought out debate.