These are becoming an unfortunate necessity as this site grows and the collective IQ plummets. Let's keep it simple.
"Don't even argue about it" rules
Remember, you are guests in another's house. You have no say in these. You are bound first and foremost by Ning Networks Terms of Service
(ToS) and then by those of AtheistNexus
. The guidelines at Dawkins
forums are a pretty good idea too.
Contrary to what various mumbo-jumbo shamans may feel, No Nonsense is not against any specific ideology per se
. It is purely against bad thinking, faulty logic and information abuse, misuse, and non-use. Atheists can and do spout nonsense about atheism and their nonsense is treated equally.
Copyright, quoting, citations, legal etc.
Soggy Glen (thank you!) supplied this handy guide
to the pitfalls of posting shit in the public space. Remain painfully aware of DMCA
(from Wikipedia and therefore false
) and copyright considerations, no matter how repugnant you find them. If you don't think they matter, they do
. Do not block paste entire articles - even if it is legal, it's rarely justified. Quote pertinent extracts and link to the original. Cite everything you say that is not purely personal opinion with valid sources. Being against nonsense carries with it the burden of ensuring everything you post is bullet-proof. Stuff that isn't up to scratch will see the oppressive jack-boot of responsible posting come stomping down and content may be removed.
Commenting in threads
To avoid confusion and the possibility of the wrong person getting bitten, please always cite the person whose comments you are quoting in this preferred format -
Username: quoted text
When including images, please link back to the original as well. Ning has the habit of shrinking some embedded content and detail may no longer be legible.
Maintain your sense of humour at all times
Though you may stand on the lip of the yawning abyss of stupidity, the only sane and appropriate response is laughter. Taking yourself and the world too seriously is how most people end up being cranks. Laugh and be damned. Humour is the great leveller and helps maintain a grip on reality even when all else around you crumbles.
Do not derail
Nonsense tends to gravitate around highly charged and emotive issues so please try and maintain your decorum. Everyone has their pet issues. Please refrain from launching yourself into extended idealogical monologues. The chances of anyone here not having heard it before are slim to non-existant and A|N is full of interest groups where this type of ranting is welcomed. Please use them. Also, beware of other forms of derailing
- you are supposed to be above it.
Feel free to award a Schopie wherever you see derailing in this group -