Democracy Forums Constitution
Democracy Forums endeavors to provide a lively environment for friendly debate about politics and democracy, as well as a wide range of other topics. We invite you to join the conversation and exercise your political voice. Below are the rules members are expected to follow, plus notes about "Additional forum info/procedures" in the post that follows. Moderators are responsible for responding to reported posts, and enforcing the rules in general; they are also empowered and expected to respond to any situation that endangers the character and mission of this forum.
1. Personal Attacks
No personal attacks of any kind will be tolerated. If someone attacks you then the proper recourse is to report them, as responding in kind may result in both members having their posts moved to fools paradise and infracted. Also, Reputations given cannot contain personal attacks.
Harassment of members will not be tolerated. Harassment may include directing crude sexual comments at members, attempts to drive a member off the forum, repeatedly targeting them for ridicule, consistently uncivil behavior (including posts that don't explicitly violate other rules), starting threads whose topic is another member, and personal attacks.- This will be enforced in fools paradise.
3. Past Conflicts
Conflicts from real life or past forums are not welcome and attempting to continue them on this forum is prohibited and will be strictly enforced. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
4. Off Topic Posting
Posts must be relevant to the original post. Off topic posts will be moved to fools paradise, and if a member makes an excessive amount of off topic posts infractions will be given.
5. Derogatory Slurs
Slurs pertaining to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious group, gender and developmental disability are prohibited.
6. Prejudicial language
Because we want to ensure that everyone feels welcome, while also ensuring that people may express their views as much as possible, overtly prejudicial posts targeting members of a race, ethnicity, religious group, gender or sexual orientation, that are designed solely to mock or denigrate members of those groups, are prohibited. Posts simply expressing disagreement, moral/religious opposition or differing opinions on such issues are allowed.
Posts designed to mock, attack and insult posters, or the umbrella political affiliation of posters (Conservative, Libertarian, Liberal etc.), are prohibited. An exception to the portion of the rule pertaining to mocking political affiliations will be made for threads created in the humor section.
8. Backseat modding
Overt attempts to dictate how others post, by telling them to shut up, to go away etc. is prohibited.
9. Cursing and Vulgarity
Posts that contain excessive cursing or excessive vulgarity are prohibited.
10. Graphic Images
The posting of images or videos containing nudity or violence, death etc. of any kind is prohibited. Links to websites containing such images must have a clear warning, such as NSFW. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
11. Calling/Wishing For Harm
Calling for, or wishing for, the death or harm of members, political party supporters, private citizens or politicians is prohibited. People making such comments about DF members may be banned. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
12. Proper Names
All proper names of public figures and political groups should be spelled correctly and you cannot add derogatory terms to, or in place of, their name. George "Chimpy" Bush, Nobama, libbo, reichwinger etc. are unacceptable. Accepted abbreviations, such as "Dems" and "Reps", are allowed. This rule does not apply to signatures or avatars.
13. Member Names
Spelling of member names cannot be used for ridicule. If a member finds a variation/abbreviation of their name to be offensive, you must stop using it immediately upon being told.
14. Thread Trashing
Posting in a thread just to tell the original poster that their thread is horrible, annoying, stupid etc. is not acceptable, and such posts will be FPed. If the thread violates a rule it should be reported to staff, if not then you should simply ignore the thread.
Threads and posts created to bait, mock and provoke people are prohibited.
16. Thread Titles
Titles of threads discussing a linked article must use the same title as the article. Titles that are not will be changed. This does not apply to member written op-ed's that are simply linking to sources for their argument. Moderators will freely edit thread titles, or close threads, that unduly detract from the civil tone of Democracy Forums, by being inflammatory, vulgar, prejudicial or in some other way inappropriate.
17. Threads Must Contain a Question or Comment
All threads posted must contain a question or comment. Threads where the OP has simply copy and pasted an article or video will be locked, and the poster will be alerted by PM. The thread will be reopened only after a comment or question has been provided to staff and added to the thread. If debate is already present in the thread, whether to lock will be at mod discretion. This rule does not apply to threads posted in the off topic or humor sections.
18. PM and Reputation privacy
PM's and reputations must remain private unless both parties agree to post them. Any info revealed in them cannot be mentioned publicly. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
19. Personal Information
Using any of the forum capabilities from posts to PMs to reveal or discuss another members personal information, or threatening to harass them in real life, whether joking or not, will result in an immediate and permanent ban. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
You may advertise your blog, or if you own/work for a company that is relevant to politics. You may not advertise competing forums. If you want to advertise please let staff know so we can approve it. If you feel that a non political item should be advertised you can ask staff and, if we agree, we can make an exception. Because promoting competing forums are prohibited, requesting info about other forums is also prohibited. Members who PM spam may be banned. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
21. Multiple Accounts
One account per user only. Do not make multiple accounts. Proxy accounts will be banned. Repeat offenders may have their primary account banned as well
22. Signature Size
Images must be no larger than 175 pixels tall, and 650 pixels wide. Any larger and they will be removed.
23. Quoting Articles and Members
When you quote other members, you cannot change the wording of their posts. When quoting articles you must provide a link to the article. If you're quoting the Associated Press, you cannot quote more than a paragraph from the article, the rest must be linked to. Anything in addition to a paragraph will be removed by staff. - This will be enforced in fools paradise.
24. Repetitious threads
Disruptive multiple threads on the same topic will be merged at the discretion of staff, and the poster will be notified. If such posting continues, escalating general infractions will be levied. Threads in which the responses indicate clearly separate and non-overlapping topics are ordinarily not subject to this rule.