|Board Rules & FAQ|
|Welcome. There's a forum here for almost all, to see click the graphic in the corner. Remember what everyone has here in common: the desire to make the world a better place as they perceive it. Respect that, & the free speech that comes first here. "Truth is from the union of opinion".
A-offensive (vulgarity or immature insults (II)*) by topic author may be closed.
B-explicitly sexual, illegal, violent**, intrusive***, or OO (over-offensive=sordid or >1 type A per day) may be edited.
C-spam may be deleted, but for DD & TT spam preferably edited or closed. SS spam is deleted.
D-misplaced may be moved at our discretion. Courtesy changes (CC) requested or to improve board may occur.
SERIOUS VIOLATION OF RULES OR UNANIMOUS "TROLL" DESIGNATION BY S.MODERATORS CAN GET YOU BANNED.
1-self-solicitation (ss) (linking any web site you are substantially affiliated with aside from on your profile)
2-definite disruption (dd) (mentioning other forums/chats, excess repetition/misplacement/distortion****)
3-too-many topics (tt) per day (ET) on one board or consecutive replies in one topic from a user (max. 3 each)
SPAM WARNING: Posting self-solicitation on our site costs $5000 each (we will give it to charity). Violators are legally liable for this amount plus our legal fees & damages. Your use of this board signals your agreement to this, and that we may hold you personally liable for these funds (not shielded by any entity).*****
IMPORTANT: read the special News board requirements:
*II=containing schoolyard insults directed at a user on the site (incl. family) or group of users on that board
**especially graphic images or posts potentially promoting violent crime
***containing any home address, any telephone number, or a known user's first & last name (non-user name)
****fabrication including all altered quotes but not clear humor posts, mostly CAPS (not incl. initials) or needless characters in title (e.g. >3 sequential punctuation), damaging or distracting fonts (mostly size >2) & files, or activities deemed disruptive by the admin.
*****those who continue to post dd spam (after an explicit private warning by the admin) face & agree to same penalty.
Bulk PMs & pictures are treated similarly. See FAQ/Terms for more. We're not experts or arbiters of fact or law; users are exclusively responsible for their actions. Proxie IP prohibited.
Perspectives aims high & is not for everyone. To stay you must be able to discuss issues in a mature manner -- free speech is about philosophical liberty and is not a license for lunacy. We're a demanding operation made possible by generous volunteers -- do not take from this site more than you are willing to give, at minimum by adhering to the rules.
How do I post a topic?
Pick the proper board (you can see them all by clicking the graphic at the top left) then click "new topic" at the top right of the screen to post.
Why did you close/edit/delete my post?
Because it violated the rules. The top violations are immature insults**, vulgarity & spam including clearly posting on the wrong board: certain ones are affiliation-specific, age-specific, and subject-specific. To stay on the top two US boards it must meet the special news board requirements. Use of mostly CAPS or needless characters (in subject/description) or large fonts (in message) is also DD spam. We use something similar to "rule of law" (rule of rule!) in that we measure posts against the site rules rather than any personal bias. Moderation disagreement amongst our moderators is resolved by a democratic violation vote (VV).
Is this site left or right wing?
Neither. It has both a liberal & conservative board, and combination boards regulated by a balance of both liberal and conservative moderators.
Why did you move my topic?
We place topics on boards we believe to be the "best fit" at the exclusive judgment of moderators. Complaints about this are generally the poorest thought out comments we receive, please respect this site has a carefully designed structure to accommodate the highest number of users and encourage specialty debate. Routine misplacement of topics by a user will result in closure (dd spam misplacement). Improperly placed topics on the news boards will generally be closed unless they are both a) properly formatted and b) strongly belong elsewhere. No topics will generally be moved off the 2 partisan boards (conservative/liberal).
What's with the news boards?
The 2 news boards have a special policy to ensure relevancy, and moderators review posts to meet it. Topics violating this policy will be closed, but those not reviewed within one hour will be updated for you if the linked article appears to have changed. After review your topic will be left open & unedited even if the article changes. Titles that are too long for our software should be continued in the description.
What about excerpts?
We will generally moderate excerpts anywhere here of more than 25% of an external print article per topic per user. This is for reasons of copyright.
Why is my topic on UU2?
The UU2 board is for conspiracy topics deemed unconventional & unconfirmed by site moderators.
What are II (immature insults)?
"Schoolyard" is the definition of violation we use to moderate immature insults in new topics or in too many posts directed at users, their families, or groups here. We don't consider extreme political & moral terms that lack juvenile motivation to count, for example "evil", "fascist", "communist", "racist".
Typical immature insults include "idiot", "stupid" and other terms that aren't conducive to mature debate. You are limited to 1 post per day directed at users on the site or groups on a board (i.e. you may however freely insult liberals as a group on the conservative board and vice-versa).
We will consider name variations to be a violation if the root word is schoolyard in nature, e.g. "Bush-bot" is not as it is a variation of the word "robot". Political party name variations however such as "Repuglican" & "Democrap" are considered II though as we include college-style! Abbreviations are ok, e.g. "Reps" and "Dems".
Such animal insults that refer to pigs, primates, pussies & pests (common) are also a violation.
Why was I banned?
We ban users for serious rule violations (particularly over-offensive behavior, SS spam, or repeated violation of other rules) & trolling (unanimously designated by Moderators). Occasionally users get banned accidentally because their IP matches another user. Email us if that happens.
What's the difference between "vulgar (offensive)", & "sordid (over-offensive)" behavior?
Offensive is generally profanity (vulgarity) or immature insults**. Too much (2+ posts/day ET) use of one or the other is considered over-offensive as is anything sordid. Sordidness is defined here as what would make an average person disgusted at the author. Quoting, inserting, or linking to any of the above for the purpose of being offensive can count as a violation by yourself depending upon the severity. Acronym, initialed, or censored profanity counts as a half vulgarity unless only a single letter of the word is changed (where it will be counted as full). Offensiveness is counted per such post (not per incident).
If you are not a habitual offender then you will simply have your posting privileges limited or removed. If you receive this type of soft ban you will still be able to log onto the site. While you are under restricted posted status you will have access to a board that is located directly under SMAC in the index. It is called "Banned?". That is the forum where you may ask questions about your ban. You will also be able to use the PM system to talk to an individual mod while on this type of restricted membership. If on the other hand you are a habitual rules breaker you will eventually force us t use the more traditional site ban which disallows access to all site features.
What about avatars, video, & images?
If visible directly within the site they must follow the same general rules and be at most basically PG-13. R-rated sexual content may only exist on the sexuality board, & such media only linked and only with an appropriate warning. X-rated (NC-17) content is forbidden in any manner. Other (non-sexual) R images (including all graphic abortion & violence imagery) on all boards may similarly only be linked and only with an appropriate warning.
Why is (insert user name here) allowed to break the rules?
All users are treated equally, however the author of a topic is held to a higher standard than those who reply. This is because when it comes to problems, someone usually "starts it". It also keeps the amount of moderation feasible. As for other violations that appear "missed", we may simply not see them.
Why are some boards marked with a : ) symbol?
These are special, heavily-moderated zero hostility** zones to ensure a friendly tone.
Who do I report problems to?
There is a 'REPORT' button at the bottom of every post. Please include the reason for your report. If you hit 'REPORT' accidentally, please PM a mod and let us know.
Do we tolerate hate?
We detest hate, and fighting it is one of our primary objectives on this forum. If hate was censored here however we could not fight it because it would move elsewhere. It therefore will not be, with the exception of vulgar, user-insulting, or explicitly sordid or violent material. The racial, religious, and orientational insulting terms nigge*, jigabo*, samb* or coon (meaning dark-skinned such as black or Arab), kik* (meaning jew), fa* or dyk* (meaning gay) are considered sordid and always result in bans if used offensively. Other such terms are generally vulgar.
Furthermore, most references to sexual crimes against religions & deities will be regarded as sordid (disgusting) other than those widely & specifically accepted as fact. Such references to historical persons (including prophets) will be measured against the law of their time, e.g. allegations of "pedophilia" or "rape" against ancient couples such as Joseph/Mary or Muhammad/Aisha will be deemed dd-spam fabrication as youthful marriage was then common & legal.
What is dd-spam fabrication?
Basically deliberately presenting untrue facts with other than humorous effect. We cannot always moderate this. Fabrication is mainly altered quotes, fake news stories, & unproven (unadmitted or unconvicted) allegations of lawbreaking, although we will generally not seek to moderate the latter in cases of international, defense/national security, or right-to-life law. Furthermore we generally won't judge legal allegations against nations, cultures, deities, or belief systems with the exception of posts deemed sordid (disgusting). Legal allegations against historical persons (including religious figures) will be measured against the law of their time.
We're not experts or arbiters of fact or law however; users are exclusively responsible for their activities.
Which partisan board (conservative/liberal/independent) should I post on?
Each of the 3 partisan boards has a "community standard" for who may post there set by the members and moderators of each. This is generally determined by whether you mostly support 1-US Republicans /intl. conservatives or 2-US Democrats /intl. liberals /socialists. Failing that, primarily economic freedom or social intervention voters should probably post on the conservative board, primarily economic intervention or social freedom voters on the liberal board. Independents are our third partisan board and will include those who feel abandoned by their party as well as those who have always felt neither strongly Democrat or strongly Republican. A libertarian board is available for "all freedom" voters. Regardless of whom you support, to be on the conservative board you must not openly oppose the Republican Party, or to be on the liberal board openly oppose the Democratic Party.
Why don't you add a ____ board?
We limit the number of boards, particularly on political topics, as having more boards slows down the debate generally. We have to perceive a demand & usefulness for specialty debate which to date for example does not exist for a "political independent" board.
Why can't I mention other forums?
It's expensive to operate this place and it's illogical to use it to effectively advertise for others. A forum is defined as "a web page which primarily publishes articles from the general public".
How do you deal with solicitation spammers?
SS spammers are like thieves: they attempt to take for free what others paid for in money & time to make. This site is very expensive to market & build a usership for. Spammers damage us, & should know advertising here costs $5000 per post or mail plus our legal fees to collect it if necessary. Note: new users posting obscure sites (etc.) will as a precaution be moderated as potential spammers because it's fact much of the time. Sites hosted with our companies are exempt from this spam policy unless they are primarily for commercial solicitation.
May I disagree or complain about site management here?
Yes, just please try to appreciate how incredibly difficult is to balance free speech & good decorum in a "room" full of people who are in fundamental disagreement (and often substantial dislike) of each other politically. We've found many complaints stem from the desire to silence ideological opponents, while wanting themselves or others from their own side to get away with similar actions. Members rarely complain about users from their own side.
We have a great deal of experience at running a multi-party politics forum, more than anyone else in the world. If you find yourself in constant conflict with our policies the problem, frankly, is probably you and you should consider moving on. Critics are listened to, cranks are not.
Is the PM system here private?
Due to the necessity to fight violations on this site including criminal activity (e.g. African email scams) super-mods have the authority to check PM mailboxes, preferably rarely. Do not use it for anything private or important, it is not as secure as your email.
How do I embed a Youtube?
Just paste the link on your post.
If that fails you can manually embed via the process below.
Copy the URL in the address bar on Youtube.
When in the posting screen click the 'FLASH' button and paste the copied URL in the field on the box that opens.
Where can I find more information?
See the site rules & terms for more.
**directed at a user on this site (incl. family) or group of users on that board.