Welcome to Current Events and Politics.
The topics for discussion in this sub-forum tend to be for those who are passionate about the outcome, and many who participate here hold strong opinions and/or specific knowledge about those topics. CE&P is not for the faint of heart.
Like all other areas of this site, the JustUsBoys.com Community Code of Conduct governs member participation in CE&P. In addition to the CoC, appropriate interaction in this sub-forum is further explained in the following Guidelines. The primary objective of these Guidelines is to prevent specific behaviors from obstructing a free flow of discussion.
COURTESY & RESPECT
When debating, express your opinion about a person's ideas, not about them personally. Any post containing a direct personal insult will be removed or edited, regardless of the content of the rest of the post.
Do not engage in baiting; either creating threads for that purpose, or in posts toward other members. Do not disrupt the flow of conversation by making statements or insinuations that are deliberately inflammatory or which expand a disagreement from one discussion to another.
Never insult or impugn the character of another Jubber through posts, threads, PMs, or comments. If you find yourself having difficulty refraining from insulting, baiting or other negative impulses, please log off for a while to calm down.
It is a fundamental principle that content from post comments or private messages is not to be re-posted in the open forum. If you receive an inappropriate private message or comment, promptly report it to the moderators. (See the section titled “Personal Conflicts” in the Problem Resolution thread.)
Never intentionally misspell or misrepresent a fellow Jubber's screen name for any reason, most especially to bait or insult him/her.
Stay on topic in threads. There will be natural ebb and flow of conversation but blatant hijacking of threads is not permitted. Rather than hijack an existing thread, create a new one and link back to the original for background.
When creating a new thread, consider using Thread Prefixes to help other members recognize the intent of your post.
Please do not use the forum as a news ticker. It is reasonable to assume that members have access to their own news sources.
Do not include any email address or phone number as a part of your posts.
QUOTING FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES
Use citations where appropriate. Members are strongly encouraged to document their sources when available. If you have to spend time defending the veracity of your source, you're not likely to have a successful discussion of your topic. Source citation also helps keep everyone honest when posting supposedly factual information. Other readers may discount your position if you fail to back up your assertions. If the issue or source material is contentious, threads may be closed until documentation is provided.
When quoting from a published source, do not paste the entire content from that source into your post unless it is clearly in the public domain (not copyrighted). Snip an excerpt from the source, enclose the snippet within quote tags, and give proper credit to the original publication. An online link to the full content from the original publisher is required. Full “cut and paste” sources may be fully truncated by a Moderator, where only the link remains, so please provide your synopsis of the article for discussion.
Most particularly in the opening post of a new thread and as a general rule, any quote you republish must be augmented with your own opinion explaining why the quote is of interest. You should always include your own personal criticism, illustration, clarification, parody, or summary of the work you are quoting.
Everyone who participates in CE&P is expected to understand and follow the Code of Conduct and these Guidelines.