Long lists of draconian rules don’t create an environment where creativity can flourish, but these few simple guidelines are here to allow us all to contribute.
This house believes in civil discussion
We all hold strong beliefs in our heads, regardless of how rational we feel. This is part of being human, and it’s okay. Debate is where we strengthen or shatter these, grow as individuals, and develop social relationships. Ad hominem attacks harsh the vibe and put every participant in a defensive stance; don’t do that.
Progress human knowledge
Individually, we can’t know much; together we can know everything knowable. Share your knowledge openly and admit your shortfalls willingly so we can all grow together.
Aim to enrich each other’s lives
Civil discussion is often its own reward. It can lead to far more than just learning more—it can deepen our connection to a subject or revitalise our passion for a subject. Teaching is more than just helping someone else learn. Conversation and discussion are the vehicles of personal growth.
Cite your work
We’re all guilty of asserting things without evidence from time to time, but let’s not forget that assertion alone does not imply truth. Cite your statements so those interested can learn more. Judge your sources fairly, though. Does that one blog on somethingreally prove it to be true?
You’re welcome to link your own work on a subject too, but wear your bias on your sleeve.
Unfortunately neither I nor my comment platform are multilingual. Please use English. And please do be poetic in your use of it. Painting a picture with words is something enjoyable to do and to read. It’s a rewarding form of creativity.