So the following question (and explanation for why the question has been raised) was presented by OMB:
|A general question to the forum public:
Would any tears be shed if I shut down the Meditation Grove completely? I have rarely seen the benefits. I appreciate the ability to discuss deeper topics as adults, but on almost every occasion somebody ends up insulted, feelings are hurt, and bonds are shattered.
I think the general atmosphere of the forums would be improved if we cut out this section. After all, this is a Star Wars forum. The fact that we have sections for non-Star Wars discussion at all is a bonus, not a necessity. There are plenty of other places to specifically discuss these issues online.
Keep in mind this is a question the Admins are posing to YOU. If you want the Meditation Grove kept tell us why. If you think it should go tell us why. The admins are looking for some feedback before making a ruling so it is important that they get some.
Proposed rule changes:
If you wish to participate in a discussion come in with an informed, open mind. Personal quests to blast the oppositions argument to pieces is not acceptable.
Try to keep this informal and friendly. We want this to be a place of discussion and exchange of ideas, not a battle between Jedi and Sith.
Talk about the topic, not each other. Personal attacks (calling someone an idiot or questioning their integrity etc.) will be removed by a mod/admin. Mod/admins reserve the right to take any additional actions required on a case by case basis.
Try to keep topics based on specific events or ideas instead of about a generalized philosophy, theology political stance or ideology, etc.
All members are welcome to share their views, any discrimination or hostility based on political alignment, religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation is unacceptable.
When posting facts you MUST provide a link to a source or reference. Other posters have the right to request a source if one has not been provided.
When responding to the point of a specific poster use the quote function. This avoids misunderstandings when addressing points made several posts ago.
This forum is for discussion of serious topics so keep a serious attitude. Think before making a joke and use emoticons to help clue people in that you are joking. Avoid using sarcasm as much as possible, we can't hear your voice or read any facial cues so it is quite probable that someone will mistake a sarcastic comment for a serious one. Posting links to jokes by others (The Daily Show, Colbert Report or other sources) falls under this rule; just because it is a national show doesn't mean their jokes are never in bad taste. Most of all use common sense! We all enjoy a good joke when we laugh together, but no one likes to be laughed at.
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