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Reality Uncovered Forum Board Rules

Postby ryguy » Tue May 16, 2006 6:14 pm

Welcome to the Reality Uncovered Forum!

The current moderators of this Forum have put in place a minimal set of rules to help keep discussions interesting but courteous. No subject within this arena is off limits; however, posters will be expected to engage one another with civility.

The general rules are as follows:

1. Personal attacks upon other posters are prohibited. While lively discussion is encouraged, all posters are expected to maintain a courteous decorum toward others, even when expressing an opposing viewpoint.

2. No personal information, including phone numbers, street addresses, or email addresses may be posted in this public forum.

3. Posters are encouraged to summarize the contents of links, and briefly state the purpose of the link.

4. Posters are encouraged to cite supporting evidence when providing facts. If no evidence is provided, posters are encouraged to preface their statement with acknowledgement that the post is a statement of opinion only.

5. Posters are encouraged to defend their arguments. Direct questions must be answered in a timely manner.

6. Posters are encouraged to remain on topic. Hijacking other poster’s discussions to draw attention to your ideas will not be allowed.

7. Promoting personal websites in signatures will not be allowed without the express permission of the forum owners. A private message must be sent to Zep Tepi, Ryguy or Access Denied asking permission to link to a personal website in the signature. Posts made only for the purpose of promoting a personal website will be deleted.

When, in the judgment of the moderators on duty, an infraction of any of the foregoing rules occurs, a request will be made to the author of the offending post to amend the post, if the poster is present. If the post is not properly amended (to make it comply with the rules), then the post will be deleted in its entirety. An explanation will be placed in its place by the moderators. The deleted post will be saved in a thread created off the main board. The decisions of the moderators to delete posts will be final, with no further appeal.

Posters who are habitually disruptive will receive two warnings. After the second warning, he or she will be banned for a time to be determined by the moderators. In some instances, posters may be subject to permanent banning.

Advice For Alternative Theory Supporters

The following are not rules. We here at RU encourage the use of the scientific method and believe the following advice may help those interested in discussing alternative theories have a more enjoyable discussion:

1. You’re going to be challenged to defend your statements with evidence.
2. You’re going to be told you’re wrong when you make statements in conflict with published research. If you don’t agree with being told you are wrong. See statement #1.
3. You have not been attacked if you are told you are wrong. Only your theory is attacked.
4. Throwing a tantrum because your theory is not accepted will not win you support.
5. Have a sense of humor, be friendly and be polite. Taking yourself too seriously usually leads to frustration.
6. People generally want to help – even when they disagree with you.
7. Whenever possible, defend your points with published research – and make sure you can provide some explanation as to how that research supports what you are saying.
8. You’re going to be asked tough questions. When someone asks you a question – answer it. If you don’t know the answer – say so.
9. People will listen and discuss politely well reasoned arguments – even when they disagree.
10. Don’t make claims that extend beyond what your data (or the data you’re referencing) can support. If you consider something as unproven speculation – say so.
11. You’re not going to convince everybody your idea is right with one post.
12. You’re not going to convince everybody your idea is right with two posts.
13. When someone demonstrates a point you made is wrong, acknowledge that it was shown to be wrong and don’t keep repeating it.
14. While some people may sound very dogmatic – the mainstream theories in science are not religion.
15. Peer review may not be perfect, but it is necessary.
16. Don’t accuse people of being close minded just because they disagree with you.
17. Don’t create cute little names for mainstream theories and scientists. Sure they might be funny on some level, but they’re going to irritate people and distract them from the points you’re trying to make.
18. If you think you’ve refuted Newton, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and the Big Bang all in one post – you haven’t. Whole books have been written challenging those theories. You’re not going to do it single handedly in a few hundred words on an internet discussion board.
19. Be willing to modify your views.
20. Be realistic. You’ll have better luck trying to convince people your alternative is possible than you will have trying to convince everybody your idea is right – and everybody else is wrong.
21. You need more data. All scientists need more data.
22. Ask yourself – Is what you’re proposing proof against the Big Bang, or could it be something the BB theory can absorb?
23. Be happy if people are respectfully discussing the strength and weaknesses of your ideas. If you’ve reached that point then you’ve accomplished a lot more than most of the alternatives brought forward on these forums.

(That there are 23 tips on this list is not by design) :)

[Advice courtesy of Dave Russell @ Bad Astronomy]

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