- Posted: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 02:20:37 +0000
Extended Discussion Forum Rules and Guidelines
Welcome to the Extended Discussion forum! Extended Discussion (or ED for short) is intended for in-depth discussions and debates on a variety of topics. What makes a thread appropriate for ED is not subject matter alone, but the level of discussion and debate the thread topic generates. How 'serious' a subject is (war, abortion, politics) does not affect a thread's status in ED. If the subject is very broad or if the discussion that arises from the thread is not involved, the thread is not suitable for ED. Examples of this include topics like "What do you think of abortion?" or one line or low-content posts.
ED should be a place for users to have informed, engrossing discussions on topics that interest them and/or to read and learn about unfamiliar issues from users who are more familiar. It is not a place to dump opinions and leave, provide unsupported opinions, or to make short, low-content posts.
In short, ED is for users seeking a higher level of discussion than that available in other forums, without limitation on subject matter or a requirement that the subject be weighty or intellectual (although such subjects are by no means discouraged).
As a member, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the forum's rules before posting. Posting in this forum implies that you read and understand the rules and guidelines and that you accept responsibility for the appropriateness of your thread or post.