Most of you will have noticed that threads in this forum were temporarily removed for review, and may have been edited. The following reasons apply:
1) The tone that some posters have used while responding to other members has gone far beyond that usual in polite discourse. Please review the TCS and IMO rules, especially the following:
|This forum is a place for members to carry on mature and extended conversations about issues in the news. Sometimes debates may become more in depth and heated than in our regular Lounge, so here are a few guidelines for participation, as suggested by TCS members. This forum is probably going to turn out to be more serious, and it will probably be a place where controversial opinions really get rolling. This forum WILL be a more aggressive place. Members may choose not to participate, knowing it might get "hot" up front.
1. First and foremost, TCS Rules will apply. Please read them thoroughly. TheCatSite.com Forum Rules
2. Our membership consists of people from around the globe. Opinions of people from all cultures should be treated with equal respect. Debate on any issue is welcome, but fight fair. Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Debate the issue, not the person.
3. Have a sense of humor! Or walk away before posting, if you need to get your temper under control.
4. Any members who cannot conduct themselves appropriately can and will be restricted from posting in this forum. Specifically, at the first sign of potential trouble the member will receive an official warning. The second infraction earns a 1-week suspension from IMO, the third, a 2-week suspension from the site. Any further problem could be grounds for membership privileges to be revoked.
To expand on the fourth rule, failure to behave yourselves in an appropriate manner may result in a longer IMO suspension, a suspension of all posting privileges at TCS, or permanent revocation thereof, to be decided by the TCS moderating team as a whole.
2) At TCS, and in IMO in particular, we expect members to observe copyrights.
|Many of you like to post the content of a news article when you open a debate on it. Please adhere to these guidelines when copying and pasting from another site:
* TheCatSite.com asks its members to please respect the copyright issues of other users, sites, print-work, photographers etc. Users reposting copyrighted information on TCS without express permission from the original owner will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
* Copyright law is mostly based with civil law. To violate this law, meaning if you take someone else's work and post it in a place the author, or photographer, or artist is unaware of, then you open yourself up to be sued, or worse yet, put this website at that risk.
* Just because you see it on the Internet, does not make it a free for the taking. Respecting the original creator of the words, the best way to share whatever it is you see is to put the link here, and leave the words where the original person can find it.
* This applies to photographs, stories, news articles, drawings, cartoons. It all is copyrighted unless underneath the item are the words "I grant this for public domain." That means anyone and everyone can have the item and do with it what they wish.
Moderators of this forum have been directed to remove news articles that do not contain the appropriate copyright information. If you can't provide it when posting, supply the link to the article instead. Thank you.
Should you wish to draw other members' attention to an article, please supply a link to it. Don't copy and paste the entire article, or substantial portions thereof. You can, however, quote tidbits from it, i.e., a few lines that will entice other members to read the article. If you feel that you can't make your point in that manner, please summarize or paraphrase, again while providing the appropriate link(s).
Please keep in mind while posting that an all-too strident or pedantic style may be counter-productive, i.e., your over-exuberant attempt to make a point may have the opposite effect. In short, it may be a major "turn-off".