Hello all! The Forum community is growing quickly (over 700 posts in the last 30 days!) and with this growth comes an increasing need to be specific about what sort of dialogue we want to happen here. I’m very proud of this community. To my knowledge, we are one of the few places on the internet where people of all perspectives talk about origins without immediately devolving into shouting. I’m also proud to say that I have only had to ban people on very selective occasions. That speaks very highly of the community.
However, over the past six months I have noticed some bad habits beginning to form, and I want to proactively address them. Instead of just writing a diatribe, instead I’m going to model what I mean. Below is a conversation with myself. Each post reflect one of the negative habits I’m noticing. Hopefully, you will be able to see what I mean without any further lecturing.
If you see a post like the ones below, feel free to bring it to my attention by flagging it. We will need to work together as a community to moderate the discussion as we grow. I’m not inclined to use a heavy hand (in most occasions), but certain habits have a way of dragging a community down.