To all posters on the "Politics Board"
It has come to our attention that the "free flowing discussion" we had foreseen and anticipated on this board has gotten out of hand and into a situation where "new" posters either stay away or run away from this particular part of Pacers Digest.
This of course is not acceptable under any circumstance.
We (the administrators of this forum) fully understand that politics are likely to lead to a polarization of positions at times and accepting that fact we have more or less turned our back on this board.
It was however never our intention to create a board where people are "*****1ng" at each other and where the polarization has become the de facto standard for the board.
The harsh language between members of this board is something each and everyone of you would get warned or send on a long vacation for on any of our other boards and it is only because so many administrators have put the worst trespassers on ignore and then ignore in general the board completely what has allowed this to go unfettered.
It has however come to an end.
We had two options; one was closing down this board, the easiest solution, and the other one was to enforce our "standard" to this board.
We have chosen for the latter.
We encourage discussion on all topics; we realize that certainly on a "political" board the temperatures can sometimes get above the national standard, however we do not accept that de facto exceptions become the standard.
You are therefore cordially invited to read well the rules for Pacers Digest as they are published all over the forum.
Once you have read those rules we would like to emphasize that posting articles from other sites is acceptable under "circumstances" while taking in all the rules we have attached to such a posting, however the most fundamental rule for doing it should be that it is "news".
The posting of obscure (or less mainstream) articles with only the word "discuss" or "have at it" is in direct contradiction with the rules and should at all time be prevented.
IF you have an opinion that is underwritten by said article, then you can just cut&paste the "important" alineas, but never more then 1/3 of the entire article.
The rules for source and link remain exactly the same for quotes as they are for full articles.
If an article is "news" then on occasion we can "live" with the posting of said article, but beware, the admins are "judge, jury & executioner" if they think it isnít news, it's gone.
Finally we think you should all heed extreme attention to the following:
We have on Pacers Digest a system where we hand out "warnings" and cards for breaking those rules that are particularly of interest to the politics board, rude language, insulting other posters and such now are warned with a "card" of which you will be notified per PM.
The first infraction is usually a warning, the second and sub sequential warnings will be yellow or red cards which give the poster "points". These points are set to evaporate after 30 days, but within that time frame new ones are counted towards a total, surpassing the pre-set total in a period from receiving the first one can result in short to very long holidays away from Pacers Digest.
We will use those cards from now on in this board as well (until now we have only used them on other boards).
We hope that in making our position clear we do not have to close down the board and that it may return to what it once was; a place for people of all walks and nationality to discuss what interests or worries them in local or global politics.