I just banned Terrance Jones from this site after warning him yesterday to stop misrepresenting the evidence and insulting people. He was quite abusive and I have no doubt that his absence is a relief to many of you.
Unfortunately, we are likely to encounter more trolls and I want to establish a set of guidelines and rules to refer to in deciding whether to banish someone.
I don’t want a long list of rules, but some sort of guidelines seems reasonable, so I am soliciting suggestions.
Here are a few of mine to start the discussion.
I do not want an echo chamber. I want to encourage evidence-based debate in which the ideas expressed stand or fall on their own without regard to whether people like or dislike the person who expressed them.
I want people to feel safe here, so they will not be afraid to express their ideas.
I want people to follow the Golden Rule and treat each other with respect.
Sarcasm and snark are welcome, as long as it isn’t personal.
Now, let me here from y’all.