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stickdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-29-03 07:12 PM
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5. DU's Patriot Act?
Edited on Mon Sep-29-03 07:13 PM by stickdog
1. Discussions about Democratic candidates for any political office must be based on a recent or current event, on a recently reported news item, or on a recent article or op-ed piece. If you are referencing a published item, you must include a link to the original article.


I don't understand this at all. Why can't we write our own op ed pieces? A sentence minimum here would be appropriate (even 10 or 12), but I want to read the personal thoughts of other DUer's here, not the "talking points" of published media exclusively.

If blogs count as "published media," then I can't see why you want to disallow self-published "articles" that address candidacies.


2. If you start a discussion thread which paints any Democratic candidate in a negative light, you must clearly state whether you support or oppose that candidate, and if you oppose that candidate you must clearly state which candidate or candidates you support.


It's a nice thought, but we've already got too many fake undecideds and "supporters" of fringe candidates IMHO, and this rule would only exacerbate this spectacle.


3. Discussion topics about whether a Democratic candidate is actually a member of the Democratic Party are forbidden. Discussion topics which argue that a Democratic candidate is actually a stealth Republican or a secret friend of George W. Bush are forbidden.


What's this? The "hands off Clark" rule? Because I don't think these topics apply to anyone else.


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Yes, there is a problem in GD that should be addressed. But have you considered a more incremental approach to address it?
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