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What can and cannot be posted in the General Discussion forum (updated 6/22/16)

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The Statement of Purpose for the General Discussion forum says this:

Discuss politics, issues, and current events. Posts about Israel/Palestine, religion, guns, showbiz, or sports are restricted in this forum.

In an effort to provide greater clarity to members posting in this forum -- and to hosts trying to enforce this statement of purpose -- here is a detailed list of examples that should give some idea of where the line is drawn. As much as possible, we have attempted to describe current hosting practices rather than to place greater restrictions on what can be posted.

ISRAEL/PALESTINE
[ul][li]Threads about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict [font color="red"]are not permitted under normal circumstances[/font] and should be posted in the Israel/Palestine Group.[/li]
[li]Open discussion of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict [font color="green"]is permitted during very high-profile news events which are heavily covered across all newsmedia[/font].[/li][/ul]
RELIGION
[ul][li]Threads about current events related to religion, and threads about church-state issues [font color="green"]are permitted under normal circumstances[/font].[/li]
[li]Threads about the existence/non-existence of God, threads discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of religion in general, and threads discussing the truth/untruth of religious dogma [font color="red"]are not permitted under normal circumstances[/font] and should be posted under Religion.[/li]
[li]Open discussion of religion [font color="green"]is permitted during very high-profile news events which are heavily covered across all newsmedia[/font].[/li][/ul]
GUNS
[ul][li]News stories (and related content) from reputable mainstream sources about efforts to strengthen or weaken gun control legislation in any jurisdiction in the United States, national news stories (and related content) from reputable mainstream sources about high-profile gun crimes, and viral political content from social media or blogs that would likely be of interest to a large majority of DU members [font color="green"]are permitted under normal circumstances[/font].[/li]
[li]Local stories about gun crime and "gun porn" threads showing pictures of guns or discussing the merits of various firearms [font color="red"]are not permitted under normal circumstances[/font] and should be posted in the Gun Control and RKBA Group.[/li]
[li]Open discussion of guns [font color="green"]is permitted during very high-profile news events which are heavily covered across all newsmedia[/font].[/li][/ul]
SHOWBIZ
[ul][li]Threads about showbiz/celebrity culture which do not have a political angle [font color="red"]are not permitted under normal circumstances[/font] and should be posted under Entertainment.[/li]
[li]Open discussion of showbiz [font color="green"]is permitted during very high-profile news events which are heavily covered across all newsmedia[/font].[/li][/ul]
SPORTS
[ul][li]Threads about sports/sporting events which do not have a political angle [font color="red"]are not permitted under normal circumstances[/font] and should be posted under Sports.[/li]
[li]Open discussion of sports [font color="green"]is permitted during very high-profile news events which are heavily covered across all newsmedia[/font].[/li][/ul]

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