The Debate Hall has additional rules over and above the Forum Rules, precisely because of the nature of debate: Rule #1 --- RESPECT (No personal insults or ad hominems) Rule #2 --- The Original Post (OP) defines the parameters of discussion, within reason Rule #3 --- Posts must be legible (no spam, no incoherent rambling) Rule #4 --- 15 Page Rule (a thread will be locked after 15 pages, 150 total posts) Rule #5 --- No Conspiracy Theories Rule #6 --- No Religion vs Science Debates (fallacy) Rule #7 --- No Bashing or Hate-Directed Discussions Rule #8 --- No Spam or Off-Topic Comments Rule #9 --- No plagiarism (avoid copyright infringement, post only a portion of an article and cite your source). Recommended topics include: Topical (newsworthy) issues Events that are troubling us as a Human Race Events that are troubling the Earth and its creatures Theme-oriented topics (a monthly event) Op-Eds that do not revolve around the lockable issues In-depth/esoteric debates Recommended actions: Report Violations --- If a violation is committed or suspected, do NOT reply and instead use the reporting system to report the alleged violation. Let the moderators manage and enforce the community's rules. References --- Provide reputable links, cite your sources, list your references, quote and provide attribution. Limited use of Logical Fallacies --- logical fallacies should be kept to a minimum. Intentional and excessive use of logical fallacies is discouraged. Use the Reputation System --- Reputation is an excellent means to pose agreement/disagreement without having to spam a thread with one-liners like, "I agree" and "QFT." Be Friendly --- If you are unable to be friendly, be courteous. If you are unable to be courteous, be professional. Debates have the potential to become heated, but it is your responsibility to keep a lid on your emotions.