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October 18, 2001
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Being a member of this community requires a considerate and respectful
attitude toward fellow members, within the guidelines outlined below.
Repeated violations of these standards may result in a member being
barred from entry or participation in the NetShrine Discussion Forum.
debate, and strong opinions are encouraged. Certain topics evoke strong
passions, and the NetShrine Discussion Forum aims to provide a safe
place for the free expression of those passions and differing views.
Members must provide respect to other values, opinions, and ideas even
if they strongly disagree with those ideas.
posting, members should remember these three basic concepts:
written word carries none of the inflection of voice. Sarcasm,
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liberally sprinkled with smiles. It is best to avoid nuance and go
everyone to agree is not a healthy goal. If there are differing
viewpoints, members must recognize when to stop advancing a point of
view and let a discussion stand, as is.
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they feel it is appropriate.
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