After much discussion, we have decided to close the doors of Off Topic: Politically Incorrect for good.
We support Off Topic because it is a place to build community, goof around, and blow off steam when necessary. OTPI seemed to only get members all riled up, hurt a lot of feelings, and result in a general breakdown of the community. OTPI just doesn't have a place here at FatWallet.
What this means going forward...
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person without distinction on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, language, religion, or country of origin.
Please use your own good judgment when posting and try to keep it family-friendly. If a topic is deemed inflammatory or offensive it will be removed at the moderator's discretion. End of story. Likewise, threads that descend into squabbling will be locked or deleted. These decisions are not up for appeal. We repeat, all actions are final.
Off Topic is here because we support and encourage growth and development as a community. We will not be spending our time moderating personal disputes. We want to be devoting our energies to improving the deal forums and making FatWallet the best it can be. If all goes well and everybody plays nice, we won't ever need to step in and lock or delete. Off Topic is a fun extra, a bonus. Please treat it as such. Enjoy
Expectations of Forum Tone & Behavior:
You want more? Okay, I'll explain.
If you were sending a friend or family member to the forums, how would you want them to be treated?
Stick to the topic. Criticize the argument but not the individual. If you have a strong case, there's no need to attack the other person's character to make your point.*
And let me be clear, personal attacks aren't just direct namecalling. These are all attacks to the intelligence and character of the poster and not acceptable:
Be respectful and bring value to the conversation. Explain your criticism. Differences of opinion are great! ...if both sides take the time to explain themselves. Don't just have a duck season/rabbit season argument.
Want to avoid the drama and running afoul the moderation team? I'll let you in on this simple, time-tested strategy:
Be more polite than you think is necessary.