I took a shot at revising and integrating article one. This isn't intended to be the final product, and all suggestions are more than welcome, but see what you think of it to start:
A: Discrimination and persecution of any kind will not be tolerated, especially on the basis of sexism, racism, ableism, nationalism, homophobia, transphobia, or religion. We will not tolerate individual people or groups who intentionally oppress, persecute, other, use or otherwise attack others in any way, shape or form, for any reason.
B: Do not flame. There is a distinct difference between 'I don't agree with your opinion and I think that your theory is factually wrong' and 'You're an idiot and your opinion is built on lies and stupidity'. If you find that you're hurling insults around, just stop. In addition, we don't tolerate anyone making jokes about topics like rape, murder, abuse, bigotry and mental health issues.
C: People engaged in any of the above will be given at least one actual chance to stop and apologise. Telling someone to shut up because their opinion is unwanted does not constitute a chance. A chance is, for example, the following:
John: Mass Effect 3's ending was terrible and the Extended Cut just made it worse! Jane: I don't know, I thought it was all right. John: Only an idiot would think that! You're an imbecile! James: John, we don't tolerate people who insult others here. Calm down, step away from the keyboard, go read the Constitution and then please apologise to Jane. John: All right. I'm sorry for insulting you, Jane. I don't agree with you, but I'll leave it at that.*
D: All respectful opinions that do not attack, insult, or persecute others (see A) are welcome. We encourage respectful, friendly debates here. Should a debate escalate into an argument for any reason, everyone involved should step back and calm down before continuing. If this cannot be done, it may be best to abandon the conversation entirely.
E: If someone says something that seems offensive, but youíre not sure exactly what they meant, ASK them first, before jumping down their throats. Astonishingly enough, most people arenít out to offend anyone. (If they are being deliberately insulting, believe me, youíll have a lot of backup.) Don't be afraid to ask what someone meant- it isn't silly to want the full facts.
F: If you find it impossible to get along with another member of the PPC, please take it up in private e-mail. Donít turn our spaces into free-for-all flamefests, donít engage in bullying behaviour, and while youíre in our spaces, donít say anything about another PPCer you wouldnít say to their face. Remember, if you have to ask yourself if youíve gone too far, you probably have. Everyone should do their best to be as civil as possible while on the Board.
G: The PPC as a community is responsible for upholding the Constitution. If you see someone breaking any of the rules and guidelines herein, please ask them to stop (politely, though) and explain why. If this doesn't resolve the situation, you will be backed up - and if it continues, a persistant rule-breaker is likely to be shunned or asked to leave the Board. (If you're being accused of breaking a rule, take a step back and, if you are in the wrong, stop, apologise, and move on. Grudges are no fun!)
H: Everyone on the Board is to be respected, be they newbie, oldbie, Permission Giver, IRC mod, author of dozens of missions or writer of two missions. The opinions of a newbie are just as valid and wanted as those of someone here for four years.
I: The moderators and Permission Givers are here for a reason. Should one tell you to do something, do it. For reference, our current moderators are: [list goes here]**
J: All discovered mimes will be thrown into a pit, which may or may not be filled with various objects such as scorpions upon their availability.
J.5: There will be no clemency for these mimes until they learn the words.
* My example isn't very good, I know. If anyone's got a better one, feel free to put it there. ** I'm actually not sure who all the current mods are, which is why I'm suggesting a list.
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