I would like the admins to consider the following idea for a new rule to be included for our forum
(folks, before any of you start saying, "What? you are actually proposing a rule? You are trying to suffocate the forum?" and go berserk on me, please read on until the end. I am making this proposal for the protection of both the community and the site admins...)
Affirmation of Emotional Fitness To Take Part in Open Discussion:
Before making any posts, I believe all posters must agree to the following conditions:
1. "All posters shall agree to the basic premise of the open discussion that there will be typically a diversity of views and thus some of them could be opposing their own."
2. "Thus, all posters must affirm that they are intellectually and emotionally fit to tolerate the potential existence of opposing views when they take part in the forum discussions."
3. "All posters shall indemnify the site administrators against any psychological sufferings caused by either intentional or accidental viewing of opposing opinions that are nevertheless deemed to be within the rules of GP by the site administrators."
4. "All posters shall agree to absolve the site administors of any legal or ethical obligations regarding the point #3 above."
The rules may bring the following benefits:
For the community, it will promote free exchange of ideas while serving to remind posters to check their emotional well-being before coming to an open discussion forum.
For the site admins, it will provide more legal protection from any possibilities of litigations that a poster has suffered deep emotional trauma due to the viewing of content contrary to his/her views on the forum that are nevertheless within the rules of the forum, and somehow the site administers are to be held responsible for this.
My apologies for the rather lengthy and legalese post. But I think it will ultimately serve everyone's benefit... I am guessing it is probably already included somewhere within the existing rules or membership agreement, but I think the site admins could make the point clearer in a concise way to posters in general.
I will appreciate your feedback. Thank you.