Politics Discussion Thread February 2013

  1. Top-level com­ments should in­tro­duce ar­gu­ments; re­sponses should be re­sponses to those ar­gu­ments.

  2. Upvote and down­vote based on whether or not you find an ar­gu­ment con­vinc­ing in the con­text in which it was raised. This means if it’s a good ar­gu­ment against the ar­gu­ment it is re­spond­ing to, not whether or not there’s a good/​ob­vi­ous coun­ter­ar­gu­ment to it; if you have a good coun­ter­ar­gu­ment, raise it. If it’s a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment, and the coun­ter­ar­gu­ment is also con­vinc­ing, up­vote both. If both ar­gu­ments are un­con­vinc­ing, down­vote both.

  3. A sin­gle ar­gu­ment per com­ment would be ideal; as MixedNuts points out here, it’s oth­er­wise hard to dis­t­in­guish be­tween one good and one bad ar­gu­ment, which makes the up­vot­ing/​down­vot­ing difficult to eval­u­ate.

  4. In gen­eral try to avoid color poli­tics; try to dis­cuss poli­ti­cal is­sues, rather than poli­ti­cal par­ties, wher­ever pos­si­ble.

As Mul­ti­headed added, “Per­sonal is Poli­ti­cal” stuff like gen­der re­la­tions, etc also may be­long here.