OK, I give. It's an election year, and it's July. It's getting close. Since a handful of people here continue to make it perfectly clear that they'd like to have some political talk, I sent Fid a message last night about the possibility of backing off our "No Politics" rule. Fid basically said "good luck." But what the hell. Hardhead hasn't gotten back to me yet, but Rich has made it perfectly clear he wants nothing to do with this thread. And frankly, neither do I. I'll be in from time to time, but I won't be here a lot. Which means there's a real possibility that this thread will be relatively mod-free for long stretches of time. So, I'm posting the guidelines here. Unless one of my mod brethren decides to take a bigger role on than I expect them to, I'm going to be the sole judge, jury, and executioner. So here's the deal: 1. I want to make it perfectly clear that the Crew Forum ban on politics is still in effect. The presence of this thread doesn't mean that political talk will be appropriate elsewhere in the forum. Any political talk goes here. 2. This thread is for grown-ups. It shouldn't take a genius to figure out that political discussion often gets heated, and often pointed. Feelings get hurt. If you can't handle pointed, intense discussion, you don't need to be here. 3. Keep it respectful. While some heated debate is to be expected, there's no need for personal attacks and name-calling. This is probably more likely than anything else to get the thread closed. If you can't be respectful, don't post here. Remember -- grown-ups. 4. As I already said, the mods are going to be pretty scarce. If someone does something, posts something, or says something that's just too outrageous to stand, report the post. That's most likely the only way we're going to see it. 5. When I deal with a reported post, I'm going to be dealing specifically with that post. I'm not going to be reading the 20 posts before and the 10 posts after to see who started it. If one of your posts gets reported, and you're being out of line, expect to get dinged -- regardless of who started it. 6. If you get an infraction, DO NOT BITCH ABOUT IT. A polite PM where you ask a question is OK, but I reserve the right to ignore it. Complaining to me about your own conduct will most likely result in an additional infraction. If your argument is "Yeah, but he said this" or "Why was that OK but not this," don't bring it to me; call your mother. 7. While I encourage the reporting of posts, do not -- I repeat, DO NOT abuse the report function in an effort to get people sanctioned or banned. Flooding the moderation queue with complaints about posts that aren't really troublesome will result in infractions, if not an outright forum ban. Remember -- grown-ups. If you feel the need to report nine posts in a day, you're probably not mature enough to handle being here. 8. Starting a personal flame war or pissing contest and then reporting the posts of the people who respond is the quickest way to make my s**t list. If I infract someone, and then subsequently find out that poster was responding to a previous bit of naughtiness, the original post will be dealt with, and probably twice as harshly. 9. While I've said that we're taking a hands-off approach here, don't foolishly assume that the mods won't still be lurking, waiting to strike. This is not going to be an unregulated free-for-all. 10. If you people make this thread more trouble than it's worth, it'll be closed. It's that simple. 11. We reserve the right to alter, break, bend or remove any of these rules at any time for any reason we see fit. In short, if we're going to allow political talk here, you're all going to convince us that you can handle it. Make us regret it, and we'll make YOU regret it. Happy hunting.