Off-Topic forum =/= Post random stuff
"Off-topic" as it may be, that does not mean you post whatever you'd like. Do not post threads in this section about ROM hacking, emulation, or anything else to do with that aspect of the Pokemon fandom. Debates & Discussions is for slightly more worldly and academic and media related topics that do not fall under preexisting categories. If you are unsure about posting, or about creating a thread here, contact a staff member for assistance first. This forum is home to a variety of topics, usually of the more mature & worldly variety, from current newsworthy events, politics, religion, culture, and other scholastic, moral, ethical, and philosophically related topics. Also, stay on topic in threads! If you want to deviate or branch off from the main topic in a thread, feel free to create another thread. (Unless it's already been made)
Discussions & Debates is home to intelligent and sometimes heated debates, over a variety of topics, so disagreements are bound to happen eventually. Try to keep your arguments at a logical and appropriate level- You can defend your argument all you want, but do so in a professional manner. Do not make any offensive, disrespectful, or annoying posts towards another member. It serves no purpose except to start pointless arguments. Flaming and trolling this forum will result in disciplinary action. Doing so under any circumstances will result in a Warning or Infraction, depending on prior offenses/or lack thereof. If you see offensive posting, quietly report it to the staff via the report button. Do not take matters into your own hands, the problem will be dealt with accordingly.
The point of moderation is to not sacrifice threads and/or discussion because of a few bad apples, while maintaining a friendly atmosphere for all to post in. The entire point of the forum is to discuss important matters and debate opinions, and locking every thread that gets a little intense is counter-intuitive to that end. However, that provision has limitations - things that get too out of hand will be dealt with swiftly. Moderation in this section is fairly strict, so be aware of that when posting here. Therefore, we (Section moderator & the Higher Staff) reserve the right to close any thread or delete any post if we feel it has gotten out of hand or if it's deemed unnecessary or inappropriate in any way, shape, or form.
Light discussion threads belong in Chit-Chat Cafe, not here!
Before you make a thread, ask yourself: does the thread title end with a ? Are you asking a question, without much supporting information or material? Is the thread designed to pose an question, and you answer, and then leave the discussion? If so, you should move your thread to Chit-Chat Cafe However, a CCC thread may be moved back to D&D, should it generate a significant amount of discussion and evolve from what the OP originally was.
Be objective & balanced
When making threads in D&D, you should be making threads with the intent of using facts, sources and scholarly material when making a discussion where that would be appropriate (In example, use crime rates in threads about crime, Carbon Dioxide Emission figures in a thread about climate change, etc) Given that the forum deals heavily in politics, DO NOT post politically charged threads solely designed to bash or to defame another political entity. D&D is not a landfill for your hyper-partisan political views. Keep that to your blog, or more preferably, keep it to yourself.
Be detailed and thorough
When making threads in D&D, you should be making threads with the intent of creating a nice broad and long discussion. You should making threads that are detailed and thought provoking enough to warrant several replies. Bring in outside data, ask related questions in the OP, etc. Threads need substance!