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While it's ideal if everyone respects other people's right to disagree or hold a different opinion than ones own, tempers will occasionally flare, hence the nickname "Where the Wild Things Are". Further, those who are unused to the level of freedom of speech such as exists on this list, or who don't appreciate or respect it, may be tempted to abuse it for sport. You can help to maintain a high level of intelligent discussion on this list by not responding in anger or to low-brow tactics in-kind. Instead, we recommend that you simply ignore any offensive posters onlist rather than subject the list to the tedium of ongoing petty squabbles about personalities and personal biases that are best addressed offlist.
Warnings added March 2010
To new members: After lengthy consideration, we feel an obligation to forewarn list newcomers that the list has a handful of entrenched trolls who have taken up more or less permanent residence on this list, though recently, a few have finally moved on. Feel free to quietly identify and add them to your "killfile" (see E-mail Filtering above) if it improves your reading experience.
To abusers: banning is a policy recently adopted because the old, extremely liberal policies were abused with bullying, cursing, and creepy fixations on particular subjects and individuals. This is your only warning. Problem children may be removed at the moderator's discretion.