The Guidelines of Participation

The People's View is intended to be a progressive, participatory, open discussion blog.  We embrace certain principles when it comes to debates:

  • Making progress is more important than ideological check lists.
  • A debate is not a screaming match.  It is intelligent discussion, adult discourse, and informative.
  • We can disagree without being disagreeable.
  • There are no "third rails" or "sacred cows."  Every policy initiative has to stand on its own.
  • When it comes to legislation, legislative reality does matter.
Specifically, while all are welcome to join this community and express themselves, respect is important.  Especially respect for the viewpoints presented on the main posts, and those who write them.  Anyone is free to disagree and make their case, however, disrespect in disagreements is not tolerated.  We also recognize the tough road for this country, and are immensely proud of President Barack Obama.  If you come to the comment section and start screaming at posters or peaceful discussions, or start throwing pejoratives at the President or others trying to discuss an issue, you will be banned, with or without warning.  Yes, this blog is a safe haven for recognizing progress and civil debate.  Don't try my patience on that; you won't like the results.

In other words, if you think the Internet is your place to be a bratty six-year old, you won't like it here.  Conduct yourself as an adult, and make your comments as if you were talking face to face with the person you were talking to in a polite manner, and you are welcome here.

One thing specifically for Democrats and progressives on this site: TPV is not the place to relive the primary fights between then-Senators Obama and Clinton. We all acknowledge President Obama's progressive values and achievements, appreciate them, and at the same time, we are deeply appreciative of Secretary Clinton's service to our country and to the Obama administration. We will not be creating an environment that makes former Clinton supporters feel unwelcome.

Comments are generally open to anyone who wants to comment, and you may choose to log in via any of the available networks.  Because of that, comments are also moderated to a good degree.  Moderation decisions are final.  Do not post here or email me complaining about moderation decisions.

Oh, and please do not whine about your first amendment right.  This is a site with a purpose, not your protest soapbox.  You want to scream at the ether, start your own blog.  It's free.

Other than that, have at it.


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