Due to recent debates on the nature of Rule #4, it has been revised to more clearly state the objective standards of behavior to which it applies. The new text reads:
4) Threats of physical violence, stalking and inciting violence are not allowed. Do it and you’ll get a (note the singular article “a”) warning. Do it again, you’ll get banned. The standards/definitions are:
“Direct threat”, to wit, “to place any person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury”.
“Stalking” is “any person who intentionally and repeatedly follows or harasses another person and who makes a credible threat, either expressed or implied, with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily harm”. This standard may be used in conjunction with the standard of persistent disruptive behavior found in Rule #1 as a reason for banishment.
“Incitement” is “urging or instigating other persons to riot or commit crimes and/or acts of violence”. This does not mean the mere oral or written (1) advocacy of ideas or (2) expression of belief, not involving advocacy of any act or acts of violence or assertion of the rightness of, or the right to commit, any such act or acts.
Your cooperation with and understanding of the rules of this forum are appreciated.
Gene Howington, Editor-in-Chief