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    Revisions to Rule 13

    After considerable discussing, writing, commenting, and rewriting, the Moderation Team has revised Rule 13. It is our hope that this will clarify and specify the behaviour expected of all participants in the Proving Grounds threads.

    The new text follows:

    13. Alternative Concepts and Conspiracy Theories

    If you have some idea which goes against commonly-held astronomical theory, or think UFOs are among us, you are welcome to argue it here. Before you do though, read the specific advice threads linked below. This is very important. Then, if you still want to post your idea, you will do so politely, you will not call people names, and you will defend your arguments. Direct pertinent questions must be answered in a timely manner.

    We insist you keep your Against the Mainstream (ATM) or Conspiracy Theory (CT) topics about space and astronomy. We will close down any thread which doesn't have anything to do with space and astronomy immediately. If you arenít sure your idea qualifies, PM any Moderator for advice.

    Keep promotion of your ATM/CT theories and ideas to only those Against the Mainstream or Conspiracy Theory threads which discuss them. You may not hijack other discussions or otherwise draw attention to your ideas anywhere else on the BAUT forums.

    Further, you will participate according to the following provisions:

    13A. Against the Mainstream

    READ THIS THREAD FIRST

    People will vigorously challenge your arguments; that's what science and scientists do. If you cannot handle a frank and critical examination of your theory, then maybe you need to rethink your theory. Remember: you came here. It's our job to question new theories. Those that are strong will survive, and may become part of mainstream science. All such discussions must be kept polite and respectful, by all parties.

    Your ATM thread will be closed after 30 days. Extensions may be granted by Moderators/Admins, if circumstances warrant. Once an ATM idea has been presented, it may not be presented again unless you have information not available the first time.

    You may have only one thread active at a time in ATM. If you ask to have a thread closed before the 30 days limit so that you may open a new thread, the old thread will not be reopened later.

    If you post an ATM idea elsewhere, it will be split off to an ATM thread. That new split thread will be locked on creation, if there's a current one open, to be unlocked when the current one times-out at 30 days. The 30 day count for the new one, however, starts on creation, not unlocking. (See preceding paragraphs.)

    You must defend your arguments and directly answer pertinent questions in a timely manner. Honestly answering "I don't know" is acceptable. Evasiveness will not be tolerated.

    If it appears that you are using circular reasoning, depending on long-debunked arguments, or breaking any of these other rules, you will receive one warning, and if that warning goes unheeded, you will receive infractions, which can lead to suspension or banishment.

    The ATM forum is not the place for speculative discussion. Whether you are presenting your own ideas or those of another, you are responsible for defending them according to the provisions above. If you have a question about an ATM idea, you may pose it in Q&A, but you may not advocate it there.

    13B. Conspiracy Theories

    READ THIS THREAD FIRST

    Conspiracy Theories involve, well, conspiracies. This means a purposeful cover up by someone of some Greater Truth. If you don't have a conspiracy to propose, don't post in CT. The exception is the existence of UFOs piloted by ETs, or alien visitations. CT is the place to discuss this even if you are not proposing a conspiracy.

    People will vigorously challenge your arguments; that's what skeptics do. If you cannot handle a frank and critical examination of your claims, then maybe you need to rethink discussing them here. All such discussions must be kept polite and respectful, by all parties.

    You must defend your arguments and directly answer pertinent questions in a timely manner. Honestly answering "I don't know" is acceptable. Evasiveness will not be tolerated.

    If it appears that you are using circular reasoning, depending on long-debunked arguments, or breaking any of these other rules, you will receive one warning, and if that warning goes unheeded, you will receive infractions, which can lead to suspension or banishment.

    You may use this forum to present someone else's ideas for objective discussion or to ask for help in answering questions others have about a CT. The forum may also be used for the critical analysis of websites, articles, or shows that advocate specific astronomy and space related conspiracies. If, at any time, you advocate on behalf of those ideas, you must comply with the preceding requirements.

    Because of these requirements, we strongly suggest that you have only one active thread at a time in CT. There is no time limit on CT threads.
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    Discussion of this new policy has been moved to the discussion forum here.
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