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Post by Maddy on Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:54 pm

Be respectful of one another, their opinions and beliefs even though you may not agree with them.

We understand that discussions can sometimes evolve into heated debates where views differ. While it is completely acceptable to disagree with something that has been said, it is not acceptable to be discourteous, judgmental or accusatory while expressing your point of view.

Always be aware of what you say and how it might be interpreted by others.

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It may seem like good, clean fun to ridicule or publicly criticize someone, whether they be a celebrity, a politician, a fellow forum member, or even a sibling. However, it is your responsibility to make honest statements of opinion that are based on fact, and are not malicious. Defamatory comments are not acceptable and will be removed.

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Our Chit-Chat has been created as a place where members can relax and discuss things other than their art. Because we have visitors to our site from all over the world and from a variety of age groups, backgrounds, and ethnicities, we ask that this forum be kept to non-controversial, lighthearted subjects. Topics such as religion, politics and personal problems should be brought up elsewhere and discussed privately.


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(Thank you TalkBudgies for the rules!)
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