<official moderator message>
It seems that I had some conflicting information in the echo policy document so
I've cleared that up. Here's the echo policy document as of now:
Fidonet POLITICS Echo Policies
Updated 16 February 2019
Moderator: Sean Dennis (1:18/200)
POLITICS is for the discussion and debate of topical political discussions, primarily involving an American point of view. Due to the nature of these discussions, emotions can and will run high. The following policies are in place to keep the peace in here as best as possible. Your participating in this echo implies implicit agreement to abiding by these policies.
# Real names are required to be used in this echo. No aliases. If
your BBS software will not allow you to toggle between real name and
alias in the message header, sign your message with your real name.
# There is no such thing as "free speech" in this echo. You can speak your
mind within reason but the moderator reserves the right to stop and
immediately correct boorish behavior. We're all adults; let's act like
# Agree to disagree. "Discretion is the better part of valor" -- William
# Resist logical fallacies. Don't know what a logical fallacy is? The
website logicalfallicies.info is a great place to check. We all fall
victim to logical fallacies but don't fall for them all the time.
# PUSU ("put up or shut up"; basically show proof of the facts you're using
to backup your argument) is in force here. However, in this day and age
of the Internet and the World Wide Web, fact-checking can be done at any
time by anyone.
# You can discuss religion in here but no proselytizing (see the next
# No personal attacks against one's person, their family, or their beliefs.
This goes with the policy above.
# Please keep the swearing to a minumum.
# Keep your temper in check.
# Have a sense of humor. It's amazing how a little humor will go a long
# Posting of news/political articles in the echo are allowed provided that
the source is properly credited and the text is corrected to pure ASCII
(no high ASCII nor gobblygook caused by weird codepages in use by
Microsoft products). Conversion to CP437 is appreciated.
# All messages must be in English. You may post a message in your native
language as long as an English translation accompanies the native
post in the same message.
# No blatently off-topic posts, such as BBS ads, "test" messages,
# Any traffic concerning Fidonet matters, such as alleged "echo
hijackings", complaints about other echoes and their moderators,
or any traffic construed as such by the moderators is OFF-TOPIC.
Absolutely none of that is allowed in this echo and violators will
be dealt with swiftly. Please take such discussion to netmail or
another appropriate echo.
# Please don't gate this echo to USENET, a mailing list, another BBS
mail network, an online Fidonet mail archive, or anything else
without the moderator's express and written permission. This is
a Fidonet echo and needs to stay in Fidonet.
# This echo does not recognize any local or regional echomail policies
such as EP1. This echo originates in Zone 1 and follows Zone 1 policies
concerning the "echolist".
# The moderator is the sole person authorized to correct off-topic behavior
publically in the echo. You are encouraged to contact the moderator via
netmail (preferred) or email privately first.
# Any moderator action is OFF-TOPIC for public discussion in the echo. If
you have a problem with a moderator action, please contact him privately.
# The moderator wishes to do as little moderation as possible in here so
please behave yourself and act accordingly.
# This is a living document and is subject to change when need be.
# This document will be posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and
# Please don't hesitate to contact the moderator with any questions in
Thank you for your participation in POLITICS!
-- Sean Dennis
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