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Old 10-08-2011, 01:21 AM   #1
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Question Puzzled

Did I cross some unknown line by posting a thought on the (I guess now defunct) Amanda Knox book discussion? I saw that the thread had been moved, and when I clicked on it to see where it had been moved to, I got a message that I did not have sufficent privilege to access the thread - or similar language.

Did I break a rule somewhere?
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:38 AM   #2
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Not at all. The thread was moved to our Politics and Religion forum. Those members wishing to seriously discuss topics that are in the realm of politics and religion are invited to join our special usergroup ('Hardened Debaters'). Just go to your User CP, then click 'Join Groups', then click on 'Hardened Debaters'. You will be asked to agree that you can handle the discussions that take place there in a mature and respectable manner. Unless you are a member, the forum does not show on our main forum page.

The below announcement post by Alex explains the P&R forum in more detail.
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I'll get right to the point: Politics and religion are two subjects that are no fit for our general forums.

We've often asked ourselves what to do with off-topic threads that deal with politics or religion. These frequently lead to heated debates, and detract from the lively, fun-loving atmosphere that MobileRead is intended to have.

Sometimes we'd like to think along the lines of Jack Bauer when he says "We don't have time for that!" We've been "soft-pedaling" on enforcing the MR guidelines somewhat, most noticeable in the main forums as well as in the lounge, to allow discussions that include a religious or political subject. With mixed results. We've received negative feedback from you who would rather not see such content regardless of the tenor of the discussion. After all, MobileRead is about e-books, right? Yet others have expressed a great interest in these discussions, as long as they remain civil and intellectually gratifying.

So what to do? Thanks to our collective hive mind we found a solution that should accommodate as many of your views as possible. From now on:

Discussions related to politics or religion are available on an opt-in and opt-out basis only (opt-out by default).

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In our general forums we're reverting to our previous standards and restrict political and religious topics that have absolutely no connection to our site's theme (e-books, reading, publishing, etc.).

For anyone who is genuinely interested in discussing politics and religion, we've set in place a special usergroup ('Hardened Debaters').

Joining this usergroup means you wish to access our new Politics and Religion forum section and that you agree that you can handle the discussions that take place there in a mature and respectable manner. It goes without saying that our guidelines in terms of discussing things politely still apply.

So, if you're for these types of discussions, go to Group Memberships in your control panel and click on "Join Group" to join the "Hardened Debaters" group. That's all there's to it, you should now be able to see the Politics and Religion discussion forum on the main forum index. Leave the group at any time if you want to opt out again.

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Old 10-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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I see; thanks for letting me know so quickly. =)

No, I'm not interested in discussing politics or religion here, I just commented on the the books written about the case.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:06 AM   #4
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No, I'm not interested in discussing politics or religion here, I just commented on the the books written about the case.
You can still join the group and not discuss P&R. Joining the group only makes the forum visible for you, participating or not is up to you
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:04 PM   #5
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I had the same thing happen as pendragginp. And I'm still confused. What do books about the Amanda Knox case have to do with religion or politics?
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:14 PM   #6
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I had the same thing happen as pendragginp. And I'm still confused. What do books about the Amanda Knox case have to do with religion or politics?
We have had contentious discussions about this case and those discussions are now in the P&R forum. Due to the tendency of this topic to move into heated discussions about the various aspects of the case, evidence, and each country's judicial system differences, we decided to keep the discussions in the P&R forum.
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