Considering current world events, I understand many people are wanting to discuss the virus situation. However, the last thread on this topic got way out of hand and has since been deleted. There is no need for name calling on this forum and insulting others based on their political leanings is uncalled for. Since that was one of the most active topics on this forum at the moment, further discussion will be allowed in this thread under some very specific guidelines. Other members will not be insulted based on their political leanings. I don't care what side of the fence you fall on, many people have been on this site and enjoyed conversing for years and to suddenly start degrading each other is absolutely uncalled for. Consequences: Three point warning for one month. This equals a one month suspension from the forums. Doesn't matter how long you've been here or how much you've contributed - if you insult someone's intelligence, beliefs, or anything else relating to their political leaning, you're out of here. Fact-based discussion is highly encouraged. If you post something under the guise of being scientific, be prepared to back it up. This is a place for intelligent conversation, not for wild theories that have no evidence. Consequences: Unsubstantiated posts and theories may be deleted to prevent the thread from being derailed. Continued posts of this nature will result in a warning. Criticism of news sources as being biased with no evidence to contradict the claim being made is not allowed. I know it and you know it: many popular news sources are either left-leaning or right-leaning, but that does not mean they are always completely inaccurate. If you see a link to an article that is from a news source that is traditionally biased against your own opinion, do not immediately discredit it. I can't possibly enforce whether you research something or not, but I encourage you to do your own research if something sticks out to you as being inaccurate or biased in some way. If you truly can't find any evidence to back up the claim that a news site is making, civil inquiries about the validity of the claim are allowed, as long as politics are left out as the conversation. Example of a type of post that will not be allowed: "Fox/CNN is your source? Come on." Consequences: uncivil posts attacking a news source for its political orientation will be deleted and a one point warning will be issued, expiring after a year. If continued posts of this nature are made, two more warning points will be issued that expire after one month, resulting in a one month suspension from the forums. More guidelines may be added depending on how the thread progresses. If something falls outside of these guidelines but is clearly uncivil, it will be removed and a warning or suspension may be issued depending on the content of the post. There is no reason we can't have a calm, fact-based discussion about COVID-19. If you find yourself questioning whether or not your post will be allowed, don't post it. This topic will be strictly enforced from this point on.