We view this space as a place for friends to talk with each other about topics that are important to them. Sometimes those conversations become uncomfortable or even heated. This community is so diverse in terms of race, religion, nationality, political stance, socioeconomic background, gender identity, etc. that everyone is able to bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to the topics of the day. For some members, this is the only place they can have these conversations. For some members, this is the only exposure they have to experiences that are significantly different from their own. We do not believe there is any set of rules that can force this forum into what it is intended to be - an open exchange of ideas. We will move to a limited moderation model for this space going forward. That means we will not be actively moderating the content of this forum. To be very clear, this is not an open license for people to say whatever they want. The code of conduct still applies, and we absolutely will not tolerate hate speech, threats, etc. The Current Events forum as it is will be archived, though the posts will remain viewable for a period of time so that authors may review/save content. We will then launch two forums in its place - News & Politics and Spirituality & Religion. These forums will be hidden from view unless you request access. The presence of these boards will be shared within the Discussion Halls. Any member who wants to request access to the new forums will need to submit a request for each forum individually. By requesting access, you agree to a specific set of rules. New Rules: TarValon.Net offers ideological discussion forums (i.e. News & Politics, Spirituality & Religion) as a place for an open exchange of ideas and personal perspectives. Participation in these forums is optional. They are intended to provide a place to learn from each other and our individual experiences, and help us connect to the personal impact of the world around us in a way that news sources cannot. As our individual perceptions are unique and each member has the right to their own beliefs and outlooks, these forums will not be moderated for content. The code of conduct still applies and statements that express hate or encourage violence towards a person or group based on something such as race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. We hope that you find these forums engaging and that they provide a place where you can learn from the diverse members of our community. You must be 18 years of age or over to access these forums as many conversations include mature content. You may opt out the same way you have opted in, by filling out the form. Trigger Warnings & spoiler tags are recommended for hot topics, but are not required. These discussions will not spill into other areas of TarValon.Net. If you want to have a private discussion with someone, you need to ask them if they are open to it. You should not be pulling these conversations into the other forums or official TarValon.Net chat areas. Your opinions and beliefs will not be considered when you are evaluated for potential raising, but the way you conduct yourself here absolutely can be. For example: If you are trolling people, people will consider you a troll, and people may call you out as a troll. Consider the consequences of your actions before you post. Be aware that if you express an opinion that offends someone else, they very well may call you out. For example: If you make a statement that is an example of systemic racism, another member may point out that this is considered a racist statement. You are agreeing to conduct yourself as an adult amongst friends. The only posts that should be reported are those which egregiously violate the code of conduct or threaten violence. These forums are OPTIONAL. You do not have to participate if you do not feel comfortable with the experience we have designed for this space. Rollout Plan: The Current Events forum will become view-only on Monday, June 8th. There will be no Current Events forum available to post in for approx 2 days while we take the steps necessary to change permissions. A form has been created here where you can opt in to the News & Politics forum and the Spirituality & Religion forum separately. These two new forums will be created & permission will be granted to those who opted in during the 2 day window. If you fill out the form later, you will be granted access to the forums following receipt of your request. These two new forums will be opened for posting Wednesday, June 10th. The News & Politics forum will effectively replace the Current Events forum. The content will not be moved over, but you will have visibility into the Current Events forum for 2 months to reference any content you want before we archive it. The Current Events forum will become Archived, not deleted. The content will not be visible long term, but it will exist. Officers & Execs will be able to reference/retrieve this content as needed. There will be notes for new members to let them know these new forums exist, the Opt Out form will be stickied in these forums, and the Opt In form will be stickied somewhere so you can easily find it for future opt ins.