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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Dased and Confuzed 

How are the posters in the Jokers Current Affairs forum supposed to know what the rules are when they change day to day depending on which mod you talk to and which way the wind blows? The rule has always been that you do not discuss the source of the article but the content of the article. Then we had someone come along and question Fox News as a source and we get this post from bustbunny2:

Notice to all:

Discussing the source IS fine. We're all entitled to place value on a given source as we see fit. What is NOT okay is going on about each other. There's some definite line-toeing going on tonight. Please take it back to the actual topic. Thank you.


The next day someone questions Washington Post as the source of an article and we get this post from debber:

Seriously how many times does it take? Stop with the source bashing. And this goes for EVERYONE.

If the story is slanted, the writer did it. Argue the story NOT the source, this is petty and annoying. Do we need time outs all around? Unless that article is about slanted sources, then it NOT up for debate. IS THAT CLEAR ENOUGH?


How can the posters keep the rules straight if the mods can't even do so?

RE UPDATE: Some of our reliable readers have informed us that Jokers is pretty consistent in their policy on sources. From what I understand the policy is set up to ensure articles are discussed on their merits, including the source, but discourages dismissing an article purely due to its source. And to discourage endless debates on the merit of a source. So stating an article comes from Penthouse Letters so may be somewhat suspect, then discussing the article is OK. But stating that an article comes from the New York Times and thus is rubbish is not.

I am still Dased and Confuzed.