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Daily Paul House Rules and Posting Guidelines

Below are the long form posting guidelines for the Daily Paul. Please review them and add any comments below. Here is a brief summary:

Purpose

  1. To keep the ideas and message of Peace, Sound Money and Liberty alive through discussion and practice.
  2. To serve as an open forum for the honest discussion of ideas and the search for truth.
  3. To share, practice and spread these ideas as far as possible in the world we live in. This site will thus remain in existence as long as there is a need for it, and as long as there are supporters willing to help keep it going.

Please note that this website is my private property. Participating here is a privilege, not a right, a difference fundamental to understanding the message of freedom. Though this site does not officially represent Dr. Paul, all here shall strive to follow the gentlemanly example he sets.

Rules

  1. No profane, disrespectful or divisive language
  2. Spell check and grammar check your work before posting, and refrain from excessive use of CAPITAL LETTERS
  3. Do not post the ENTIRE text of articles from other sites. This is copyright infringement, and could get you, me, and this site in trouble. (In fact, it already has!) Feel free to post a short intro, and then a link to the original article. Understanding fair use would be wise, also.
  4. Do not post racist, sexist, pornographic or otherwise obscene materials
  5. Do not engage in flame wars, personal attacks on other members, incite or encourage violence, post spam or advertisements.
  6. Do not bump your own thread to keep it on the front page, or post the same non-related comment on multiple threads to promote your website or event
  7. No Assholes
  8. If you have an idea, then you do it, not Michael Nystrom, not Ron Paul. You. Learn how and do it.
  9. Any powers not herein delegated are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.

"Failure to follow these rules can result in banishment from the community."

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LONG FORM Posting Guidelines

I set up this website/blog/forum in January 2007 as a place for Ron Paul supporters to communicate with each other during Ron Paul's 2008 presidential bid. That election ended, but the passionate community of supporters who believe in freedom, liberty, peace, and justice remained as strong as ever. No other candidate has as loyal and passionate a following as Dr. Paul has developed.

The ongoing purpose of this site has therefore become 1) to keep the ideas and message espoused by Dr. Paul alive, 2) to serve as an open forum for the honest discussion of ideas and the search for truth, and 3) to share, practice and spread these ideas as far and wide as possible in the world we live in. This site will thus remain in existence as long as there is a need for it, and as long as there are supporters willing to help keep it going.

This website is my private property. Participating here is a privilege, not a right. Understanding the difference between these concepts is fundamental to understanding the message of freedom and liberty.

The Daily Paul welcomes freedom lovers and students of Liberty everywhere! Anyone is initially granted the privilege (but not the right) to read and post to this site.

In order to post to this site, first you must become a member. All comers are welcome! Members must abide by a few simple rules:


1) Even though this site is not in any official way affiliated with Dr. Paul or any of his multiple organizations, by participating in this site you are still representing Dr. Paul in the eyes of the public.

Dr. Paul is a compassionate, humble, honest, fair and kindhearted human. Follow Dr. Paul’s lead. For a short introduction to what Dr. Paul is like, read this little article. This site is a place to practice creating the kind of world you want live in with your words. On this site, please don’t use profanity or other disrespectful or divisive language.


2) ALWAYS spell check and grammar check your work before posting. The new Firefox has a built in spell checker. Misspelled words get a red underline, and if you right click on them, you get some options from a built-in dictionary.


3) Do not post the text of entire articles from other sites. This is copyright infringement, and could get you, me, and this site into legal hot water! (In fact, it already has!) Feel free to post a brief commentary, and then a link to the original article.

YouTube videos and images cannot be embedded in the forum for copyright and security reasons. Feel free to link to them. Just copy and paste the address, and it will turn into a link automatically.

We are here to support each other, to help each other grow, examine our assumptions, and be more powerful advocates for Liberty in the outside world. We want to be welcoming to new comers to the site. Be the change you want to see in the world. In your world, it all begins with you.

In order for this website to continue functioning, members must agree to play by the rules and respect the community. Anyone who does not respect the community or the guidelines above is not welcome here. Any of the following are grounds to have your post/comment deleted without notice.

Engaging in flame wars or personal attacks on other members, racist or sexist remarks, posting obscene materials, inciting or encouraging violent or illegal acts, posting spam, bumping your own thread to keep it on the front page, posting the same non-related comment on multiple threads to promote your website or event (This is considered spam. The forums are a place for discussion, not advertising), blatant advertising and/or EXCESSIVE USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS is prohibited. If you cannot consistently spell or check your grammar, you may also be banned.

Repeated offenses will result in the termination of your account. As I stated at the beginning, participation in this site is a privilege, not a right. Ultimately, anything that I, as owner and Executive of the Daily Paul, decide reflects poorly on Dr. Paul and/or sullies the good and peaceful name of Ron Paul, the Daily Paul or said supporters is not welcome here. At the end of the day, the Daily Paul is my house. I set it up to honor, respect and promote Ron Paul and the principles of freedom and Liberty. Play fair and you're welcome to stay. Abuse what is offered and you will be banished.

Thank you for your understanding and welcome aboard a magical journey!

Michael Nystrom
Founder & Editor
www.dailypaul.com

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Happy to be a new dailyapaul member.

Hi everybody.it's good to be here, I do have to confess, I am really impress with level of intelligence and intellect of the members at this great site. looking forward to being part of Daily Paul family.

Just would like to point out

Just would like to point out that Emperor Mathew has repeatedly broke rule # 7. Just wondering how many times someone can break this rule before they are sent to exile. Thanks!

Thank you MN and DP

for putting up with me, I'm even a pain-in-the-butt to myself at times.

Thanks for giving us a second home.

Spam

I recently posted "Rand Paul: One person can make a difference" in the DP Liberty Forum. My post related to Rand's filibuster so I commented on many other posts relating to his filibuster and included links to my related post. As a result, I received a few complaints from DP members who said I was violating the rules against spam. So I read the rules again and they define spam as "posting the same non-related comment on multiple threads to promote your website or event."

The comments that a few DP members labeled as spam didn't fit the DP definition of spam because my comments specifically related to the thread I was commenting on, as did the link to my post. So I'm going to continue linking to my posts that relate to the threads I'm commenting on. However, I want to retain my privilege to participate at DP, so please let me know if I'm misunderstanding the rules against spam. Thank you.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Michael Nystrom's picture

You are misunderstanding - please don't do it

Thank you for addressing this.

I have seen the comments that you have mentioned here, and I also also thought they were spammy.

You put up a thread. Fine. That is what the DP is for.

To post another link to your thread in a comment that is essentially advertising your previous post is spam. Especially if it is done repeatedly, and in a premeditated manner, as your comments seem to have been done.

The comment I recall went something like,

"That is humorous. For another take on the topic, see my topic here..."

This is a form of advertising for your post. We don't need that here. Every post has an equal opportunity to be seen. Imagine if everyone starts advertising their posts in comments? It would render the site useless.

Sorry that wasn't in the original definition. I thought that would be obvious, though I haven't looked at the rules lately. I would prefer that common sense prevails, as I really don't want to have posting guidelines that are the length of the IRS tax code!

Thank you for asking.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

trying to figure out a way to reach you directly

This seems to be the best I can do.

I am about to super bump my latest post. Really there are just many comments that I wish to address/respond to. I dont normally like doing it but the subject is extremely interesting to me.

That being said, I would rather your explicit give me the go ahead than to just do it. If you would rather me not, please say the word, and I will comply in whatever way is most beneficial to the community.

Séamusín

The comment you cite...

did not say much about the humorous thread pertaining Rand's filibuster, but my comment was related to Rand's filibuster as specified by the rules. The other comments you define as spam had considerably more text specifically relating to the thread. But you're the boss so thanks for clarifying that links to my posts are spam even if they're related to the threads.

I'm going to comply with your request but would like to make one more point. You said "imagine if everyone starts advertising their posts in their comments". Well, I've noticed that many members have comments with links in the footers, and these links are in every comment whether or not they're related to the thread. I don't want what others are doing defined as spam, but what's the difference between links in footers and what I'm doing?

I certainly don't believe a forum for libertarian ideas needs something like the IRS code to explain the rules, but there does seem to be a bias in the way you enforce the rules. Thanks for listening.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Michael Nystrom's picture

I don't remember the exact comment

There were so many. I know there were a lot. I don't recall the exact content of the one.

If you want to put a link to your post in your signature line, that is fine. I don't have a problem with that.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Thank you very much...

for the prompt response. You've offered a very reasonable compromise and I accept it.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Banishment from DP

Do those who violate the rules get a warning?

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

sorry to hear about the lawsuit

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photoshopwiz's picture

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Northstar proposed that this be adopted for the DP ;>

I am working on a sign for my farm/nursery/home

Submitted by cultivator on Thu, 03/04/2010
Let me know what you think, what should I add? exclude?

Thanks,

cultivator

Please Notice : Posted Herein : Private Property
No Trust Passing Under Penalty of Prostitution
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Entering this private property is an agreement to
abide by all guidelines set by the private property
owner(s). Guidelines are subject to change at owner
will & whim. Drive really slow - seriously. Do not
disturb the peace. Conduct your social or business
matters in a timely and professional manner. No
dying on premises allowed. If you, your pet, your
child or your guest makes any messes - you clean
it up. If you, your pet, your child or your guest
breaks anything - you just bought it, you better fix
it like new, or you best compensate appropriately for
the damages. If you hurt yourself it’s your own fault
(really) - so pay attention. This is a Farm & Nursery
and sometimes it’s dirty and/or smelly. No smoking
unless it’s green (and you may be required to share).
If you cause any problems at all - whatsoever - the
property owner(s) reserves all lefts and will deal with
the issue on a personal basis without the aid of any
“authorities”. Government employees, contractors,
agents, and wannabes shall not pass the gate without
prior permission to be granted only by the private
property owner(s) in writing via postal mail services:
ABC123XYZ Farm c/o Unlikely to Happen Department
358 S Underlook Dr, Near Portland, Oregon (zip exempt).
Pack out what you pack in. No Cell phones allowed.
Enjoy your visit and be nice. Have a wonderful day.

___

: love, peace, and prosperity ~ always ~ to lisa and fanofwalt :

The "Anything Goes" Thread

The "Anything Goes" Thread, Con't.

"Profane" is an interesting and educational word

#1) "No profane, disrespectful or divisive language"

"Profane"

1.characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
2.not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred).
3.unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites.
4.not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
5.common or vulgar.

Being common and vulgar; reveling in our common nature is what profane people do.

Is it common and vulgar to address the issue? Is it disrespectful to confront a profane persons methodology? Divisive? There is a paradox here, and the last thing I want is to divide people. They divide themselves through profanity, through common and vulgar behavior, and I find it profane to try and exalt oneself above others; disrespectful.

bump

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Pay special attention to

#7,lol!

Gold standard: because man can not be trusted to control his greed

Yes...

Subjective?

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Everyone should read these posting guidelines

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Michael

How come this post
http://www.dailypaul.com/256620/control-the-internetexecutiv...

dropped off the front page within the first hour early this morning, despite having more votes than any post in the 'top recent topics', at the time. The posted information is most concerning, if accurate, and has ramifications for all of us.

"Hell is empty, and all the devils are here" (Shakespeare)
RP 2012~ Intellectual Revolution.

Close account?

Yes Michael, this is a wonderful site which has informed so very many to the clause of liberty. But freely, I am unable to find the "close your account, or deactivate". Can you help?

Peace.

Denise B's picture

Thank you Michael

for creating such a great pro-liberty forum! I wasn't sure where else I could post this, so I'm putting it here. Thank you so much also to both you and the mods for responding positively to my humble request to keep the front page articles all about Ron and Tampa this week. You guys really do a great job here and without a doubt, have played a role in the Ron Paul Revolution. Hope you're here for years to come. :)

I posted a comment which was

simply "bumping for great luck" on yesterday's post regarding an update with the law suit for the delegates and when tried to go back to that original posting, I got access denied?? Plus, there was some sentence supposedly from Bernanke?? and then the big access denied. I don't get it. It just seems really strange. I don't think posting "bumping for great luck" should be any type of problem. Clarification would be appreciated.

betty

bigmikedude's picture

The whole post was unpublished (403)

The headline (and much of the post) was misleading as if the suit had been settled and it has not been. It wasn't your comment Betty.

For future reference, questions like this are best posted in the Mod Box (little red cube in right hand column) . We check there more often. This post may drop off the list and we may not see questions posted here for a while.

Joη's picture

it needs to become a link

upload it somewhere, see
http://www.dailypaul.com/linking-your-media

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

How can I delete my posts?

How can I delete my posts?

Ooops!

My bad.

Let's see if I can still post....

How many -

votes are needed before you remove a comment? There is one today under the Audit the Fed postings that is disrespectful and just plain mean to a Paul supporter that made a video.

My first censored post...

I discovered this morning that my post "DP has divided into two factions.." 403's. Here's the link:

http://www.dailypaul.com/240629/rand-paul-confronted-on-mitt...

This post was evoked by the rampant downvoting of any post that raised questions/concerns about the campaign/candidate on the Ron Paul video message thread. I observed that DP had apparently divided into two factions, the "worshipful deniers" and the "clear-eyed realists." This was not a personal attack against any poster (I posted it to someone also critical of the campaign), it was not part of a "flame war," which I take to be a sustained exchange of personal attacks, it was merely an observation about current forum dynamics. I saw imminently reasonable posts on the Ron Paul message thread downvoted a net -20 or more merely because they raised reasonable questions/concerns about the candidate/campaign. Are we not permitted to comment on this forum phenomenon? As I value reading posts by "clear-eyed realists," it is a concern to me, because the rampant downvoting of their posts makes it easier to miss them (since it collapses them into a faint font-shrunk title-only placemarker).

Please advise.

Joη's picture

the OP containing your post was a duplicate

duplicates are frowned upon. Consolidation post here:
http://www.dailypaul.com/240396/rand-paul-confronted-on-mitt...

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

You mean the thread I posted to was a duplicate?

So, all posts to the duplicate thread are disappeared when the two threads are consolidated?