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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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Me too...

I've never been too good at book learnin and such.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Don't worry about it

Just do your best.

He's the man.

Thank so much

Thank you Michael and all who contibute to this site. I don't know what I would do without my morning Paul.

excessive use of caps?

wow. mr nystrom, i appreciate all you've done with this website... but i fail to see how capslock is an heinous act... lol

i will try to keep my usage of said caps at a minimum, in an effort to maintain my ability to post...

hey, i'm just having fun - please take no offense.

Bump for Liberty!

Michael Nystrom's picture

THAT IS OKAY!

I LIKE PEOPLE TO HAVE FUN !!!

He's the man.

What?

I couldn't quite understand you over your loud typing.

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HE SAID YOU NEED TO TYPE LOUDER!!!!!! LOL

New math!

What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

LOL

*)) must admit to having some fun couple of times when I changed headline from caps to small and one time headline was soooo long I made it short.

http://www.votenader.org/blog/2008/09/10/statement-to-ron-pa...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/57925480@N00/2660779139/sizes/l/

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All Caps is considered to be shouting

in the internet world. I know---I think it is silly to compare Caps to shouting, but I was raised that "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me!" so I don't let it bother me.

Thank you for the wbsite!

One of the best on the web!

Fair rules

- should be easy for most people to live with.

Thanks for all your efforts, Michael.

Re: Representing Dr. Paul

I apologise for my English. There are millions of people like myself, who have dyslexia and learning disabilities, evident in spelling, and grammer. It's a big reason why people like myself stop reading and writing. The embarrasment and shame is heavy, but I have refused to let it stop me. I'm human, and I know other humans have the capacity to read and comprehend what I am writing despite the errors, and I also know "spell check czars", edit posts because they have very low self esteme and find correcting others as a means make themselves feel smarter or better, while avoiding debating the issue in the original post. If I'm banned from the Daily Paul, I will take it that it's my spelling, but, this thing about "representing Ron Paul". Ron Paul said, "I don't want to be your dictator." I appreciate that statement.

Ron Paul represented me in this last election even though I did not agree with Ron Paul 100%. I have been a Ralph Nader supporter since 1992 and have not agreed with Ralph nader 100%, and Ralph Nader NEVER once, nor did any Nader supporter, ever ask me to represent Nader. What is wonderful about Nader is how he loves to debate and encourages us to be leaders, representing issues through research, such as Public Interest Research Groups PRIGS.

IMO Ron Paul's run hurt Ralph Nader because people like me who have worked hard for Nader put Nader on the back burner and worked hard hoping Ron Paul would make an Independent run (even knowing he would not, we had to try) And what we got was an inside look at the GOP and had all our theories confirmed.

So with this, it would be my hope, that Daily Paul would be a place where respectfully we can debate issues Ron Paul leads, such as economics, cannabis, healthcare, foreign policy, constitutional laws.

I love Daily Paul and the community that has evolved here. I make time to come and visit here. I am sorry I have learning disabilites and think Ron Paul represents me, I don't represent Ron Paul. I hope this is not going to get me banned. If it does, I THANK YOU for making Daily Paul and tolerating me.

Nice comment Granger.

My husband is dyslexic. My local newspaper once wrote a front page article on dyslexia. In large letters they printed what seemed as nonsense words. It asked us to try to read it. And then after you have tried to read it, to hold it up to the mirror. I couldn't read it until I held it up to the mirror. When my husband came home I asked him if he could read it, and without a moment's pause, he read it right off the bat.

It seems like it takes him a long time to read a book. It's no wonder. But when it comes to any kind of math or formulas, he is amazing. He is exceptionally gifted in that way. Funny how that works.

Thank you realdeal

I have seen the test you mentioned, and like your husband, I had no problem reading it, and at the time I saw that test, years ago, it got me thinking about dyslexia being a kind of a gift to seeing "truths". Dyslexia forces us to look and look again because we can never be sure what we saw. And it's amazing that some things are so clear to read and see (patterns), and others, no matter how many times we look, wind up being "blocks". A friend once commented they are like, "speed bumps" and another said, "blood clots", but it's as if what is printed is not clear because it was never meant to be clear, and that is what dyslexics see. I believe dyslexics depend upon TRUTH because we are always second quessing ourselves and what we see when those "blocks", speed bumps, or blood clots appear in what others write. In other words, while normal people see spelling errors, dyslexics see how the dots connect to truth or bs no matter how well spelled out or otherwise.

Spelling Nazi Speaks

To my orthographically challenged comrades:
Peace -- and hear me out.

As our generous host has stated above, to the world at large we represent The Good Doctor. When I post poorly spelled or ambiguously phrased arguments I am delivering ammunition to our adversaries who can then point me out and say that my ignorance or sloppy thinking is typical of the "kook fringe" to which Dr Paul appeals.

Like it or not, we live in the real world and the real world is filled with real people who can often be really superficial and really dismissive. No matter how valuable the product is, if it's wrapped up in torn paper and stained ribbons it will frequently be rejected even before the contents are examined.

A campaign for the hearts and minds of our fellow Terrans is in many respects a sales campaign, and in sales, presentation matters! Misspelled words do not advance our cause, they detract from it.

I try to bear in mind the inside-out haiku (kuhai? kaihu?) that I composed years ago...

A writer who cannot spell
Inspires confidence,
Like a speaker saying, "Uuhhh."

dynamite anthrax supreme court white house tea party jihad
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West of 89
a novel of another america
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161155#longdescr

Well said,

Professor.

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"the only thing that keeps the banking system from failing is general ignorance about how the banking system works."
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I respectfully disagree

I am dyslexic like these people: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/article_2130.shtml

The computer was supposed to help me overcome my severe dyslexia when it was prescribed to me in 1989.

Make room in your heart

for the retarded biscuit heads of this world...They always zig when day shoulda zagged..

He does serve a wonderful purpose though...He's a great Wiki-Human..

Go ahead...ask him anything..I bet he knows it...I dare ya.

______________________

First of all, dearheart,

That's supposed to be old retarded biscuit head isn't it?

Second, I don't know everything, but I do know enough to confess my ignorance rather than to surrender to it. And I also know enough to kiss up to pretty girls and web site owners.

Kiss Kiss Kiss Dahlink! (one extra for MANystrom)

The Freakdom Formula: CH3CH2OH + H20 + THC + O2

dynamite anthrax supreme court white house tea party jihad
======================================
West of 89
a novel of another america
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161155#longdescr

Speaking of kissing pretty girls---

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are
> interested in them?
>
> A: Try a bookstore under fiction.

I couldn't resist!

There's not a whole lot to

There's not a whole lot to disagree with...just do your best.

d

Nystrom, thanks for holding up your end of Liberty!!!!

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Thanks again.

As always. This site is greatly appreciated.

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Thanks Mike

This site is always a pleasure to visit. I am here every day. (and hope to still be after this post!) I do have some questions/ comments about the rules...First off, since when was spelling an issue? I mean to ban a person for poor grammar seems a little silly. Disrespectful behavior is one thing but not using spell check seems to be throwing the baby out with the bath water...if someone has a good idea, sharing it is vital....how it's spelled does not matter (at least not to me). Second, what are the rules regarding non-violent civil disobedience? While it's certainly illegal, it's also supported by Ron Paul. Will those wanting to discuss civil disobedience also be banned?

I think your asking for reasonable things, and most know that this site is a gift and a privilege, but for it to truly be in the spirit of Ron Paul...

It should (in my opinion) be the change we want in our world, such as tolerance for unpopular ideas. Let's not forget, Ron Paul's ideas are considered unpopular to the masses. How did we all feel when he was banned from places to talk? There is nothing more significant to workable ideas then debate. If folks want to come here and rant and rave about non-sense I think we should support that, and debate them. Again, I understand bouncing people who are flat out being disrespectful just for the fun of it, but I thought we were here to bring back freedom. Even the freedom to be a jerk. Claiming to want to restore individual liberty everywhere, while limiting it in places you control seems a little like the neo-con foreign/domestic policy approach.

No one here wants to loose this site, and I for one do not want you to get into any trouble, but by saying "if you do this I will ban you" automatically censors individual thought. Why not be the big tent and use our wisdom and love of liberty to combat stupidity, as opposed to the totalitarian approach?

in Liberty

Avit187

I've been wondering about the peaceful,....

civil disobedience issue as well (look at Rosa Parks for a good example). There is sometimes a vast difference between moral and legal, they sometimes even conflict. Michael, I also respectfully request an answer to this.

Libera me, let the truth break, what my fears make--Leslie Phillips

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

reasonable guidelines

Your guidelines sound good Michael. Thank you for keeping the site together.

Thank you for keeping this site up.

It is a great website.

LivingTheDream

Agreed!

Agreed!

bump

a must read for all.

http://www.votenader.org/blog/2008/09/10/statement-to-ron-pa...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/57925480@N00/2660779139/sizes/l/

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Thank you for even keeping

Thank you for even keeping this place alive. Your simple rules are overstood. And please excuse my excessive use of periods....It's my mark. : )