Topic: The Crisis-of-Democracy Thread: On Trump, Brexit, and Other Concerns
This thread has one rule:
Belittling of private figures will not be tolerated.
Everybody using this forum is a private figure.
If you're in any way confused about the implications of this rule, I'll include additional details in the spoiler box below. (Note: If you fail to read these details and then mess-up later in the thread, I'll be holding you accountable for having not read it, so... seriously: if you're confused, read the box.)
I'll show up in your post with bright red text and explain: 1) that I have edited your post; 2) what edits I have made; and: 3) why I made them. Express "harsh" opinions "harshly," if you want — you do you; it's your speech; these are harsh times — but keep a weather eye on your aim.
So, what's a "private figure?" Anybody who doesn't draw a public paycheck somewhere on Earth. Pursuant to these rules, Jared Kushner — for example; or Nigel Farage, or Marine Le Pen — is still "a public official," as far as a FIYH forumer from Croatia would be concerned. The "public" in-question doesn't have to reflect your national public; if [the person you're addressing] is beholden to the public, somewhere, they're public.
Until they draw a public check, another FIYH forumer is not a public official under any set of circumstances.
If your expression-of-opinion targets and belittles anybody on this forum — rather than their argument — you've fucked up. Get harsh with their opinions as you see fit, but if you go 'beyond' their opinion (into their 'motivations,' or anything along those lines), be warned: I will be actively seeking opportunities which allow me to demonstrate that the forum is being kept safer for them than you. I will take their side.
...and I love you, you idiot, so... for fuck's sake, don't make me do this. It's just one rule. Let's be cool, right?
Express your opinions into the conversation — not onto the conversant.
If you're not sure whether something crosses the line, you probably should rewrite the 'iffy' bit.
I have a tendency to fix your typos.