[QUOTE="renukakarthikayan, post: 79780, member: 7604"]click on this link..here to get a picture how things are debated here. [URL="http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=10"]Philosophy [/URL] [URL="http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=10"]- Hindu Dharma Forums [/URL][/QUOTE] Smt Renu Thanks for providing reference to another forum. I think opposing view points, when presented with scholarly analysis, with maturity reflected in the approach to presentation and with responses that shows understanding of the previous points will make for a very interesting forum discussion. This forum is capable of rising to these levels consistently even if there may be a discordant note here and there. I would like a thread on what makes a great debate, how forum members can self moderate themselves and how members can make this an exemplary forum in all topic areas. Perhaps I will start such a thread since the topic of this thread is different and share my thoughts. I would be interested in learning what others have to say Regards
Based on recent discussions in other threads recently it seemed that a discussion/debate on what makes for a great debating platform would be useful to make this forum even more useful.
We seem to have many members who are regular contributors. Some are very knowledgeable in some areas and learning in other areas from what I am able to sense. In topics such as religion and politics conflicting viewpoints will arise which when debated properly is very useful to everyone. In the absense of conflicts one cannot have an interesting forum discussion.
The forum rules are minimal and we all want to abide by them. This discussion here has nothing to do with forum rules. Moderators do a thankless job in my view. The forum owner has done a phenomenal service by creating this platform for us to grow in our knowledge.
By being members it seems to me that we have a responsibility to do self-moderation based on a set of guidelines, etiquettes and tips. Again these should not contradict existing forum rules.
I am not claiming any answers but would like to hear from people what works for you.
We want to have vigorous debates. We want to do that without hurting anyone.
Let me start off by a suggestion or two,
- Take ownership when presenting point of view unless something is established as a universally accepted fact. For example if you think Sri Sankara has really gotten away in his commentary regarding Advita with claims that do not make sense, then please state that "In my view or in my understanding I am not sure how Sri Sankara is able to ..... etc etc" The idea is that you can state any idea and take on historical figures with respect and by stating even at the point of being redundant that it is your idea. If you admit you have confusion that is fine. There are some who may preface by saying that "I may be slow to get or whatever" but that may come across as sarcastic.
- Going after wrong ideas presented should be fair game in my view. However you cannot express the points as an attack on the person since the person is greater than the idea.
- Please recognize the following pattern and call the pattern out - A strongly worded response is provided by person A to person B. Person B turns around and re-interprets or over-interprets the 'attack' on an issue as an attack on him or her (that is person B). The person B plays victim and escalates the situation.
- When one gives references that are questionable - say a blog that does not have credibility - it does reflect (poorly) on the poster's points of arguments. Wikipedia references are *sometimes* not very valid since many of those can be changed by any one of us. It is an evolving reference to content that is being modified by readers all the time.
- More than simple Sir,Madam, ji,Dear etc our posting has to reflect those feelings to the person even while making strong points
- If somone does not play fair stop interacting with them. Better yet deal with them directly one on one in a PM to reach resolution