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These forums have been set up to allow forum members to participate in intelligent, informed debate on a number of serious topics.

Discussions in forums of this nature often get heated, but it is important that while you may take issue with another poster's viewpoint, you must not resort to personal attacks or abuse. Please stay on topic and refrain from posting offensive or inflamatory remarks that stray beyond the bounds of reasoned debate.

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Below is a summary of points that may make posts open to moderation

  • Spamming or repeated posting
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  • Personal attacks against other posters

It is our aim that these forums be as open as possible and it is our hope that moderation be kept to a minimum. All moderation will be made using best-judgement and will never be used to stifle opinion, so long as such posts remain within the boundaries set out above.

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