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Old 06-05-2010, 06:33 PM
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Wasn’t sure where or to whom this should be addressed…

Recently, there were three different threads about a similar theme: the Van Der Sloot case and a spin off or two about whether people consider “innocent until proven guilty” in their personal opinions - and if the concept is really upheld in our court system. Apologies to the thread originators if I didn’t capture the points you were going for.

In any case, it looks like all three of the threads have been closed. I started thinking it was me because each closed shortly after I posted!

It seems within the scope of this forum to discuss current newsworthy items and legal concepts/practices. Is there a moderator or someone out there who can help a poster out with wording a new thread so we can dig into these topics?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Old 06-05-2010, 06:59 PM
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For general discussions, the Politics forum (or another general forum, if not a political question) is the appropriate location.
  • A poll asking whether someone is guilty or not does not belong in Great Debates.
  • A thread asking whether an established American legal precept is a "myth" or not does not belong in Great Debates.
  • A news topic that is already being discussed elsewhere probably does not belong in Great Debates.

Here's what the Administrator said when he established this forum:

Great Debates is meant for respectful, intelligent, serious, well thought-out, slower-paced debates about all kinds of interesting issues.

So before starting a thread, ask: Is there something to debate? Not just discuss -- DEBATE. If not, the thread is out of place in this forum.
Old 06-05-2010, 07:15 PM
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As the other moderator of Great Debates, I completely agree with Dark of the Moon. It has been pointed out in the stickies at the top of this forum that this is a forum that will not tolerate the usual give and take, jabs and one line answers.

One thing that I would like to point out is the other forum that I also moderate. Politics and Other Controversies. Take a look in there at the wide array of topics. Perhaps that is were many topics (such as current newsworthy items and legal concepts/practices.) that do not belong in Great Debates can be discussed.
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