Flat Earth believers, thought to be extinct 100 years ago, have re-emerged and are walking amongst us. This sign seems to be typical of the lack of comprehension of the Believers. I mourn for humanity. Has anyone seen other Flat Earth signs in New Zealand? ... See MoreSee Less
This Facebook group has been set up by the NZ Skeptics Society. The group is run by volunteers, most of whom are not associated with the Society. Comments made in this group do not represent the position of the Society or its members. For the Society’s stance on a matter, go to skeptics.nz or contact [email protected] .
THE TEN SKEPTICAL COMMANDMENTS =================================
1. Posts should promote the application of skeptical thinking, and should therefore have a subject and tone that will allow for productive discussion based on reason and evidence. Admins reserve the right to ask posters to edit or rephrase, or to close threads that they consider to be inconsistent with the aims of the Group.
2. Give details of relevance for posts that you create. What are we looking at and why? What is your take on it? Why is it relevant to a skeptics group?
3. Strive to behave in a civil manner. It is fine to disagree with other members, but not to insult them. What a person has on their profile should not be used against them or their argument. Argue based on issues, not personalities. Argument backed up by reason and evidence will be more convincing (making judgements based on reason and evidence is at the heart of skepticism).
4. Be inclusive. Do not use marginalising language, such as sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist remarks (an ableist remark is discriminatory against people with disabilities).
5. Add a content warning if your post includes graphic or disturbing content, or refers in any detail to rape, sexual abuse, self-harm or other potentially traumatic experiences. If the image used to accompany your post's link might be distressing, click the "Remove Preview" button to hide it.
6. Keep threads on topic. Please create a new thread if you want to talk about a topic that is substantively different to the original post's subject matter. Discussion about how threads are moderated should occur on the pinned post.
7. Keep threads intact. Please do not delete your posts without an admin's permission. Deleting means that the thread or sub-thread is lost, along with other members' comments that they may put a lot of work into.
8. Be patient with new members. "Piling on" sometimes happens to a new member who may be a little less skeptical than others, especially if they ask what would seem, to seasoned members, to be naive questions.
9. Keep admins unblocked. If an admin is blocked, they can no longer comment on any of your posts in the group, and are therefore unable to moderate your comments. If you feel you have a genuine reason to block an admin, please PM one of the other admins to explain your reasoning.
10. Do not advertise in the group, unless the advert is of obvious relevance to skepticism (e.g. skeptical events). If you would like to post something that looks like an advert that is unrelated to skepticism, but you still consider it of interest to the group, please PM an admin first with details of the proposed post, and they will let you know if it is okay. . GUIDELINES ==========
The aim of this Group is to create a place for a particular kind of discussions – those which are based on reason and evidence, between people who are open to having their views and beliefs challenged by such things. There are many places on the internet where people can go to trade insults or mock other people. This is not such a place.
As such, we have drawn up some rules and guidelines to promote such an environment. This is not, however, an exhaustive list, and Admins also reserve the right to take action in the case of posts or discussions that we deem contrary to the objectives of the Group.
To try to preserve the distinctive character of the Group, we ask contributors to try to make sure their posts are of a type that’s likely to promote skeptical discussion or thinking. Posts that are just inviting mockery of someone’s opinion or lack of knowledge are unlikely to do this. Likewise posts about opinions that are so extreme or unreasonable that they are unlikely to find any support within the Group. It’s easy to find absurd examples of almost any ideology or position, but more useful discussions tend to follow when posters seek out the best available versions, rather than the weakest.
Experience has shown that threads on certain “hot button” topics – including racism and Islamophobia, feminism and sexism, animal rights and veganism - have tended to become very heated, so if raising those subjects, please give some thought to how to go about that in a respectful and productive way.
Joke posts and memes rarely start productive discussions (we want quality content that encourages discussion, not image macros). Unless such a post is of a high enough standard to generate quality discussion, it is likely it will be removed, or comments closed.
We want the Group to be a welcoming place for anyone who is open to rational discussions. The Group itself has no particular political position, and everyone can expect to have their views and assumptions challenged. However, insulting, demeaning and marginalising language is not welcome here. This includes (but is not limited to) sexist, racist, homophobic and ableist terms and particularly insults.
We hope this does not make the Group sound overly restrictive, or the Admins heavy handed. The vast majority of discussions take place within the rules and the spirit of the Group, and require no moderation. We hope you understand what we are trying to promote here, and get as much from the Group as we do. .
GROUP ADMINISTRATION =====================
If group policies are not being followed, an admin can:
- Issue a warning that asks for things to be done differently in future.
- Issue a final warning to a member that they will be removed from the group if admin action is required against them in the future.
- Turn off commenting on a thread.
- Ask a member to change or remove an inappropriate comment or post.
- Delete a highly inappropriate post.
- Remove a member from the group (either for a stand-down period, or permanently).
An admin will include the [admin] tag in their message if they are posting in their role as an admin. If the [admin] tag is not present, then the admin is posting as a group member.
You can ask to be reinstated if you have been removed from the group. This will be approved if the member agrees to follow our policies in future, and the admins think that readmission is reasonable (taking into account the reason the member was removed).
We will remove a member immediately in rare instances of very bad behaviour (including spam).
Our goal is to keep out fake accounts when deciding on whether to add a new member. Determining whether an account is fake can be difficult where privacy settings hide most information about the account. If your request to join is declined, please PM an admin to discuss our reasons.
If you feel an admin is abusing their position, please PM any other admin with your concerns. ... See MoreSee Less