We’ve seen a number of ‘heated’ exchanges on Tesla’s forums, some very repetitive, some involving angry insults. I believe that such exchanges are an unproductive way of clarifying issues.
Do you agree or disagree?
I propose the following list of preferred behaviors to foster better communication:
Always state your ideas as clearly and simply as you can.
Use simple respectful language, devoid of insults or innuendos.
In followup posts in a series, always address the questions asked by others, even if you need to say: “I don’t know”.
When introducing specific claims regarding factual information, include links to the sources of the information you present.
When you express thoughts that can’t be verified as factual, include words that indicate clearly that you’re expressing an opinion, a preference, or an estimate …
It’s OK to disagree respectfully with another poster’s comments.
When posting comments that disagree with another post, cite or quote the post, state which parts you agree with, which parts you disagree with, and why.
If you feel a need to vent anger, include simple words acknowledging that you’re venting. It’s OK to say “I disagree with Grinnin’VA’s logic.” Here’s what I think: .... Or I think Grinnin’VA is wrong … Even “I feel angry at Grinnin’VA because …
It’s not OK to say Grinnin’VA is a jerk, or any similar thing.
When a series of posts exhausts the new ideas from the participants without leading to agreement, simply say so. After that, no further comment on the issue is appropriate unless a participant introduces relevant new information, reopening the topic for further discussion.
1. Do you believe these rules would help our discussions of controversial issues?
2. Do you have any changes to suggest that you believe would improve these rules?
3. Are you willing to try to abide by these rules?