What has made Docudharma special has been the mandate to be excellent to one another. When this blog first began, the users contributed some terrific writing and friendships were formed. It has, for many, been a place of refuge with the opportunity to present ideas in a welcoming and genteel atmosphere that was, for the most part, unique on the Internet.
The core users have not changed and there is much to love about Docudharma. There has also been an influx of new users and with a small portion has come baggage from other blogs. Like a hailstorm on a petal, it has upset what I’ve referred to in the past as dharmakarma.
I’m asking, as a long time contributor who cares very much about this site, that those who came here with baggage respect this site and leave that baggage at the door.
Several of the new users have weighed in that I/P should be discussed. Buhdy addressed that directly in a recent diary and determined that inflammatory I/P should not. If you have questions about that, it is up to buhdy to decide and you should take it up with him, rather than challenging users who support his rules. It is up to the blog owner to set them.
I do support his mandate of excellence and no inflammatory I/P essays. I believe that mandate is essential to the dharmakarma essence of Docudharma. Does it mean that all subjects are banned? Of course not. But if an essay has been determined by buhdy to be inflammatory, then supporting it by filling the threads on the topic is a way to erode the mandate. If the topic itself can be presented in a non-inflammatory way, a better approach is to write a non-inflammatory essay and take the discussion where the temperature is not so hot.
I like to think everyone who comes here respects (and even welcomes) the rules that guide this blog. Those rules are: be excellent to one another and no inflammatory I/P. For those who are not following either or both, please do. If your first instinct is to not answer a comment politely, then please step back before you post and review it for the excellence standard. That standard is to treat people with respect and to not write or support (by discussing the topic in the threads) inflammatory I/P essays.
Saol fada chugat (it means “long life to you”)