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DU's new rules

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Hard to pick a favorite, but I particularly get a kick out of the prohibition on "Highly speculative 'conspiracy theory' topics outside the September 11 forum."

Other taboos include:

Broadly suggesting that there is no difference between Barack Obama and George W. Bush, or that there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. (Arguing that specific policies are the same would be permitted.)

Suggesting that President Obama has perpetrated a "con job" or "fraud," or similarly over-the-top assertions of bad faith.

What motivated the new terms?

The DU Administrators have long been frustrated with the persistent undercurrent of negativity and conflict here, which has been exacerbated by the lack of a common villain in the form of George W. Bush.

Isn't that what Sarah Palin is for? Look, over there!

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Submitted by lambert on

It seems to me that these rules are eminently game-able, "Modest Proposal" style.

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Submitted by badtux on

Echo chamber, anybody? I can understand the desire to deal with tighty righties coming in to disrupt things, but they've aimed their guns on Democrats criticizing the President too, wow.

Besides, everybody knows that Obama isn't anything like Bush. Obama is black, Bush was white. Obama is smart, Bush was dumb. Obama chooses policies based upon how good they are for Big Business, while Bush chose policies according to... err....

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Submitted by BDBlue on

No, really, it tells you everything you need to know about the site. Perfect.

What was that saying again? Nominal allies or something like that?

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Submitted by michaelwb on

Yet another reason I will never even click a link going to DU.

I used to be a member, donor and poster there. But even before the 2008 primaries I had grown sick of the simple mindedness and hysteria. Whenever a public figure did something they liked they were the greatest person ever, then when they did something they didn't they were the greater Hitler like evil ever. With no memory or reference to past see-sawing of opinions.

I ended just calling them hatred underground. Because too often they were just as hateful and insulting as the Ditto-heads but instead holding political stands on the left like me.

Except I meant them. They only meant them when attacking the Republicans...