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Old 09-25-2020, 01:46 PM
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We're in the midst of a heated political season and some members are starting to violate HNI's rules. The rules link is at the top of the page but some people apparently haven't read the rules or have decided they don't apply to you. At present, one member is on a 2-month temp ban for numerous rules violations. I've quoted the rules below with the link for people to refer to. A Reader's Digest or cliff notes version of the rule would be don't cuss, call each other names, troll other people or say stuff that reflects badly on hunting. If you have any questions, please PM me.

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Old 01-16-2021, 11:48 AM
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2021 UPDATE--

1-16-2021--
The 2020 election and aftermath has been unique and historic. Some of the major internet platforms have de-platformed entire websites over allegations of violation of contracts and many like Facebook, Twitter, etc. have censored or removed individual's accounts they don't agree with. At HuntingNet (HNI), the Political forum has always been a fairly open forum where members can express their political views, beliefs and concerns whether other members and moderators agree with them or not. That is a policy I have tried to adhere to since I became a mod in the early to mid 2000's. While HNI encourages and tries to protect each member's freedom of speech, we also have some rules that are posted above. If you're following the rules above, I may not agree with you but I will certainly defend your right to post opinions that I disagree with or even think are just plain wrong. I may even engage in a little debate from time to time.

Having said that, I would remind all members to read and follow the above rules. I try not to nitpick members but I still enforce these same rules. If a complaint is made, I review the individual post and then all of the posts for that entire topic. Often the person complaining is engaging in rules violations also and both parties have their posts edited and possible disciplinary action taken. I prefer to temp ban people if a ban is needed because it gives people a chance to correct their behavior and still participate in the debates at HNI. These days, it's getting harder to find a place where both sides can actually debate issues and not be cancelled or shut down because their opinion isn't popular or the platform disagrees with what they've said. And such debate is needed now more than ever.

So feel welcome to post your opinions on issues you care about in one of the freer forums on the net. Just mind the rules above which are there to keep the place civil and help encourage more people to join and participate. And if you're simply lurking, consider this an invite to join and participate in these worthy debates.

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