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  1. Skeptalk is for critical analysis of pop phenomena. Ideally, science vs. pseudoscience.
     
  2. Differences of political opinion are inappropriate for this list. Painting the opposing political party's viewpoint as "pseudoscience" to circumvent this rule doesn't fool anyone.
     
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  6. If your post is not a positive contribution that an intelligent reader will appreciate, it is not appropriate.
     
  7. Please do not repeat yourself. If you've made your point once, there's no need to repeat it. Let others express their opinions too.
     
  8. If a thread goes off-topic, please terminate it or start a new thread.
     
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  10. Feel free to remind each other of these rules whenever necessary. It's self-managing, and you're that self.
     
  11. Notify an administrator [skeptalk-owner (at) skeptoid.com] of anyone who habitually violates these rules or makes a flagrant violation. If the administrators receive enough complaints about you, you can be permanently banned.
     
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