Guidelines for News and Current AffairsWatch
The following is a list of guidelines that have been drafted up for the News and Current Affairs section. The section aims to focus on current events happening around the world at the moment, and as such debate/discussion here should follow that
1) Please do adhere to all TSR community guidelines as per usual:
2) As this is a debating forum, please do not resort to personal attacks. Debate the point, not the person.
3) Discussions should be based on a current news story, so try and include a link to the story. If there is no news source, or if you're looking to start a more general discussion, please do make a thread in another section of D&CA.
4) Please make OP's as unbiased as possible. You can include your view at the bottom of the OP, but the main text should reflect the news story you are discussing. Try to include some questions to start the debate off.
5) Any explicit content is forbidden, given this is a site for all to use, and is accessible in schools. Thus, please do not post anything of such nature, for example pictures or videos that are graphic in nature (such as when relating to terrorist incidents).
6) In the case of a major incident/news story, a Volunteer Team member or Forum Helper will normally designate a thread as the main one to use for that story. If there's more than one thread on the topic, we'll combine them so everyone can discuss in one place.
7) Anything Brexit-related goes in the UK Politics section. Do start Brexit related threads there. Anything here will be moved to UK Politics.
8) Please do not bump old threads (Threads greater than 3 months old). Stories that are potentially a continuation of past stories can simply have a new thread started with all the relevant information.
What's with the random "content warning" tag? Warning against what, exactly?
Content warning tags will be added to threads where something within the subject of that thread might be upsetting. For instance, if someone in Life&Style wanted some advice about a problematic home life, and their story contained similar experiences to what some other users on TSR had experienced, then it might be upsetting for them to read and so the content warning label serves as a way to advise users that something might be upsetting.
Within Debate & Current Affairs, threads might contain details of upsetting incidents (e.g. "6 Children Killed by gun violence") which might be upsetting to some users. Think of it as the BBC newsreader saying "please be advised this report contains distressing images".
<link to story>
Brief Summary of article:
[- Any other stories this connects to?
- What may be the consequences of this news story?
- How is this story significant?]
What are your thoughts about this news story?
Do you think "..."? Or do you have a different opinion
Post your ideas below.