Having seen the tumult raised by discordant views among varying members among us, it appears that a Writer Beat Constitution is appropriate, to ensure happiness and tranquility, and preserve peace, and the pursuit of happiness.
This Constitution should rely upon laws that are ancient, and not feelings that are temporary. As such, it should have rules that are shown for every new member to clearly see. These rules will minimize needless contention, ensure debates are orderly and productive, get rid of people who have nothing to say, and ensure lies are eliminated and truth promoted.
Clause 1) Profanity is not allowed. If adults can't speak without profanity, their opinions are not worth hearing. Profanity is the sign of a weak argument or a weak mind and sometimes both. Two warnings will be given, and after the third offense, the offender will be banned from WB for 1 day. After they are readmitted, and reoffend, they will be banned for one week. After readmittance and another third strike, they will be banned for a month. Also, it is up to the discretion of the site administrator to institute a one year ban on egregious offenders. This also includes a ban on salacious, lascivious, lustful content. Explicit sexual details will be banned as well. This is not a porn site and D.H. Lawrence would not be welcome here with his Lady Chatterley's lover
Clause 2) Post only after your latest post has dropped out of the top 20 in recommendations. This ensures one writer does not flood the site with articles. If your ideas are so profound, then time is the greatest test.
Clause 3) Lying is not permissible. If a writers assertions are proven false, with the site administrator and chosen surrogates confirming this, and they refuse to correct their lies, then their comments or posts will be deleted. On the third offense, they will be banned for a week. After readmittance, and recommission of lies, the third strike will earn a month ban. After readmittance, and recommission of lies, the third strike will earn a 3 month ban. After readmittance, and recommission of lies, the third strike will earn a year a 6 month ban. After readmittance, and recommission of lies, the third strike will earn a 1 year ban. This one year ban will be reinstituted upon further offenses by said party.
These three clauses should lead to increased harmony and prosperity here.
Autumn has done a good job bringing together a motley crew of people to share ideas. She has done a great job ensuring freedom of speech, and has resisted ceaseless liberal demands to silence dissent, and should be highly commended for this, as not many can do this. However, freedom of speech was instituted by Founders who valued virtue, and never intended this freedom to be used to justify perversion, licentiousness, prurience, lasciviousness, profanity, and other offenses against decency.
This site has the potential to be the leading writers gathering place on the internet. But greatness requires discipline, and if the above three clauses cannot be adhered to, then WB must be resigned to mediocrity. Steam is pretty worthless until it is confined in pipes, and when this is done, steam moves 560 feet long submarines through the ocean at speeds from 25-50 mph. And so here, when discipline is instituted, an environment will be created that will facilitate greatness in all, and ideas that will last long after our short lifetimes.
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet."
[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible
Either this site is build on a foundation of stone, or of sand. One will last forever, one will easily be destroyed by the storms of time.