The Cafe is Toon Zone's off-topic board. It's a nice little community where you can come to relax, shoot the breeze, and get to know your fellow TZers. The same rules apply here as apply in the rest of Toon Zone. But there are a few notes that we try to be clear about. Here, then, is a Guide to Cafe Behavior 1. Language: If they say it on The Simpsons, you can say it here; if not, then you can't. The same thing applies to "filtered" words or alternate spellings: sh*t, *****hole, @*#$, and the word-filter "****" are not permitted. 2. Post-count threads: Post-count threads are not forbidden, but they are discouraged. We care about quality here, not quantity. 3. Meaningless posts: This is a message board, not a chat room. Do not post simply for the sake of posting. Do not make empty chatter. 4. Courtesy: Do not flame other posters. Treat your fellow board-mates with respect. Do not seek to inflame or aggravate them. Those are the basics. More in-depth: Controversial topics Technically, posting on controversial topics (like religion) is against Toon Zone rules. For the time being, political discussions have been banned from the Cafe. As far as other allowable topics, please observe the following guidelines: 1. Argue, don't bash. If you have a point to make, make it in a reasonable and reasoned manner. Remember, you ought to be trying to persuade your fellow posters, not intimidate them. 2. Be calm. Remember, the people you are arguing against are not evil; they merely have a different opinion. You must to treat that opinion with basic amount of respect if you are going to have any hope of getting them to change it. 3. Be substantive, not merely satirical. Politicians as politicians are a proper target for ridicule, and we here at Toon Zone make no brief for them. However, mocking a politician is not the same as arguing against his or her positions, and is a cheap substitute for them. Note also that mocking a politician is a good way to anger and inflame other posters who like, respect, or admire that politician. Remember, do not seek to inflame or aggravate your fellow posters. The Opposite Sex An old topic, but a new a subject for the Cafe rules. Do not bash the other sex. Do not trivialize them by making crude and negative generalizations. Just because you have been treated badly by one member of the opposite sex does not mean that the entire sex is bad. Keep your complaints narrowly restricted to the particular people who have done you dirty. It's unfortunate that we have to say this. Leaving aside the odd anatomical case, everyone here belongs to one sex or the other; insulting an entire sex is the same as insulting a vast swath of your fellow posters. Do not do this.