Political discussions on the Cafe: Many long time members of Toonzone may remember that at one time all political discussions were banned. Even more long term members may recall that political discussion was allowed before that (which got out of control, and led to the ban on such discussions). After a successful election discussion in 2012, we are now bringing back political discussion with the following conditions: Major events in the news will get their own talkback threads when deemed necessary. These can be started by anyone - if something major is on the news, feel free to start up a thread. If you know of a news or political topic that you want to discuss, but are not sure if it warrants it's own thread, SEND A PM TO A CAFE MODERATOR REQUESTING PERMISSION BEFORE STARTING THE THREAD. For the most part, political threads will be started in regards to what's in the news, not just to give people a place to give an opinion piece on a controversial topic. THE RULES: 1) A discussion between two members should most of the time not be more than "Post, Response, Reply to Response" as we don't need ongoing debates between two individuals that overtake the thread. Also, no picking apart someone else's post with a line by line reply over each point made in the other person's post. Pick one or two parts of the post to quote in your response, and that's it. We don't need a drawn out idealogical debate: You can believe what you want, and others can believe what they want, but realize that you probably won't be able to change their minds. 2). Name calling or belittling other forum members will not be allowed. Do not denigrate supporters of one side in this debate. Do not denigrate a state that passes legislation you don't agree with. This is TROLLING or flamebait and may result in a warning or being banned. You can express your displeasure without resulting to name calling. 3). Do not respond to flamebait or troll posts yourself!! Report the offending posts and let the moderators do their job! This thread will be CLOSED if repeat violations occur, and warnings will be issued for violations as warranted! 4). About political cartoons- If you want to post more than one in the same post (or more than one on the same day), put them in spoiler tags. It makes it easier for people to navigate the thread.