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We believe that co-operative participation is a superior method of developing proas and promoting their image in the sailing world.
We do not believe the 'debate' method is the best way of researching and developing any issue regarding proas. It automatically creates an opponent. When people are forced to become defensive, creativity suffers and growth stops. This affects us all.
Respect is the name of the game. You must respect your fellow members. Please refrain from inflammatory and defamatory comments as well as flaming, taunting, goading and general disrespect towards other members (or former members), their ideas and designs. Disrepect includes being deliberately obtuse, repeating points or arguments excessively and misrepresenting someone's position or ideas. The use of “Strawman arguments”, “Red Herrings” and other contentious debating techniques are not only disrespectful of the member being addressed but also to the community as a whole. Infringements will be measured against the question “was it disrespectful?”. It may sound ineffective or a strange way to advance knowledge (and truth), but it works!
Bullies are not welcome. They may bring expertise to a forum but there is always a larger hidden cost in terms of lost input and creativity from other members. For further information on advantages of this organising principle, see “The No Asshole Rule”, by Prof. Robert Sutton.
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