I have started this group due a a recent "debate" I've had over fishing rights. I realized during the course of that exchange that the person arguing with me had no real experience or understanding of the purpose of arguing. Sadly, very few of us do. Arguing is the less formal version of debating. Though less formal, arguing is still a good way to fully understand an opposing viewpoint. This goal is most likely realized if all parties understand the purpose of a good argument.
So lets start with some rules:
1) There is more than enough discussion about BITCOIN on this site so no arguments about BITCOIN are allowed in this group.
2) Participants are considered to be seeking a greater understanding about some topic.
3) While an argument might start with some egregiously offensive statement, the poster is not assumed to be locked into the idea expressed therein. In other words the originator and all other participants are expected to be open to other viewpoints and to listen to each other.
4) Repetition of a point is not tolerated as a tactic to win an argument. This is a written medium, if a participant feels they have been misunderstood, asking a question to seek out the misunderstanding is better than merely repeating a point.
5) Gainsaying is NOT an argument.
6) Insulting a participant will result in the offender losing the argument. The insulted party has the option to allow continued participation.
I don't want to make this more complicated than need be so this seems like enough rules.
Let the arguments begin! Keep it civilized. I'll give a few days for someone else to post some contentious idea and see what happens.