Before posting, please spend 5 minutes to read the rules for this section. We here at CHF want to create an atmosphere that promotes productive discussions
1. No name calling, insults, trolling, etc. Discussing History and Culture can sometimes be quite personal, so it can be quite understandable why some may take certain topics to heart. However at the same time, it is best not to resort to attacking other members or their beliefs as a result. In stead do it through discussions, research, and data.
2. When posting data, please cite your sources. If you found an article, graph, chart, etc you want to share, mention where you got it from and any information that goes along with it (captions, etc). This is to prevent data from being taken from its original context.
3. Journal Articles. As far as sources go, these are much more preferable. Why? Because most journal articles go through an arduous process of peer review, conducted by other experts in the field. Due to such a requirement, journal articles generally have verifiable data with a robust methodology that was utilized to reach their conclusion. Blogs on the other hands, should be taken carefully. While we do not condone the use of blogs (certainly they can be valuable sources of data), they are not peer reviewed and could be written by anyone who has access to the internet. Thus the typical quality of blog data can range tremendously in its quality.
More importantly, we promote the use of journal articles as they promote better discussions. On the other hand, as some articles are copyrighted and not public domain, its probably best not to post the entire article. The source, title, an abstract/short intro, methodology, and conclusion is sufficient enough. And as usual, any charts, graphs, or other pictures must come with its original caption too!
4. Finally, members also must realize that at certain points, it must be acknowledged that there are some arguments where its best left to agree to disagree.. or that certain topics can remain inconclusive with existing data. History is constantly flowing and changing. We can only interpret history based on what have in the present. As a result, there is much untold history. New discoveries can change how we look at what we knew about the past. Often there are different ways on how to view the same topic. This is very important to this section as history, ethnicity, identity, etc are constantly changing. History and borders are always interpreted differently in different periods, institutions change, migration changes identity and genetic make up, etc. Only nationalists seek to view history as being fixed.
5. Multiple accounts are not tolerated. We have in the past, multiple instances, where members would create different accounts to back up their own arguments, or to return after being warned/banned. Follow the rules, stick to one account, and you'll have nothing to worry about.
6. Warnings will be given to those who fail to adhere to the rules. In some instances Bans will be given to those who consistently fail to follow them.
If you have further questions or problems, feel free to contact me or one of the administrators of CHF.
Rules for Asian History and Culture and its subsections
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