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Welcome! Read Me First

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Welcome toWondering Forum... a place to share insights about the world we live in
to live in peace and harmony with one another in order to discover together what we can about a consensus reality
to help each other live in peace with one another in order to discover together what we can about reality
to live in harmony with each and every one of usin order to discover together what we can about a consensus reality
to help each other live in peace with one another in order to discover together what we can about realityto live in peace with each other ...... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...


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SUMMARY

To share insights about reality, one must repeatedly confirm information in a practiced way. (Every culture's science operates this way.)
To perceive clearly, one must learn how to interpret the world without clouding it with confirmation bias.
Confirmation bias is both learned through experience and imposed on us by circumstance.
One doesn't have to be up front about one's biases, but everyone has them, and we should do our best to own the ones we recognize.
We propose Forum Flair, a visual tool that can quickly communicate inherent and learned traits of the authors of the posts.


To augment our perception at WonderingForum, we are all of us collaborators — administrators, moderators, members and guests — and expected to share these agreements:

RAISE THE DIALOGUE

"Treat others the way you think they want to be treated"

We will all do our best to raise the level of free speech dialogue between highly diverse people. We will not use the forum for promoting any one party or group, nor for promoting an attack on any party or group.

AUTHENTIC REPRESENTATION (KEEP IT REAL)

"Let's try to open up without forcing each other open"

We aim to be fully authentic in the degree to which we choose to use the forum and we agree to not abuse each other. If moderators find you have lied about yourself or broken these agreements, there may be consequences to your membership here. If moderators are abusing power, let us know.

DON'T ESCALATE CONFLICTS

"Be cool"

We understand the forum is little more than an open simulation of dialogue with strangers. It's each individual's personal responsibility to manage their own emotional safety with others. Everyone's trying to figure this out together. Working together creates conflict so we all have to do our best to find balance.


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FORUM FLAIR

Click on the flair (little icons under my name) to review the icons I've selected to represent myself from those available. Themes are subject to change (as we accomplish universal harmony and world peace for them, one by one) but presently include:

SKIN (examples: "Brown", "Asian", "White" ...)
GENDER (examples: Transgender, Intersex, Female ...)
SEXUALITY (examples: Lesbian, Queer, Straight ...)
BELIEF (example: NASA, Taoist, General Relativity ...)
FANDOM (example: Whovian, Trekker, Jedi ...)

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Once you have found your traits, adding your flair is as easy as 1. 2. 3.

1. Click on your name and select "User Control Panel"
2. Click on the Profile tab
3. Click on Manage profile flair to access the flair selection window

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(If you encounter trouble or you're not seeing your flair, please consult the HELP DESK forum!)

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PICKING TRAITS and BUILDING MEMBER TRUST

MEMBERS WITH NO TRAITS

Not finding any icons relevant to your traits? Congratulations! You are surely an enlightened being! (But don't mind if some members or moderators help you find ones you didn't notice before.)

MEMBERS WITH TOO MANY TRAITS

Do you want to collect all the icons? It's possible that everyone has multiple selves operating in a single person, but your agreement at this forum is to find your selves that most represent the real you. No matter how healthy and important to the individual a personal icon may be, we are concerned with those that most resemble traits rather than interests of the individual. There are other boards for fandom. This board is to explore the many ways that capital-T Truth shows up in this world, including factual, emotional, spiritual and otherwise. So if you are not willing to intellectually represent an authentic aspect of yourself on the forum, that may not be a trait to identify here, nor one you should use here in explaining your reality.

So if you are really a huge Star Trek fan but you don't find it a spiritually necessary component of your being, you may want to add the Trekker badge but it may not be as appropriate as it is to the Klingon who got married in the throne room of the K'ronos High Council. On the other hand, most qualities of an individual may not fall under a category offered by a flair item. Perhaps not even the most important qualities. (And that's the point)

The goal is to learn about getting along with others beyond "Let's agree to disagree" — not to promote or demote any segment or group. A good way to show interest is to ask genuine questions devoid of sarcasm and rhetoric, and to allow the very premise of your questions to be doubted.

If it sounds tricky to build and model trust between different people using digital tools, it is. It may be only the hardest thing humans have ever done, but also why we think it's so important to try. Ready to join us?


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EXPANSION

We plan to build a community here that constantly pushes for new levels of understanding and diversity. You may find that we've forgotten about a social group that is in serious crisis. (Forgive us, there are so many!) To propose and petition for a new flair icon (for a very large publicly misrepresented group; we obviously cannot add every under-represented group) please post in the REPRESENTATION forum.

We are excited about the possibility of making new media that models better discourse between diverse groups. Please use our forum as a platform for discussing and planning uplifting media. We hope projects may include: games, podcasts, videos, etc. If you have an idea, let us know in the MEDIA forum.

Please help us figure out how to achieve the goal of inspiring healthy interpersonal dialogue. We are always looking for ways to improve the forum!


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CONTENT CENSORSHIP

The community here deserves as much respect as it shows for others. However, this is the Internet, where anything can trigger, traumatize or cause unwanted reactions. If any party finds that our content violates anyone's rights, we want to know. This is ideally done through the forum itself but you can also mail webmaster [at our domain name].

Please know that all communications sent to us can be available to the public so that everyone can fully understand the situation. We wish to respect the confidentiality of complaining parties when we can be absolutely certain they are operating in good faith. Forum moderators will be expected to judge, censor and organize content to best serve the public.

Please know that according to the “Fair Use” clause of International Copyright Law, the authors declare that the use of the photos, videos and information in academic research appearing here are analyzed for purposes of “criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research” according to Section 107 of Title 17 of the US Code. - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use, U.S. Copyright Code.

THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR JOINING & WE HOPE YOU GAIN A LOT FROM BEING HERE

golly
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First Step!

Post by golly »

Once you have created your account, please post your intro (why you joined) in a new topic in the Wellspring forum.

A mod will see it and upgrade your membership to "Introduced" and then give you the flair features and any relevant mod privileges.

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