The banding debate

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Subject: The banding debate
From: Russ <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:24:40 +1100
Hi all

In the olden days I used to jump in at this point and say "enough!" and
shut down the debate. I'm not about to do that, but I think it is a good
time to ask contributors to think about a few things before they post:

a) Has the same argument been put several times by others?
b) Are your comments just personal opinion (nothing wrong with that) or do
you really have evidence to cite? It's best to be clear in either case.
c) Debate the topic, don't attack the messenger (they may be inclined to
sue you if you you edge over the line into defamation)
d) This is an emotional topic for many people. Just remember that your
posts will stay on the archive, so write with clarity or passion, but don't
be hot-headed or abusive.
e) Try to avoid sweeping generalisations.

No matter how convincingly you write, your contributions won't stop
banding, and they won't make everyone accept banding.

We should probably add a new rule for Birding-Aus: no trolling. That is,
don't deliberately write inflammatory or provocative posts just to get an
argument going.

Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus Founder

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