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Most new members who join the forum seem to disregard the forum rules. In fact, I doubt most of them even read it. This is the main reason I have found the forum to run much better since we have made it so all new member's posts are held for moderation until they have several approved posts. This has also saved the forum from some vandals who would come and make hundreds of blatantly rule-breaking posts in the first hour they joined.
When a post is disapproved, an email notice is sent with the reason it was disproved.
I understand the desire to have the forum 'administered' by "the validity of counterarguments" rather than the forum rules. However, the point of the forum and its rules is to enable such open, thoughtful discussion and debate which become impossible when arguments and counterarguments cannot even be found in the piles of derailed threads filled with distracting off-topic conversations and an incredible amount of very distracting personal attacks and flame wars. The idea that open discussions will provide for the most fruitful discussions particularly through a process of argument and then counterargument is why in a sense, as the forum rules clearly explain in the very first rule, "forum discussions are simultaneously uncensored and strictly moderated".
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