To reiterate what Nett said in his sticky, the serious topics that have been (ahem) discussed in the WDT this past week or two have likely turned a lot of posters off to the the WDT thread in general. The WDT is not the place to discuss/debate controversial topics and its unfair to the posters who would rather engage in a more light-hearted and jovial discussion. We agree. However, we dont want to turn off or ignore those who do want to engage in serious discussion either. So starting today, we are going to have a Weekly Sober/Serious Thread (WST) alongside the WDT for that exact purpose. Some additional items: -Keep your discussions clear and try and support your views so you dont look like an idiot. -No ad hominem comments regarding another poster. If you disagree, state why. But do not attack someones character or bicker pointlessly. -The topics will flow based on whatever people want to discuss, which usually follows the current events in the new cycle. -No WDT-type quips, jokes, or sideline exposition. Posts should be constructive to the topic or a specific topic. Its a "serious" thread for a reason. -Conversely, the WDT should be used for its intended purpose. Keep your serious discussion topics here. -If you think a topic has enough traction to spin off into its own thread, let the mods know. Have at it and enjoy.