Rules of Discourse

The Rules of Discourse is a guide and a group rule-framework designed to assure that discourse is done in a logically cogent manner. The only way to give right ideas the advantage over wrong ideas without having to rely on a foregone conclusion about what is right and what is wrong is to see which ideas can be maintained without the use of fallacious rhetoric or other such tricks.

Beta Testing

There are a number of options available if you are interested in beta testing the Rules of Discourse.

There is a Facebook group set up specifically for the purpose of testing the Rules of Discourse.

Documents of the Rules of Discourse

  1. Introduction to the Rules of Discourse
  2. General Rules of Discourse:
  3. Platform-Specific Expansion Documents
    1. Rules of Discourse for Facebook
    2. Rules of Discourse for Meetup
  4. Discursive Compendium of Fallacies:

Introduction to the Rules of Discourse

The Current Draft Version is available — plus now there is version 0.1, the first beta version.

General Rules of Discourse

For information on this document, see it’s own individual info-page.

Platform-Specific Expansion Documents

Some specifics of the Rules of Discourse may depend on the medium on which a group is hosted. For some forms of media, a platform-specific companion-document to the General Rules of Discourse may be available to address such specifics. The following is what is available so far.

Rules of Discourse for Facebook

The Rules of Discourse for Facebook are the platform-specific rules for online discussion groups that are hosted on Facebook or any other medium that is similar enough to Facebook that the same specifics of the Rules of Discourse would apply.

Currently, the only version available is the Current Draft of the document.

Rules of Discourse for Meetup

The Rules of Discourse for Meetup are the platform-specific rules forĀ meetup groups – that is, groups that meet in-person and are organized through the website meetup.com or any site similar enough to it that the same specifics of the Rules of Discourse would apply.

Currently, the only version available is the Current Draft of the document.

Discursive Compendium of Fallacies

The Discursive Compendium of Fallacies will be a compendium of fallacies catalogued by this project. It will endeavor to contain definitions of the fallacies that are clear and systematic enough to allow maximum objectivity in mediation over fallacies.

For information on this document’s latest release-state, see it’s own page in this project.

Draft Versions – Beta Versions – Benchmark Versions

Draft Versions

Draft versions are only published for the purpose of inviting people to comment on them – and are not considered ready for adoption by any group. These include Draft Releases, which are snapshots of the momentary work-in-progress at a certain time – as well as the Current Draft, which may or may-not be visible to the public.

Beta Versions

A beta version of the a document is one that is only recommended for adoption by groups that wish to serve as testing-grounds for the Rules of Discourse.

Benchmark Versions

Benchmark versions of the Rules of Discourse are the official releases that are considered to be stable enough for adoption by groups that areĀ not interested in serving as testing grounds. When a new benchmark version of a document rolls out, it is advised that any group that already uses the Rules of Discourse schedule a transition date to the new version that allows it’s members adequate time to reach the necessary level of familiarity with the new version.