Unless otherwise specified, all users are free to discuss topics in politics, current events, and public figures at their leisure and as the conversation presents itself, provided the below general and political restrictions are followed.
General restrictions – How to generally treat current events, public figures, etc:
- Such discussion should maintain the high quality and constructiveness everyone shows in our server.
- We permit criticisms or support of current events, non-political public figures, etc. Criticism or support of legislation and politics may be permitted as well, but this must be compliant with legal requirements (see below).
- No campaigning or calls-to-action to either support or pressure specific companies or non-governmental organizations may take place on the server, including but not limited to promoting funding drives or attempting to boycott any party, unless the campaign is authorized by the Board of Directors.
- Generally, discussion of these topics should take place in general-off-topic or similar, unless the matter specifically pertains to science, policies, or other matters relevant to freedom of form (in which case, any other appropriate channel can be used).
Political restrictions – Activities which could be perceived as political by the IRS are prohibited, including but not limited to:
- No lobbying or campaigning, such as for elections, takes place.
- No recommendations or calls-to-action are made with respect to administrations, regulators, other government or elected officials, or for which party or candidate someone should vote.
- No recommendations or calls-to-action are made with respect to pending or active legislation, executive orders, court cases which have the effect of interpreting law, etc.
- No sharing of information about ways to disobey or protest against laws or regulations in countries where FFF operates legally, including the US and the UK.
- Language that is aimed to cause someone to undertake a particular political activity is prohibited, whether the language is specific or coded. The substance of a message, not word choice, is important.
Absolutely factual discussions about political matters, as well as general advice for good citizenship, might be permitted, but must be treated with caution:
- Encouragement to vote and participate in all civil activities is permitted and encouraged by the Board of Directors.
- Factual discussion about the matters being discussed in current politics are permitted, provided that no interpretation, recommendations, or calls-to-action accompany that discussion.
- Factual discussion about non-governmental organizations, such as the ACLU’s scope and current activities are permitted.
- As long as you act in good faith, moderators will give you benefit of the doubt if a message crosses the line into political activities, even if a moderator needs to delete it.