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inDISPUTE is a group dedicated to encouraging its members and members of the deviantART community on the whole to more respectful discussion about the topics at hand. We encourage people to be skeptical of opinions -- including their own.
Moreover, we aim to be a positive role model for younger deviants, who are just beginning to form their own opinions and beliefs about the world. Presenting thoughtful debate to others is a great way to help undecided audiences reach conclusions of their own, so bring your A game!
TO JOIN inDISPUTE, all you need to do is go to our group's home page and click the "Join Our Group" button on the top of the page. All requests for membership are approved automatically! All are welcome!
We Value Members Who:
Keep an open mind: You might not always agree with others, but be patient. Hear them out, let them express their argument and you just might hear a fresh, interesting point of view, even if you end up disagreeing in the end.
Do their research: Try not to go off on a tirade about something if you don't know what the heck you're talking about! Ignorance is never a viable excuse for an argument lacking evidence from research, especially when you have the largest collection of human knowledge in the world at your fingertips!
Try to make every discussion a learning experience: Everybody is different, and everybody approaches hot topics in their own ways. Take the time to listen, and you might learn something that you hadn't known before! Try to make the best of the interactions you have with those you disagree with -- it's good training for family dinners anyway!
Treat other members (and non-members) with respect: You don't have to agree with someone to be respectful of them. You don't even have to respect the opinion they hold! But it doesn't make sense to treat someone disrespectfully, especially if you're trying to convince them that you are right! Try to be a good role-model for other members and non-members alike. I'm sure we can all agree -- the less immature behaviour we have on dA, the better.
Engage in discussion with other members in group journals and other deviations: Every once in a while we feature guest writers for the group's journal for the purpose of encouraging discussion about whatever topic is at hand. Go ahead and comment on these sorts of journals -- and if you're the writer, go on and respond! That's what it's all about, after all!
Encourage others to participate in discussions in a respectful way: If you see someone failing to make a good argument, or resorting to immature name-calling and bullying, call them out on it! It's pointless to allow such ridiculous behavior to continue, and the only way to make an impact is to actually speak out against those sorts of things. Even if that individual continues to belittle and berate, someone else might happen across your comment and realize that it's better to make an argument through calm and thoughtful reasoning rather than through the use of CAPS lock.
Comments MUST be enabled in order for deviations to be in this group!
Members may submit up to 5 pieces a day.
Submit art to the correct galleries please! If you're confused about where to submit, consult the inDISPUTE Gallery Folder Information Page or ask one of the group administrators for assistance.
Follow the rules of deviantART! This includes, but is not limited to, adding Mature Content warnings where necessary.
FAQ #35: Where is the Etiquette policy for deviantART?
FAQ #220: What is Mature Content?
FAQ #3: Are there restrictions to comments?
FAQ #34: Are there any rules for the journals?
FAQ #303: I'm offended by something I saw on the website!
FAQ #12: deviantART doesn't allow 'Hate Art', 'Hate Speech' or 'Hate Propaganda', what is this?
FAQ #60: Do you allow "Adult", explicit sexual or pornographic content on deviantART? How about linking off site?
FAQ #155: How do I report a deviation which I think breaks the rules?
FAQ #238: How do I report people for abuse, harassment, or another issue I think is a problem?
The following types of submissions are NOT ALLOWED in this group:
Any deviations that feature just links to outside sources with no additional comments or artworks added whatsoever. You're free to link to other blogs or videos, but if you don't explain why you support or do not support the message behind the link, there's no reason to submit it to this group.
Any screenshots of deviantART comments, notes, journals. Even if you blur/black out the names of members, these sorts of deviations will not be accepted.
Any stolen artwork. No exceptions! If something you've submitted to the group has been found out to be stolen from somewhere/someone else, you will be banned from the group.
Deviations that call out individual members in a bullying way. For example: A deviation that complained about how inDISPUTE-Donate was stupid for not agreeing with you would not be acceptable. In contrast, a deviation that is in response to a point that inDISPUTE-Donate previously made would be acceptable.
Any deviation with comments that have been disabled. If comments are enabled upon submission and then later closed, the deviation will be removed. (If you end up closing the comments later anyway, you can always remove the deviation from the group yourself.)
FAQ #407: How do I remove my deviations from a group?
Any deviation that is obviously racist in nature. I believe we can all agree that racism is a bad thing.
Any deviation that is obviously trollish in nature, does not even bother to make an argument, or breaks any of the previous rules.
(This list is subject to change. If you have questions, note 8manderz8 or the group at inDISPUTE.)