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End of the Year Update

Hey everyone! My apologies for not being very active lately, work has a tendency to do that sometimes, doesn't it! I hope your holiday season is going well, that you're spending heaps of time hanging out with your families and friends, and generally just being safe and happy this time of year. Here's a couple of updates:

-Added "Military-Related" folder group for those special deviations specifically about the military or military service

-We are still actively looking for people to write journals every once in a while! They can be a once-off, or a frequent thing, it's totally up to you! If you have even just one thing to say, and would like to get it out in journal form, please feel welcome to message the group or 8manderz8 and we'll get the ball rolling!

-If you've got suggestions for further additions to the gallery's list of folders, please feel free to leave the suggestions below!

-If you've got any topics you'd like to see talked about, leave a comment below!

Thanks! Merry Christmas/Happy Kwanzaa/Happy belated Hanukkah/Blessed Yule/Happy Solstice/Have an awesome Festivus =P!
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Challenge Yourself

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!

:wave: We Value Members Who: :wave:

:bulletred: 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.

:bulletblue: 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!

:bulletred: 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!

:bulletblue: 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.

:bulletred: 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! :D

:bulletblue: 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.

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:bulletred: Comments MUST be enabled in order for deviations to be in this group!

:bulletblue: Members may submit up to 5 pieces a day.

:bulletred: 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.

:bulletblue: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?

:bulletred:The following types of submissions are NOT ALLOWED in this group:

:pointr: 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.

:pointr: 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.

:pointr: 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.

:pointr: 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.

:pointr: 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?

:pointr: Any deviation that is obviously racist in nature. I believe we can all agree that racism is a bad thing.

:pointr: 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.)


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Th3L0stG1rl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
Hi, I know if people think my question is pointless, it's okay.
But I was thinking of doing tumbling classes and flyer classes, so I can be in cheer my Junior year of high school. I know I really want to do it, I know the high risks of getting hurt, (I have sprained my ankles more than 3 times, all because my sister's mirror is in the middle of everything, I trip on it, so..) so I want to do it. I know I have the confidence for it. But does anyone think I should really o it, I have asked a lot of people, they say yes, I say yes, but I feel like I need more people's opinions. (I know I mostly need my own opinion)
Any opinions?
MermaidNinja Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Kosher and Halal slaughter are inhumane!
MermaidNinja Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Repeal No Child Left Behind!
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ADE-doodles Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have a very serious question for atheist.
I'm a christian, former agnostic, and i've commented on just a few bit's of art and commentary that Athesit have posted here and there on DA. and more than half time after a bit of back and forth I'm BLOCKED by the creator from posting on everything they do, same with several left political folks.

I've never, i mean NEVER, cussed at or insulted or ridiculed anyone personally i've just tried to have a real and civil discussion of their post. But people seem VERY upset to have their views challenged or questioned at length. Look, I don't mind stopping a conversation if someone no longer wants to respond. All they have to say is something like  "Ok I guess we agree to disagree". and I'm done. maybe we'll chat again.  There's NO NEED to BLOCK me just because you dislike the drift of my conversation.

I'm told over an over that atheist are moral and as kind as anyone. And i agree, as i said, i used to be agnostic and i wasn't too bad of a fella.
so i just don't get how sensitive some folks seems especially since they claim superior knowledge and grasp of reality over all religious people. And often post pretty vicious and insulting things about regious people and often blaspheme various faiths -mostly Christianity-.

Anyway, seriously any ideas on why atheist and hard left socialist/communist types like to BLOCK people who are NOT being offensive and are civilly discussing or debating the points they've publicly asserted?
ryu238 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014

For three years, a group of some 600 multinational corporations and trade associations have been quietly negotiating a trade pact IN SECRET that could void American laws that protect workers, jobs, health, and the environment. During negotiations here last summer, news leaked of some of the provisions U.S. trade officials were prepared to approve, and a public outcry derailed the talks. Trade Representative Ron Kirk resigned. Now that Michael Froman has been confirmed as the new U.S. Trade Representative he is pushing to renew "fast track" authority so President Obama can sign the agreement first, and then force a quick vote in Congress without any public scrutiny, floor debate, or revisions. 

Rep. Keith Ellison has called TPP "the largest corporate power grab you've never heard of." Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, (who happens to share my name!) is one of just four U.S. Senators who voted against Froman's confirmation this summer. She said of TPP, “I have heard the argument that transparency would undermine the Trade Representative’s policy to complete the trade agreement because public opposition would be significant.” Warren explained, “In other words, if people knew what was going on, they would stop it. This argument is exactly backwards. If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.” 

The only TPP language made public was leaked in 2012 and shared by Public Citizen. Since then trade officials have kept a tight lid on the negotiations, only recently allowing members of Congress to view (not copy) the text, which remains "classified." Among the most disturbing revelations in last year's leaked TPP language, that seems to be mirrored in the Atlantic version as well: Foreign companies would have "preferred status" – granting them greater rights within our borders than our own companies enjoy. U.S. companies would have more incentives to offshore jobs, and foreign companies would not be bound by the minimum wage and could sue the U.S. if our health, safety, or environmental regulations interfered with their profits. Jurisdiction over such suits would rest not in the hands of elected officials or judges, but with an international business tribunal. Their decisions, which would be binding upon all member nations, would supersede our own laws – including our Constitution. 

That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate, which says:

"The White House and the U.S. Trade Representative are urging Congress to abdicate some of its power over approval of trade agreements by renewing "fast track" authority. Fast track would allow the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership to leapfrog customary legislative protocol and be put to a rapid "up or down" vote without a public hearing, floor debate, or amendments. Forcing Congress to vote on an agreement this complex without adequate time for open hearings, review, and public scrutiny, sets a dangerous precedent. Congress, we urge you: just say NO to fast track!" 

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:… 

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