Those who have visited the philosophy forum recently have likely noticed a number of threads have been locked or deleted the past few days. The mentors have been somewhat lax in moderating that forum or enforcing the guidelines for a while now, and things have gotten out of control, hence the sudden "crack down." Note, we are simply enforcing the Philosophy Forum guidelines, and the Global Forum guidelines, which have been in place for quite some time now. It is important for the members to remember that philosophy is also an academic discipline, and the philosophy forum is intended for discussions adhering to all of the rigors of that discipline. It is not a place for idle speculation or random banter. While some degree of speculation is part and parcel of philosophical debate, that speculation MUST be well-grounded and consistent with current evidence in the sciences, where applicable, terms used must be clearly defined, and all assumptions explicitly stated. Speculation based on ignorance of a subject, or without a clear set of premises explaining conclusions drawn, will be deemed in violation of our guidelines prohibiting overly speculative posting. More details for formulating posts suitable for the philosophy forum are contained in the philosophy forum guidelines, which are a sticky thread at the top of the General Philosophy forum. All members are advised to read these guidelines carefully and adhere to them when posting in the philosophy forum, otherwise infraction points and possible banning may result. Members may have gotten careless about adhering to the rules without much mentor input, so be on notice that such carelessness or ignorance regarding those guidelines is no longer being tolerated in an effort to raise the philosophy forum back up to the standards of the rest of this site.