Thanks for asking
Keeping it non-personal - we encourage people not to talk about the person making the posts, but just about the content in a post. Often people make all kinds of personal assumptions about the person behind the post. This is inaccurate most of the time and often causes problems.
With regards to personal opinions, it is a matter of balance. Firstly we ask that things are based on the Early Buddhist Teachings (as presented by SC), and that any opinions and views are strongly anchored in the texts. Some opinions and views are necessary for discussion, but it is good to be mindful where it crosses over into a competition of views and becomes an argument - basically about who is ‘right’.
As we all know views and opinions are impermanent, and unreliable… hence it is generally unskillful to be too attached to them, especially when it causes disharmony in a place like the forum Best to try and keep an open and flexible mind…
I hope that clarifies our approach to these things. When things are clear it’s easy, but many things are grey rather than black or white, and so we try to use the wisdom of the Buddhas words to guide moderation.
But hey, all of us who participate here are just human. and we can just do our best.
So bottom line, base everything in kindness, and take things from a place of acceptance of difference, and the rest should take care of itself
Metta and Karuna