As it’s only quite recently that we updated our community guidelines, I just wanted to give a little reminder that we’re quite keen to keep true to the original intention behind the Watercooler category to create an area for easy-going, friendly exchange.
As put in the guidelines:
The Watercooler Category
If posting to the Watercooler category please take particular care to make sure your post belongs there. As noted above, this forum is about Early Buddhist Texts. We do, nevertheless, have a Watercooler category for more informal, relaxed, light-hearted exchange. We still encourage that posts to this category are related to the Dhamma, but this is not a fixed rule and an amount of leeway is allowed for other topics. However, there is no leeway with regards to the guideline that all posts to the Watercooler must be of a friendly, light-hearted and harmony-promoting nature. The Watercooler is a place to support each other and make connections, not to prove a point or for heated debate.
We’re now trying to get quite serious about being light-hearted!
Much advance thanks for steering this conversation in such a way that sticks to the purpose of this category.
Added following a re-categorisation to ‘Discussion’:
As a further friendly reminder of another part of our guidelines:
The Main Theme of this Site is Early Buddhism
We are interested in discussing early Buddhist texts, their meaning and historical context, how these teachings evolve and relate to later traditions, and how they may be applied in the present day. If you’re interested in more general Buddhist discussion, there are plenty of other great forums out there.