This is a Place for Respectful Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

Our forum has three core guidelines:

  1. Kindness. Carl Buehner: “They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Give people a feeling of warmth and acceptance.

  2. Open-mindedness. This forum is not about debating to “win”. Disagreement is an opportunity to clarify our ideas, to refine our opinions into falsifiable claims, and to look for new evidence that might help settle the issue.

  3. Advancing the discussion. This is a place for us to help each other increase our understanding of autonomous car/self-driving car technology. The goal is to advance the discussion to ever-greater levels of technical depth and detail.

A good rule of thumb: if, in a professional office setting, saying something to a coworker would get you fired or reprimanded, you should not say that to a stranger online.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Personal attacks
  • Bluntly contradicting another person’s statement without explaining why you disagree

And of course avoid:

  • Harassment, abuse, impersonation, exposing private information, spam, vandalism, or hate speech

If You See a Problem, Flag It

When you see bad behavior, please don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Please just flag it. We promise action will be taken.

Moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account at any time, based on their discretion. Moderators do not preview new posts; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • There’s no need to sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.
  • Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, please use the Like button.
  • Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, please use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.