Thanks for posting, these are definitely things everyone should keep in mind. I think there is an element of excitement this year especially.
It should be understood that these types of "rules" aren't meant to censor. Each and every one of us has a personality, and that should be allowed to shine through in our comments - nobody expects you to be a robot, and its natural for humans to have conversations. Over time, friendships develop, etc.
Forums are really an amazing tool to share information, and our lives - even if just a little bit. Never before has humanity been able to socialize and discuss such important topics on such a scale. I'm quite sure it has and continues to have profound impacts on humanity. It's true that most people "dig in" when confronted with a reality they don't believe in or agree with, but there has also been tremendous enlightenment and education.
The rules shouldn't be set in stone; constant censorship will indeed scare people away. I'm sure Neven is quite aware of this. He does an excellent job of moderating here. Casual and laid back, just like any other member - with perhaps some gentle prodding here and there. But will put his foot down when necessary, and that's exactly how it should be. Nobody should feel like they are walking on eggshells. Feel free to talk and comment.. Just when you do it, try and post something relevant to the thread too. That's far better than not, at least.
Made for another forum, but still relevant.