Thanks to everyone for their input in this matter. To keep this community running smoothly and in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Dharma, the moderators have discussed this and we have come up with the following modifications.
1. This is a Mahayana and Vajrayana board and anyone posting in main areas of the Forum should bear it in mind and be respectful, just as one would if they came to a Mahayana/Vajrayana group.
2. People are free to question the teachings and traditional interpretations in Open Dharma subforum as has mostly been happening. Questions about a practice, a teaching or belief are appropriate in the specific subforum where the practice belongs, but criticisms belong in Open Dharma only and should be done sensitively, where possible with reference to the appropriate teachings. For example, do not challenge the core Dharma concepts and principles of Pure Land Buddhism in the Pure Land subforum and the same goes with the other specific traditions as well.
3. Draw attention to the following ToS:
The Terms of Service and these new changes will be enforced more rigorously. Please remember to take care to stay on topic or start new threads in appropriate fora.Do not be disruptive. Dharma Wheel is an environment for the discussion of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. All are welcome but are required to abide by the Terms of Service (ToS). The staff team reserve the right to edit/remove inappropriate content, and to remove or transfer any posts or threads that are not relevant to the sub-forum in which they are posted. Any subject matter that may be off-topic or is intended only to cause disruption or harm to others may be removed without notice.
4. It is our wish to improve the quality of discussion, rather than censor or mold the content. Divergent views are fine as long as they are in the appropriate place and on topic. And users are encouraged to report posts that are off-topic, inappropriate for the specific forum or disruptive.