So there's a couple of meta questions about this, and it's been discussed at length in the chat room, and the mods' chat room.

What it comes down to:

  • Stackexchange has rules about being nice. We've been very lenient with these rules. We will no longer be.
  • Insults / personal attacks will result in suspensions. Further infringements could result in bans. We will be being tough on this - don't risk it!
  • Politics is part of travel. Everyone has a different view. Be tolerant of other views.
  • insults don't have to be against a person - if you are targeting a race, ethnic group, place or otherwise
  • If you can buy a flight there, the place exists, for the purposes of Stackexchange. If people want to travel there, telling them it doesn't exist helps nobody.
  • Do NOT argue politics or off-topic stuff in comments. If it goes back and forth more than twice, it's best to take it to the chat room.
  • Join the chat room! We have heated debates, fun chats, random discussions. And nothing's off topic there - although the be nice rule still applies.

Thanks all, now let's talk travel!

+1 just for the title alone! – hippietrail Aug 30 '12 at 8:55
I wouldn't bother to use the word "country" here though Mark. I would just put "place". – hippietrail Aug 30 '12 at 8:56
+1 for the new title too dammit! – hippietrail Aug 30 '12 at 9:01
I would even go as far as to say "If you can travel there, the place exists for he purpose of" - just in case there are no publicly available plane tickets. – Jonas Aug 30 '12 at 11:54
Not exactly a question... :P – Switchkick Sep 9 '12 at 7:48

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I truly support this thread. I come from TeX.SE, which is known to be one of the friendliest sites on SE. Trust me that it is good and important to be friendly!

I would add a Rule 1a:

  • Vote up if the question is well stated.
  • If you think the question can be improved, say it nicely in the comments.
  • Think twice (or 3 times maybe) before you down-vote, especially if it is a newcomer asking. It is much better to teach people how to ask than to discourage them from going here by a negative attitude towards them!
Glad to see that some people think that civility and general friendliness have not been lost to the otherwise dry personality of the Internet ! – icarus74 Jul 7 '13 at 4:00
In this context nice is personal. Votes are supposed to be impersonal and reflect the quality of questions and answers. – pnuts Aug 1 at 21:58

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