Since the redesign and switch to disqus last year, the Posting Rules are not easy to access and some do not even realize we have them. When I first came to RedState, I read them frequently to keep me on course with the purpose of RS. Also, I used them to confront those who mistakenly think we are here to debate liberals. For all the trolls reading this, please take note of the section listing the “purpose” of RS, as well as rules number 13 and 14.
Sidenote: We realize that liberals have little respect for laws and/or rules, but don’t pretend you don’t know what they are or act surprised when you are confronted and banned.
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