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  1. Roots of Virtue

    news The Public Square is Open to Members Now

    From the ashes of The Scamgong Bulletin rises another forum branch: The Public Square. It's open to all our registered members. The purpose of the Public Square is to house discussion about specific teachers and teachings which aren't invited by us. The unregistered viewers are ironically left...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    announcements How to Discuss Teachers and Teachings Properly

    How to Discuss Teachers and Teachings Properly First, let's consider some questions related to this topic. Please review these after you have read the article and examine if your perception or attitude has changed. Am I motivated to understand better? If not, then what makes me a student? Do I...
  3. question Where to start with nurturing oneself and one's internal energy?

    I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell my story. I'm a beginner at this. A babe fresh off the teat of this grey reality I've lived in for quite some time. To give some backstory to my experience with cultivation, I started with the Tao Te Ching, then subsequently moved on to...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    news Please Be Excited: A Brand New Forum Branch that Absolutely Nobody Asked for!

    For our most esteemed readers, I hereby offer you the newest forum branch called Energy and Evidence: https://forum.alchemical.garden/branch/evidence/ The name is tentative and may change at some point, but it's aptly descriptive of what it is about: Giving a basic idea about various...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    announcements Mindful Writing and Content Curation

    Reduce Wasteful Text Duplication by Using the Quote Function Correctly There are many ways to avoid confusion and improve clarity in written communication, but having less text often is an easy way to accomplish these. As an example, see this: I like this line a lot. Which line am I liking...
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    announcements Liveliness of Discussion and How to Avoid Treading Water

    Liveliness of Discussion and How to Avoid Treading Water I want to spell it clearly about what makes for a lively discussion so that active threads don't start treading water and stagnate. Don't make hit and run posts or have that type of loser mentality where you are already willing to give...
  7. Roots of Virtue

    news Casual Discussion in Its Proper Place

    Today I was approached in private and asked to "allow shitposting." I found it a very amusing way of phrasing a desire, but the apparent concern was that I impose too strict standards on curating content and this stifles the organic board culture. What this person seems to have missed is that...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    feedback Repurposing the Alchemical Garden Forum

    Repurposing the Alchemical Garden Forum The first year of this forum's existence is closing in and it's timely to have some thoughts about the Alchemical Garten Forum future. If we look at how other discussion forums operate, The Dao Bums works well because it allows good practices to exist...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    news Forum Content Reorganization and Restricted Access

    After some deliberation about benefits and disadvantages, I have decided that some of the forum content will be moved into new branches housed under the Restricted Content forum stem. These are visible to registered users only in order to reduce the risk that uninitiated and greedy people...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    feedback Are There Any Forum Performance Issues? About Slowdown and Long Loading Times

    I received a complaint that this forum has gradually become much more slower to use and even completely stopped loading on some browsers. Anyone notice this phenomenon? Edit: I emphasize that it's supposed to be a long term effect that gradually sets in.
  11. Roots of Virtue

    feedback Discussion about Forum Policies: Breach of Conduct and Moderation Response

    Discussion about Forum Policies: Breach of Conduct and Moderation Response This thread is for showcasing the disregard and abuse of Alchemical Garden Forum policies. This also is the place for voicing discontent over how moderation is done.
  12. Roots of Virtue

    news Alchemical Garden Has Entered a Stable Phase

    I have toiled quite a lot to get all the gritty details correct, and now I'm very happy that all the major forum features are in place. This means that there will be less of development from now on unless user feedback warrants changes. There will be small updates, but only sporadically...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    news The Doors of Academia and Faculty Are Open!

    Good news! I decided to update the forum concept a bit and make it a little less restricted. As a consequence, the Faculty and Academia stems now allow replies from Students (i.e. ordinary registered users). I had originally envisioned that Academia would remain a closed forum stem with...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    question Questions & Answers

    In this thread the staff will feature important forum considerations in the friendly form of questions and answers. The list is subject to revisions if needed. A reminder: It's not that there sometimes are stupid questions, but that insincerity and unwillingness to learn may make inquiring...
  15. Earl Grey

    announcements Plain Speak vs Political Correctness vs Free Speech

    One thing I want to highlight as part of the goal here for relaxed discussion is plain speak. This doesn't mean that we will necessarily allow all opinions here, because if someone starts posting conspiracy theories or rants, obviously, we will frown upon it. We allow for healthy disagreement...
  16. Roots of Virtue

    feedback This Forum is Work in Progress!

    Hello everyone and welcome aboard! I hope that what you have seen so far has pleased you. You might have observed that this board is work in progress and many improvements are still coming forth. Therefore let's keep the forum under a wrap for now and not make a splash about it until it's...
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    feedback Community Vision and Purpose

    You can see our Community Vision and Purpose here: https://forum.alchemical.garden/root/community/ https://forum.alchemical.garden/root/community/ Discussion is open if anyone wants to comment on this document or ponder why this forum exists in the first place.
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    feedback Ethos and Ethical Guidelines

    You can see our Ethos and Ethical Guidelines here: https://forum.alchemical.garden/root/guidelines/ https://forum.alchemical.garden/root/guidelines/ Discussion is open if anyone wants to comment our aspirations towards integrity and community welfare.
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