Some Clarification on Essay Content and Sourcing
C99 is a non-partisan site. That means that the site itself takes no official stance on any political party or candidate. Users are free to support any candidate or party across the political spectrum, from left to right. You are liable to see essays and comments here that also span that political arc. We are an open discussion board that takes pride in tolerance and a lack of censorship unless it is beyond the pale of civility. Beyond the pale of civility is a blanket term but I think we all would agree that there are some things that should be out of bounds and we would all recognize them as such if they were to pop up.
Users are free to mock public figures, but not other users. Those that mock public figures should also expect push back from those that object to said mockery. The key to such interactions is our civility policy. Users must be civil to one another. That's all we ask. Mocking users for mocking public figures is not civil within c99 boundaries. Push back is fine, mocking other users is not. Also, keep in mind that an essay that uses excessive mockery of public figures will most likely not find its way to the front page. Mockery of public officials can be an effective tactic but it may also turn off many readers from taking you seriously.
Taking undue umbrage with civil disagreement on your work is a form of incivility. If a user questions your writing and does it in a civil manner, that does not give you license to jump down the throat of said user just because they disagree with you.
Users are free to source their work as they please. Again, disagreement with the author's sourcing is allowed as long as it's kept within our civility parameters. It would be inconsistent with our non-partisan policy if we were to disallow alternative sourcing. Truth is a relative concept, is it not? With that said, we do urge all authors to be careful in their selection of sources, there are many forms of disinformation and outright propaganda present on the web and a source from a lone opinion with no other source to back it up may not be the best piece to link to or use as a basis for your treatise. We also include in that sites that push the envelope of credibility, that shouldn't have to be explained any further, you should all know what is meant. If you do use sources like that you should expect some strong push back.
About sources and getting your essay promoted to the front page. You may have posted a most relevant and well written essay, but if it contains any sourcing that, at the discretion of the administrators, is deemed dodgy, dubious, or untrustworthy, then it may be withheld from the front page. So, please be careful with the sources you cite.
Please note that the overriding message here is civility and tolerance. That's how we roll.