For example, we may, as an exercise, want to run this 2017 post through the new rules:
I suggest a new thread if this is to be discussed in greater depth.
That post would not pass the new rules. I don't think that this post would pass just based on the Honor Code:
IV. We know misunderstandings are inevitable. We try to minimize them by being courteous to everyone, even those who don't act accordingly.
The post is condescending and the attached document is inflamatory and, as some have described, racist. People come to Wikitree to do genealogy, not to be lectured that they need to be reeducated based solely on the color of their skin. The author knows nothing about all of the people in the described group nor of their values. To assign a value to a group of people based on their race is the exact definition of racism.
Looking at it according to the Help:Discussion Rules (draft) page:
Point 1. "Avoid unnecessary controversy"
From the attached text:
This guide assumes that readers are comfortable deconstructing race, talking about racism, and examining participation in racialized systems of oppression. Race needs to be named, and “color-blindness” is an unhelpful remedy to entrenched societal racism. If you are put off by the terms “white,” “privilege,” “racism,” or the general premise of this document, then this guide is not for you --- at least not for right now. Instead, you may want to seek out general resources on racism, white privilege, and growing as anti-racist allies. Go explore your questions. Deal with whatever emotions come up. And when you come back to integrate what you’ve learned about race into your genealogical work, this resource list will be here for you.
By the author's own admission, this text is contoversial.
The idea of "entrenched societal racism" is subjective and a topic that is far from resolved in the political forum and in the academic world.
From the post:
I created the following document for people who identify as white who want to learn how to act in anti-racist ways while doing genealogy:
This implies that an entire group of people are engaged in racist behavior.
This and the next quote below would violate the new rule #2: Do not insult, accuse, or criticize any person or group of people in a public message.
White privilege is endemic to doing genealogy in the United States in the 21st century...
Prevalent in or limited to a particular locality, region, or people.
Native to or limited to a certain region.
Common in or inherent to an enterprise or situation.
"White privelege" is also subjective and disputed (both in academia and politically). The term is politically derisive and has no place in a forum governed by the honor code.
The text has a quote that reads:
"White people, no one is asking you to apologize for your ancestors. We are asking you to dismantle the systems they built and you maintain."
The quote just accused all "white people" (if such a group can be defined) of maintaing systemic racism.
Help:Discussion Rules (draft)
2. Don't criticize anyone.
Do not insult, accuse, or criticize any person or group of people in a public message.