Generally, message boards are meant to be a place where people can come together to discuss ideas, debate issues and learn from others. There are good message boards and there are bad message boards. I seek the perfect message board. In my experience, a bad message board is one that provides neither guidelines nor requirements for participation and does not expect nor require its members to participate in an intelligent manner. A bad message board offers its member nothing as it is quickly inundated with posts containing nothing but hyperbole, rhetoric and biased opinions based on questionable facts that are totally unsupportable. A bad message board will appear silly, immature and anarchistic thereby causing the mind atrophy and its members to leave seeking a new home. A good message board is one where people can come together to discuss ideas, debate issues and learn from others with limited interruption. It will consist of an acceptable environment that is intelligent and challenging and thereby provide some intellectual growth. I am searching for the perfect message board. In the perfect message board the members are contributing to discussions on the topics of the day in a substantive manner based on facts, personal experiences, and intelligently considered and expressed opinions. In the perfect message board the members respect each other even when they do not agree and even if, once in a while, they get little hot under the collar. Free speech is an essential requirement for my perfect message board as is the requirement that the participants exercise their free speech rights in a coherent, mature and intelligent manner. That does not mean everybody has to agree; that would be pointless. Opposing views are a necessary part of learning as they provide one with perspectives to consider that will either reinforce what they already believe or force them to reconsider their existing points of view. Therefore, the perfect message board is a place where free speech is accepted and encouraged but where the members are required to maintain a higher standard of discourse. Lastly, the perfect message board will have established reasonable rules that are enforced by moderators that understand what is required to provide an intelligent arena for discussions. It will require its members to participate in an intelligent and thoughtful manner and will not tolerate members that offer nothing but confrontational and mindless garbage. It will recognize and respect the intellectual capabilities of its members thereby fostering and maintaining an intelligent and learned environment for their benefit. What do you look for when seeking your perfect message board?