Open Thread: Bastard Rules and Regulations

Given the debates during the open threads, I think I am going to have to establish some sort of rules for discourse. These rules would only apply to Open Threads. If I post something “inflammatory” and its not an open thread, I don’t expect the rules of debate to apply. There may be some exceptions–But i’m not sure what they may be. Given the communal nature of a blog, I’m inviting everyone and anyone to help flesh them out.

So what should these rules be? Should there be any rules that are universal to the blog itself?