At XOC, we pride ourselves on having mutual respect for each other's point of view. Ridiculing fellow board members is never acceptable in any forum. Therefore, mocking or disparaging views that conflict with the subtext viewpoint and interpretation of the show is not acceptable in Subtext Zone; likewise, mocking or disparaging views that conflict with the shipper viewpoint and interpretation is not acceptable in ShipperTalk. This includes statements that those who do not ship the forum pairing, or ship another pairing, are "blind," "ignorant," "in denial," "reading things into the show," etc., or otherwise putting down non-subtext/non-shipper fans and their opinions. Everyone is entitled to disagree, of course, but name-calling or insulting someone else's intelligence or expressing hostility to people with different views is in violation of XOC rules.
Shipper Talk and Subtext Zone exist so that fans who support Xena and Ares or Xena and Gabrielle as a romantic couple can enjoy and discuss their preferred relationship without having to defend it against contrary interpretations. It is not appropriate for posters in either pairing-specific forum to take a "we are right, everyone else is wrong" attitude. People are drawn to different relationships for different reasons, so stepping on the toes of someone else's point of view can be very personal.
Also keep in mind that subtexters on this board often have friends who are shippers and vice versa, so by putting down fans of the other pairing, you may offend not only them but posters in your own pairing forum.
Love is the way.
XOC Moderating Team