The Senate forum of the JC was originally established to foster in-depth, serious discussion and debate. Every iteration of the forum's rules have carried this mandate, and have been consciously designed to facilitate this point. When their are points of uncertainty or a lack of clarity in the rules, moderators have often publicly cited this principle in guiding what ultimately will and will not be allowed. However, in the years since it's original establishment, the user base has changed significantly. Combined with broader trends in online traffic, we now operate in a substantially different environment, despite using essentially the same rules as in years prior. I submit that these rules, though once appropriate, have now become a detriment to the stated mission of the forum. They scare away many potential users, stifle the sort of informal friendship building that allows for more open, rigorous debate, contribute to thread death by arbitrarily increasing the amount of investment needed to post, and do nothing to improve discussion quality, as the success of many parallel discussions in the Community forum demonstrates. I therefore propose that we scrap the current Senate rules and replace them with the Community forum rules to better facilitate serious discussion in a fun, user-friendly environment, per the original mission of this forum.