This is an issue which has been bubbling away in the Physics & Math forum for a while now. Last time I polled users of the Physics & Math forum about the best way to deal with non-standard physical theories, they replied as follows: * 2/3 of respondents said they would like a "Theory Development" or "Alternative Theories" forum separate to the existing "Physics & Math" forum. * 1/2 the respondents also said they would not post in such a forum if it was created. I would not wish to restrict any new forum to dealing with alternative theories only in Physics or Math. I suggest that, if such a forum is created, it should deal with alternative theories in all areas of science. However, discussion should be related to science, and not pseudoscience. Therein lies a potential problem. As I have said before, I personally do not support the creation of a new forum, but I would still like to test the idea with the members of sciforums. In my opinion, it is reasonably easy to divide Physics threads into two groups, belonging either in the Physics forum, or in the Pseudoscience forum. An "Alternative Theories" forum would create a kind of murky middle-ground. So, as well as replying to the proposal suggested above, I would also like your responses to the following questions: Assuming such a forum was created: 1. What would be a good name for it? 2. What kinds of theories would this forum cover? 3. How will moderators be able to decide whether a given thread belongs in the new forum, or in the Pseudoscience forum, or in one of the existing Science forums? (And should this be up to the moderators, or to the people starting threads?) Here are a few case studies. Where would the following threads go (Physics forum, Pseudoscience forum, Alternative theories forum)? 4. "Evolution is wrong. Creationism is right!" 5. "Relativity is wrong. My theory explains things better!" 6. "Pyramid power exists, and I have independent evidence!" 7. "Pyramid power exists. I've experienced it myself!" 8. "Pyramid power exists, and all scientists who say it doesn't are just deluded!" 9. "I don't know if Pyramid power exists, but I'd like to discuss the possibility." 10. "Aliens are landing on Earth every day." 11. "New cosmological theory offers explanation for dark matter." 12. "A new approach to wave-particle duality."