Members are advised to read the thread on How the Formal Debates forum works, if they have not already done so. This thread contains ready-made sets of rules for debates which may be referred to as the "Standard Rules". It is not a requirement that debates be conducted according to these rules. Rather, the aim here is to save time in negotiating the rules for each individual debate, by having available a set of rules which debaters may agree to follow, possibly with variations of their own. Therefore, instead of every debate proposal having to include a full set of rules, a member proposing a debate can simply say in his or her Proposal thread: "I challenge ____ to a debate, using the Standard Rules, on the topic: Should smoking be banned everywhere?" The current thread will always contain the current Standard Rules, but these may be updated from time to time. Suggestions for additions, clarifications or changes may be discussed in a separate thread.