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Old 05-23-2012, 12:23 PM
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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It has come to the attention of both mods that there is an over abundance of rude posts in many threads. Rudeness in posts will absolutely not be tolerated, and hence forth will result in infractions.

Sarcasm will be tolerated so long as it does not cross the line into overt rudeness. The moderators appreciate a sense of humor, and for more subtle sarcastic posts, or for sarcasm in general, perhaps the insertion of the emoticon would prove helpful and alert those reading the post of it's intent.

Please refer to the Terms of Service if necessary regarding the above, and direct message either moderators should you have any further questions.

~June and Miss Blue
Moderator of:
Non Romantic Relationships
Parenting, and sub-forums

Old 08-15-2014, 08:12 AM
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Post Religion Posting Guidelines - Updated August 15, 2014

Specific posting instruction for all the Religion & Spirituality forums.

Obviously, the Terms of Service apply in all the forums on City-Data. In addition, some specific posting rules exist that only apply to a single specific forum. We have those here. There is Administrator's rule against proselytizing in the Atheism & Spirituality forum, and the relaxation of the English-only rule in the Judaism and Islam forums, and the rules dealing with definitions of Christians in the Christianity forum.

This section of City-Data is for discussions about Religion and Spirituality, which makes it a little different from other forums. Everyone is free to post in any forum. For example, the Christianity forum is for discussions about Christianity, but there is no requirement that a person be a Christian in order to post there.

Be careful in your postings and take into consideration that these forums cover topics that are emotional for most of the members who post here. Many people feel very protective of their religious beliefs, so an extra helping of respect is in order to avoid arguments. That respect needs to go both ways. Members need to recognize that many people have beliefs that differ from their own (no matter how smart or right they are). Plagiarizing from the sticky in another forum, please don't poke the bears, and bears, please don't poke the tourists.

Some topics are not appropriate for these forums, particularly when those topics cross that invisible, and sometimes difficult to define, line between religion and politics. Somebody has to figure it out, and the Moderators got the job. We all hate to delete posts and lock threads, so we all promise to be as lenient as our conscious allows.


When starting a new thread, please do not post only a link or a video. Other members may not know what your intent was if that is all there is. Also, subsequent posts may be off topic if they have no idea what topic you wanted to set forth with your link/video. Add a line or two to let the readers know your thoughts.

Personal attacks and trolling are strictly against the TOS. Please report instead of answering. Infractions WILL be given to BOTH the attacker and the posters that answers with an attack of their own. Once you reply to trolling posts you then often become a troll also. Answering and antagonizing is every bit as bad what the troll did. Infractions may ensue if you partake in this. Accusing another person of being a troll is defined here as a personal attack and is worthy of an infraction.

Changing others' posts that you have quoted, is not permitted. Do not change others' posts ... EVER. It is trolling and violators will be infracted. If you see it being done please report. Don't reply.

Do NOT post in RED. RED is reserved across City-Data for Moderator actions. This is done so everyone can distinguish between posts a Moderator makes as a member and posts a Moderator makes in the role of Moderator. Although some customarily use RED to indicate words from the Bible attributed to Jesus, please use another color when posting.

As Moderators, we are not here to decide what's true and what is not. If City-Data wanted to do that, they would hire a bunch of experts, from lawyers to doctors to engineers to theologians, instead of a random group of volunteer moderators. Please, remember that we are volunteers and are not online 24/7.
Offenses that will get the Moderators to take action:

1. Overtly rude on overly sarcastic posts. From this date forward, ongoing rude or sarcastic posts will be infracted.
2. Accusing another member of offenses worthy of infractions (such as trolling).
3. Accusing another member of being inadequately religious. (e.g. A real Christian doesn't believe that.)
4. Restarting a thread recently closed.
5. Reposting a previously Moderated comment.
6. Abuse of the Report Button.
7. Bashing anyone's religion (or lack of same). This includes Universalists, Mormons, Muslims, Baptists, Lutherans, Amish (although I don't think we have any posting).
8. Replying to a post you report. This makes extra work for the Moderators (volunteers) and makes them grumpy. You don't want grumpy Moderators.
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Thanks , everyone. With all of us pulling together, we can have a wonderful forum . To use June's term, take gentle care. To relate that to the forum, help us all to make this a kind and gentle forum.

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Old 01-02-2017, 06:27 AM
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Default Science topics belong in the Science Forum

As of January 2, 2017, Science threads are not to be started in any of the Religion & Spirituality forums.

Our reasoning is based on the fact that we have had two recent threads dealing with Science in Religion and Scientific Proof of God. Both threads developed into discussions that had virtually nothing to do with Religion or Spirituality (the reason we have these forums).

Another reason is that the local forum rules for the Science & Technology forum prohibits posting about Religion, so it is deemed inappropriate for the Religion forums to host Science threads. That rule is quoted here:

This is the Science forum, not Religion forum.
Originally Posted by Yac View Post
To clarify as there seems to be some confusion about this lately:
This is the Science forum. We have a separate Religion forum where you can post about Religion, but please don't do it here. There is a clear line between the two, and if you cross it your thread/post might be moved/deleted and you might get an infraction for it.
Now, here's the kicker. If people post things that are scientifically incorrect, this rule is not to be construed to prohibit people from responding. For example, if a discussion about creation results in a comment claiming the evolution scientists claim that evolution proves life originated from goop, this rule is not to prohibit people with knowledge of science from posting corrections. This is NOT permission to take a thread off in a science direction. Answer with a post or two. If the thread isn't back on topic, please report rather than breaking the spirit of this rule.

Don't turn this into an excuse to report occasional single comments that are pertinent to discussions. This is to keep our forums focused on Religion and Spirituality by avoiding threads primarily focused on Science topics. Remember that Science topics are welcome in the Science and Technology forum.

Thank you for your cooperation.
The Religion & Spirituality Moderators
june 7th
Miss Blue
Woodrow LI

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Last edited by Miss Blue; 01-02-2017 at 10:05 AM..
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