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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:56 pm    Post subject: Rules of the Forum  Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum.

We’re very glad you’ve found us and we want you to enjoy your time here.  

If at any time you have any problems, worries, concerns or suggestions, contact the moderators and/or admin, who are always happy to help.  

There are not too many rules, but all members are asked to read, learn and inwardly digest the following points carefully in order to make posting here safe and enjoyable for everyone.



1) This forum is for members of all religious persuasions, which means those of some religious affiliation and none at all. Inevitably this will give rise to debate, but however full and frank the exchange of ideas may be, please keep it civil and courteous. By all means criticise ideas but not people. Address the argument, not the person. Messages which could be deemed purely to cause offence/distress to others or which are considered to harass another poster may be removed, and persistent offenders in this regard will receive a warning and ultimately may be banned. It’s entirely possible to have strong opinions and to disagree while remaining polite. How messages which may be deemed to be directly insulting to another member of the forum are dealt with can never be codified in advance and has to remain a matter for the judgement of the admin/moderation team depending on the nature of the offence. However, warnings - either official or unofficial - can be given: in the case of official warnings a maximum of three will be given before a permanent and automatic ban.

No area of the forum is out of bounds to anyone, but the Prayer Room and Bible Study sections are not for debate on the efficacy or otherwise of prayer and on scriptural references. For critical debate on these issues please use (for example) All Faiths & None.

The Bear Pit is a sub-forum which is rather more 'hands-off' than the rest of the forum as a whole. This does not mean that 'anything goes,' rather that - as the name implies - substantially more robust, rough-and-tumble debate is allowed and strong language usually overlooked (unless this involves the sort of racist, sexist or homophobic language as detailed in 2) below, which remain prohibited across the forum as a whole). If this type of debate is not to your taste and/or you are likely to be offended by strong language, please steer clear of the Bear Pit.

2) Following on from 1), please do not post – either directly or by external link - any material which is pornographic or obscene, or material which is racist, sexist or homophobic in nature. There is no desire to stifle free speech or free expression, but by the same token this forum is as subject to the laws relating to libel and hate speech, for example, as anything and anywhere else. Messages which contravene this rule may be removed forthwith and, depending on the severity of the offence, members posting such material may be summarily banned.

3) Posts/posters which/who are deemed to be consistently disruptive of the smooth and orderly functioning of the forum may be warned and/or suspended and/or banned.

4) If a post is removed, you will be contacted either by PM or email, outlining the reasons for its removal. If you want to know more about removal of posts contact the admin at NGLReturns2014@outlook.com

5) Stay safe online. Giving out personal information which may be used to identify you is strongly discouraged. If you do however choose to go ahead and share personal information with other users, be aware that you do so entirely at your own risk and the board administrator will accept no liability for any consequence, however incurred. (Don’t say you weren’t warned, in other words).

6) We reserve the right to change or amend any or all of the rules at any time if deemed necessary for reasonable and transparent reasons. Your continued use of the board thereafter confirms your acceptance of the new rules and agreement to abide by them.

7) If you disagree with any of the rules please contact the administrator or do not continue to use the board. The rules are in place to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all.

8) We cannot guarantee access to this board at all times. The board is subject to the host server and users may on occasion experience difficulty logging in or accessing the board as a whole. If you experience any difficulties please contact the administrator. Remember, though, that some problems of this nature may well be beyond the administrator’s control.

9) The administrator has no control over links to other websites, their content or their privacy policies. As such, we will not be held liable for any loss, damage to software or hardware or any consequence, howsoever caused, which you may experience by using this site or a link to another site, or acting upon information given. Neither do we accept any liability for any consequence, howsoever caused, by you acting on information posted on this message board. You are advised to confirm all information before acting upon it. We have no control over the information or content of messages prior to their being posted on this board. We therefore take no responsibility, or accept any liability for any consequence, howsoever caused, in respect of the content of this board. We will endeavour to remove any posts which are in breach of these rules once we are notified or become aware of their existence.

10) Members are free to change their user names at any time, but simultaneous multiple accounts with a deliberate intention to deceive or mislead (so-called "sock puppets") are not allowed. If there is reason to believe that accounts are being misused in this way the matter will be looked into and the member may be banned.

11) Private messages are meant to be exactly that - private. Divulging them to a broader audience is a breach of trust. Please do not post any private message on the open forum without the explicit permission of the sender/receiver.

12) If you see a user in breach of any of these rules, please inform the administrator.

13) The decision of the administrator on any complaint, query, post removal or any other issue will be final. So there.

Remember: the simplest rule is the best – use your common sense and treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. Respect other people’s beliefs as you would like your own to be respected. You know it makes sense!

We trust that you will find the board to be a friendly and welcoming place. If you have any problems or concerns, please bring it to the administrator’s attention as soon as possible.

Thank you for your co-operation. Now enjoy yourselves.


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Ketty
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Rules of the Forum Reply with quote

admin wrote:
Welcome to the forum.


Thank you.  Smilie_PDT

I want to say a huge 'hurrah' to it all but the following, especially:



admin wrote:
1. By all means criticise ideas but not people. Address the argument, not the person.


and

admin wrote:
2. If a post is removed, you will be contacted either by PM or email, outlining the reasons for its removal.


Thumbs up to that!  :)

admin wrote:
If you see a user in breach of any of these rules, please inform the administrator.


Tee hee, permission to be a dobber-inner.  :lol:   :twisted:  :wink:

Just one question or suggestion . . . do you have a rule regarding sock puppets?   8)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Wash your socks first and be careful with the needle 

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

admin wrote:
Yes. Wash your socks first and be careful with the needle :P


Fairy Nuff.

:twisted:   :twisted:   :twisted:

;-)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, seriously, the policy on sock puppets is that they're not allowed. If there's good reason to believe that such multiple accounts exist, the matter will be looked into.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

admin wrote:
No, seriously, the policy on sock puppets is that they're not allowed. If there's good reason to believe that such multiple accounts exist, the matter will be looked into.


Doh!  You could have warned me before . . . I've just opened a gazillion and one false email accounts.   :twisted:  JOKING!!  I hate sock puppetry, so, seriously, I'm pleased it's not allowed.

I think I'm going to like it here.  8)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that's the idea!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I never knew sock puppetry meant opening multiple accounts. Thats me learned!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou Smorels wrote:
Well I never knew sock puppetry meant opening multiple accounts. Thats me learned!


A sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception within an Internet community.   There's more at this link What is a Sock Puppet
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: Rules of the Forum Reply with quote

admin wrote:
Welcome to the forum.

1) This forum is for members of all religious persuasions, which means those of some religious affiliation and none at all. Inevitably this will give rise to debate, but however full and frank the exchange of ideas may be, please keep it civil and courteous. By all means criticise ideas but not people. Address the argument, not the person. Messages which could be deemed purely to cause offence/distress to others will be removed, and persistent offenders in this regard will receive a warning and ultimately may be banned. It’s entirely possible to have strong opinions and to disagree while remaining polite. No area is out of bounds, but the Prayer Room and Bible Study sections are not for debate on the efficacy or otherwise of prayer and on scriptural references. For debate on these issues please use All Faiths & None.

<SNIP>

Thank you for your co-operation. Now enjoy yourselves.


Maybe it is just me but......

If someone intentionally makes a statement that you may disagree with - in real life as well as on any forum - my first reaction is to call that person an Idiot and then explain to them why they are an Idiot.

Have you ever thought "what a stupid thing to say"  and found yourself, whist instructing them why it was stupid, calling into question their mental capacity to fundamentally grasp a concept that is obvious to others?

Sometimes it is difficult to address the argument without insulting the person/poster.

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