I thought I'd create a Code of Conduct I thought I specifically needed for a comparative religion site.
Any comments or criticisms are very welcome. Essentially, I'm seeknig to preserve the ethos of respectful inter-faith dialogue. I'm looking to find a balance between reducing confrontation against individual freedom of expression.
Anyway, here it is:
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IMPORTANT please read
The comparative-religion.com forum welcomes all people of all faiths and perceptions. It is a forum that promotes respectful dialogue between a very diverse membership. Therefore for the smooth general running of the comparative-religion forum, a Code of Conduct is therefore enforced for the benefit of members, moderators, and administrators alike.
CODE OF CONDUCT
1 POSTING CONTENT
We ask that members respect the diverse nature of people and opinions represented in the forum. However, due to the fact that this is a place for all faiths, paths, and ultimately opinions, it is inevitable that disagreement may result. We therefore ask that you consider against posting in the heat of the moment. And if you cannot say something constructive to someone you disagree with then it's best not to say anything at all.
Please note that posts of the following nature are likely to be edited or deleted at the discretion of forum staff:
a) Posts which seek to offend directly or purposefully disrespect individual members of this community, especially through flaming, baiting, or personal abuse,
b) Posts which use excessive profanity,
c) Posts that contain illegal matieral
d) Posts that contain pornographic imagery or literature
e) Posts that seek to promote discrimination, hate, or violence either within or outside of the comparative-religion.com forum,
f) Posts which seek to attack the legal rights of any individual member, such as but not limited to defamation, harassment, and/or the issuing of threats,
g) Posts made by a member using multiple aliases
h) Posts which seek to disrupt the functioning of the community itself, such as attacks against the comparative-religon.com forum itself.
Please also note that swearing is not permitted - this is not an adult site. If you really feel the need to swear then censor the f****** words yourself. Use st*rs or bl_nks to censor the words. Lesser slang words are acceptable, but vocabulary general not deemed acceptable for family viewing should not be used. If you dont censor yourself, then the forum software and or the site staff may do this for you.
a) Informal Disciplinaries
Everyone gets a little heated sometimes, and we all make mistakes. Allowance is made for such eventualities. Generally forum staff will seek to defuse disagreements through constructive comment and criticism of posts. Every effort will be made to deal with issues calmly and sensibly on the forums itself. However, repeated offensive or disruptive behaviours may result in a Formal Disciplinary Procedure.
b) Formal Disciplinary Procedure
Re-occurring offences will result in a warning by e-mail, stating clearly the nature of the offense and indicating the involved post or postings. If the referred to behaviour continues then that member may be suspended, or more likely, banned from the comparative-religion.com forum. Please note that individual user IPs are logged with each post. Therefore particularly disruptive members can be completely excluded from even accessing the site via blocking of their IP address.
(i) Please note that you will not be censored even for disagreeing with any member of the management, so long as it is not done so in a manner that is seen as generally disruptive.
(ii)If you have any particular complaints about a member of the forums staff, whether moderator or administrator, then please e-mail brian(at)comparative-religion.com with your complaint.
(iii) Complaints received about any post not necessarily covered by the above comments will be duly adjudicated.
This Code of Conduct is for the good of both individual members and the good of the comparative-religion site in general. If the site staff ever fail to take action in either of the above categories then our hosting provider may wish to initiate its own censorship policy by suspending or even closing this site.
All things considered, you have not only the potential but the opportunity to be constructive here. You may even learn something. Please try to bear that in mind.
And have fun. :)
(the big bad boss)