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As a final note, try to work your problems out on-thread before resorting to an abuse report. The moderators are already over-worked and do not look kindly on abuse report spammers. More importantly, it is a good witness for your confession to be a peacemaker.
1 posted on 04/23/2006 8:01:08 AM PDT by Religion Moderator
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Good morning! That was very well done.


2 posted on 04/23/2006 8:03:10 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Dump the 1967 Outer Space Treaty! I'll weigh less on Mars!)
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Pleased to meet you. Those seem like sensible guidelines.


3 posted on 04/23/2006 8:06:39 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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I'm in.


4 posted on 04/23/2006 8:27:14 AM PDT by onedoug
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Calling an author a liar is permitted – calling another poster a liar is not.

The author of this thread is a liar!! (Just kidding)

Good advice, thanks.

5 posted on 04/23/2006 8:32:41 AM PDT by colorcountry (Don't bother me,.... I'm living happily ever after.)
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May I ask a question of a poster on a devotional thread, In order that I might better understand their position?


6 posted on 04/23/2006 8:49:20 AM PDT by colorcountry (Don't bother me,.... I'm living happily ever after.)
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"Threads which are devotional or church-like in nature (such as daily mass readings) will be protected from challenges to doctrine, etc. Reported challenges will be pulled. The titles of the threads should be clearly designated so other posters and the moderators will know. "

Will atheistic ideological threads marked as devotional be protected from doctrinal challenges? I asked this question of a previous religious moderator, but didn’t follow up after he said that he didn’t have time to discuss it.

For instance, if I post an Objectivist devotional thread that is dedicated to explaining and reinforcing Objectivist metaphysics to a list of people, and the usual trolls jump in with no apparent interest other than denouncing Objectivism or Ayn Rand, will you pull their posts if there are complaints?

8 posted on 04/23/2006 8:54:50 AM PDT by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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Welcome and thank you!


9 posted on 04/23/2006 8:56:54 AM PDT by restornu (Earnestly it is impossible for man to walk with God, and also maintain the humor of a reprobate!)
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This doesn't apply to "The Church of Monday Night Football" threads, does it?

We post those in Chat. ;-)


11 posted on 04/23/2006 9:02:17 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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ping


13 posted on 04/23/2006 9:05:09 AM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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May I ask you two questions.

1. How are devotional threads to be designated? Should there be a formal mark, e.g. a "Topic"?

2. There are denominational "topics", e.g. Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical, Orthodox, Islam, even (nota bene, Elfman, Skeptics/Seekers). A reader can add a topic but he cannot remove a topic. Are these of any significance to you? There were instances when topics were added to disruptively (on Teri Schiavo's threads, for example). I think, if adding topics were disallowed by software, the topics could serve a very useful role in preventing endless interdenominational flame wars. Your thoughts?

This is the reason I am asking. It is good that on occasion one denomination can provide a teachable moment to another. For example, as a Catholic I value opportunities to explain why we venerate saints, etc. But at the same time, not every thread should erupt in a Catholic-Protestant fight over such basics, even when it is not a devotional thread. For example, a Catholic should be able to discuss aspects of veneration of a particular saint without having to field basic questions about veneration of saints in general, that are certain to come form the Protestants. Likewise, a Protestant should be able to post something about a Protestant thinker, or Protestant eschatology without others piling on Protestantism in general. What would be your recommendation? I see three possibilities about such "threads of limited debate"?

1. Mark the thread as denomination-specific and expect others to make constructive posts but not start interdenominational fights (my preference)

2. Declare thread devotional for defensive purposes, but in fact have a discussion among like-minded people.

3. Live with the fact that FR is not a suitable venue for such discussions and go to catholic.com and such.

I would welcome your thoughts of advice as well as clarification of policy.



20 posted on 04/23/2006 10:26:21 AM PDT by annalex
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Mornin', chief!


24 posted on 04/23/2006 10:46:37 AM PDT by 4U2OUI (OK.)
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One request re pulled posts (esp when pulled due to language)
- is it possible for the Mod(s) to FReepmail the offending poster, to advise why their post was pulled?
29 posted on 04/23/2006 11:10:26 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Colossians 4:5)
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Thank you, Religion Moderator, for making these points clear!
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31 posted on 04/23/2006 11:11:55 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Religion Moderator; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
Thank you for posting the guidelines and taking the time to introduce yourself. Welcome to the Religion Forum

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Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list

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Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


39 posted on 04/23/2006 11:48:08 AM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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What about posters who don't believe in the Religion Moderator? Can anyone truly prove that the Religion Moderator truly exis--ZOT!


45 posted on 04/23/2006 12:43:59 PM PDT by AmishDude (AmishDude, servant of the dark lord Xenu.)
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Thanks for stating your position Moderator. I understand this is a secular message board - not on the sense of secularism, but rather it means FR is without any specific religion backgrounds unlike, say, evangelical Christianity of Rapture Ready Message Board. I will keep this in mind that "the game is different on different boards".

Different boards serve different purposes. FR has plenty of intellectual-oriented politically conservative Christians or other Christendom members or non-believers. RR has evangelical Christians that are politically conservative, centrist, and even leftist-pacifist when it comes with secular politics.


51 posted on 04/23/2006 1:14:47 PM PDT by NZerFromHK (Leftism is like honey mixed with arsenic: initially it tastes good, but that will end up killing you)
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Greetings from your Religion Moderator

"Greetings, sire..." (Mumbles prayer)

56 posted on 04/23/2006 1:56:19 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Remove card rapidly)
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**Threads which are devotional or church-like in nature (such as daily mass readings) will be protected from challenges to doctrine, etc. Reported challenges will be pulled. The titles of the threads should be clearly designated so other posters and the moderators will know.**

Thank you from all of us!


58 posted on 04/23/2006 2:05:55 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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**Always argue the issues – theology, philosophy, history, etc. – and never make it personal.**

Again, thank you.


59 posted on 04/23/2006 2:07:29 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Nice set of guidelines.


69 posted on 04/23/2006 2:39:38 PM PDT by Tribune7
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