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Title: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: Gerard on February 18, 2013, 06:53:56 PM
THE RULES

1. No threats.
2. No spam.
3. Proselytizing is allowed as long as intelligent discourse follows, and as long as it is not spam.
4. No sock puppets.
5. No chronic flaming.
6. No Posting of personal info.
7. No obstruction.
8. Members are only allowed to publish links to their websites, blogs or YouTube channels or similar items on the internet when they have been a member for three months and have a post count of at least thirty. This rule will not be enforced retroactively from 01-20-2013

About personal messages
For your general knowledge PM's are not accessible by mods or administrators, they are truly private messages. PM's are considered private and not to be published. Remember that PM's are at the consideration of the receiver, abuse of the PM system can be as simple as refusing to stop correspondence when asked by the receiver. That is considered harassment. Harassment or threats may be brought to the council's attention and action will be taken.


DEFINITIONS
Threat
When someone presents themselves as a real-life danger to others on the forum or in pm's.

Spam
Refers to the practice of posting commercial messages or advertisements more than once, outside of our Spam Forum or by a member with fewer than 25 posts. Spam also includes cut-and-paste proselytizing and hit-and-run proselytizing. Sending members unwanted or offensive pm's is also considered spam.

Proselytizing
The practice of attempting to convert people to a religion by means of preaching.

Sock Puppet
Another user account of an already established user on the site.

Flaming
The act of deliberately posting messages to the board that are hostile, insulting or meant purely to evoke emotional responses. Behaviour otherwise known as "trolling".

Personal Info
Other than your own, personal info is not to be posted here at the AF. Personal info is defined to mean info that can be used to identify a private person's real-life identity, address, phone number, employer, etc., without their permission. If the person has posted that info themselves for some reason, it is not an offense to quote them. If it is common public information, such as contact information for public figures such as politicians, it will also not be considered an offense.

Obstruction
The intentional hindering of moderators to do their job.


Note: The admins/mod team may have to make judgment calls from time to time as a result of ambiguity in the rules, definitions, or context of the alleged offense.

Since it is the job of the forum administrators and moderators to maintain general order, it is necessary that the mods and admins sometimes make judgment calls and take action even when a specific written rule does not seem to have been broken. This is especially true when some of the craftier posters among us artfully cause the same kinds of grief we're trying to prevent, while sidestepping the letter of the law as written in our posted rules. Instructions given by a mod or admin must be regarded as a posted rule until further notice or until rescinded by a mod or admin. Legitimate questions or concerns are given serious consideration by all mods and admins in Council.

One more thing: the council is not obliged to handle a complaint or a breach of forum rules, unless a moderator or administrator has received a P.M. (=Private Message) about it, or if you have used the clickable red exclamation mark, that can be found under every post.
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: wolf39us on July 06, 2014, 10:05:15 AM
Bumping this topic.

We will be updating our rules shortly.  In the mean time, please review this post as it will be very similar to the updated rules.  If you have suggestions as to how we can make your experiences better here at AF, please respond to this board.
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: stromboli on July 06, 2014, 10:15:45 AM
Did you bump gently or really goose that puppy?
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: wolf39us on July 06, 2014, 10:16:21 AM
lol I noticed our rules were in the Ivory Tower and uh, people can't see the tower SO!
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: stromboli on July 06, 2014, 10:28:32 AM
lol I noticed our rules were in the Ivory Tower and uh, people can't see the tower SO!

Wow, like really astute. And plays a guitar. You the whole package.
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: Nam on July 06, 2014, 11:52:13 AM
THE RULES

1. No threats.

I make guarantees, not threats. :wink:

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2. No spam.

But, but, but...I'm hungry:

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3. Proselytizing is allowed as long as intelligent discourse follows, and as long as it is not spam.

So basically it's not allowed.

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4. No sock puppets.

Jim Henson sock puppets don't count, right?

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5. No chronic flaming.

What if I have diarrhea?

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Members are only allowed to publish links to their websites, blogs or YouTube channels or similar items on the internet when they have been a member for three months and have a post count of at least thirty. This rule will not be enforced retroactively from 01-20-201messages

Stupid.

I never understood why people put definitions of rules at the end; do they really think that people have the brain power to read past the initial rules? Of course not!

1. Rule:

Definition

2. Rule:

Definition

3. Rule

Definition

etc.,

-Nam
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: PickelledEggs on July 06, 2014, 12:05:25 PM
The reason for the definitions is because people come to this forum from across the globe and a word in one area may mean something different somewhere else. Plus there are a bunch of illiterate people that come on here as well.

Defining each word makes sure everyone is on the same page.

Sent from your mom

Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: PickelledEggs on July 06, 2014, 12:40:10 PM
I have to say though.

Not really rule related, but I just noticed the Announcement subsection and I really like that idea. Lets keep it!
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: Nam on July 06, 2014, 12:57:45 PM
The reason for the definitions is because people come to this forum from across the globe and a word in one area may mean something different somewhere else. Plus there are a bunch of illiterate people that come on here as well.

Defining each word makes sure everyone is on the same page.

Sent from your mom



Not what I said or wrote. I said, as outlined in my comment: why are definitions AT THE END and not with the rule?

-Nam
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: PickelledEggs on July 06, 2014, 01:01:21 PM
Not what I said or wrote. I said, as outlined in my comment: why are definitions AT THE END and not with the rule?

-Nam
I don't know. I wasn't here when they posted the rules. I can imagine Gerard set it up like that because it's easier to quickly read through the rules and if it's unclear, the definitions are at the bottom as a reference like footnotes.
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: DunkleSeele on July 06, 2014, 02:21:01 PM
lol I noticed our rules were in the Ivory Tower and uh, people can't see the tower SO!
Actually, the rules have always been also in the "Introduction" section, but it looks as if people couldn't see them anyway. ;)
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: PickelledEggs on July 06, 2014, 02:23:42 PM
Actually, the rules have always been also in the "Introduction" section, but it looks as if people couldn't see them anyway. ;)
I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one that actually read the rules before I started posting here. :lol:

Sent from your mom

Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: wolf39us on July 06, 2014, 02:24:07 PM
Oh...  Well damn
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: Nam on July 06, 2014, 04:31:36 PM
I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one that actually read the rules before I started posting here. :lol:

Sent from your mom



Nerd.

-Nam
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: TheGamingAtheist on July 06, 2014, 08:56:24 PM
I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one that actually read the rules before I started posting here. :lol:

Sent from your mom
I didn't even know they existed until an hour ago. Lol but I've abided by them: D
Title: Re: The Atheist Forums Rules 2013-01-20
Post by: DunkleSeele on July 13, 2014, 12:08:39 PM
The new rules have been posted, both in this section and under "Introductions". Please refer to them. Thread closed.