RULES OF CONDUCT FOR THIS FORUM
THESE RULES ARE NOT FINAL AND MAY BE EDITED AT ANY TIME.
Give us your nutters, your cranks, your theists yearning to be free, and in the spirit of Freethought, we'll do our best to oblige them.
The Rational Response Squad/No God Network will not allow a chaotic zoo in which troublemakers are allowed to prevent anyone from exploration of Freethought, nor do we want a stifling jail house, where freedom of speech of not encouraged.
These House Rules outline a minuscule set of conventions of good conduct that aim at fostering a friendly, open and stimulating atmosphere crucial for the kind of forum we would like to preserve that includes a consistent framework for dealing with destructive shenanigans.
As the owners of this site, we reserve the right to remove anyone from our site, at any time, for any reason. We will not provide financial and/or commercial support for anyone whose main goal could be detrimental to this site. We will not publish anything online from anyone who makes deceptive or dishonest claims in order to undermine the credibility or viability of this site. We are open to criticism in order to improve the site, but attacks personal or otherwise, are not acceptable, especially from people who aren't willing to admit that they could be wrong.
2. Rules & Conventions.
The moderators are the sole arbitrators of the House Rules and will pass judgment on a case-by-case basis. Community members can contact a mod if they think the rules should be enhanced or altered in some way.
Offenders will be dealt with in accordance to section 3 below at mod discretion.
Members are expected to help out the moderators by reporting disruptive violations of the House Rules within a reasonable time period after the alleged violation occurs.
These House Rules are not meant as legal codes that doles out justice, but instead is a basic guide for good conduct. Because of this, moderators are under no obligation to take on a case if it seems counter-productive to do so; e.g. taking retro-active measures that do not effect the present atmosphere of the board. Moderators would prefer to NOT to have to ban anyone from this board, but must utilize these rules due to the size of the community and the vast amount of personality types that will frequent it.
Moderators are subject to the House Rules on par with all other members. If a moderator is directly involved in a dispute, her or she is considered to be a regular member for the purpose of adjudicating the case in question.
Should there be any issues regarding a moderator, please PM another moderator regarding the issue. Moderators are in regular contact via a special private forum, and must justify their actions there. After the issue is discussed between moderators, a representative not directly involved in the questionable action will contact you concerning the decision. Do not post your gripes about moderation of the forum on the forum itself, such action is considered to be akin to attacking the sites, and shows a lack of genuine interest in mere discussion. Trying to interpret the rules to tell other members in public that they have broken forum rules especially site owners and admins is not permissable. The moderators at RRS tend to be rather forgiving, do not try to interpret the rules or call others out on them. Don't hold a grudge, contact another mod!
Antagonism is giving one or more members a hard time. Cases typically comprise a series of provocations, each not necessarily sanctionable in its own right. Incidents can include, but are by no means limited to the following:
- Clear intent to not argue a position, but to merely attack a person
The notoriously fickle and blurry nature of such exchanges makes it nearly impossible to draw up a precise definition of exactly what constitutes Antagonism. Moderators are more often than not simply forced to draw upon their vast and collective experience to adjudicate when enough is enough, and take whatever steps they deem necessary in order to keep the peace, good will and reputation of the board.
2.2. Sock Puppetry and Screen Names.
Sock puppetry is the registration of multiple accounts or the purpose of creating login-names that mimic other people's monikers. Sock puppet accounts will be deleted. People who have screen names that are misleading may be asked to change their name, for example, theists who use the screen name "An Atheist" or "Rational Thinker" or a male using the name "younggirl20."
Threats are totally unacceptable and offenders may be exiled without warning at the moderators' discretion.
The posting of spam to promote products, sites, or services not affiliated with RationalResponders.com, FreethinkingingTeens.com, Atheistnetwork.com, MargaretDowney.com, AsktheAtheist.com, CelebAtheists.com or any other site in the Rational Response Squad Network roof is strictly prohibited. Interested parties are welcome to take out ad-space at our affordable rates instead. Contact Offenders will be exiled and content deleted on sight.
Cross-postings, hit-and-run proselytism, and other posts that create unreasonable janitor-chores for the moderators may be removed without notice and sanctioned either by exile or temporary ban depending on the nature of the spam at the call of the moderator.
3. How rules are applied.
3.1 Post deletion and edit
Offending posts may be deleted without notice. If a moderator must edit a post to remove offending remarks, a note will be made by mod. Posts may also be moved to a more appropriate forum without notice.
We want to give you as much room as possible to prove you can handle yourself here. Warnings for gross misconduct will be issued as often as deemed necessary by the mod team.
3.3 Good Deed Clause
Redemption is sometimes possible through a Good Deeds clause. This would normally involve a victim accepting a sincere apology from the offender. If the victim and offender have made amends, moderators will look at the situation and act accordingly.
When necessary, we reserve the right to remove a person's posting privileges for a short period of time, or forever. An inactive account can always be reinstated should the mods choose to allow it, so if you are banned, DO NOT burn your bridge back to the community. Contact one of us in private to voice any complaints/apologies.
4. Common Courtesy.
- Quickly check if your topic is being discussed in another thread before starting a new one.
- New threads should be posted in appropriate forums.
- Please do not derail threads more than strictly necessary and get back on topic ASAP unless it has pretty much been "running its course" at that point anyway.
- Many people frown on thread-jamming (i.e. interrupting the flow of a thread with brief posts without really participating in the discussion). If this becomes an issue, please use the private messages for such exchanges, as this board is open to all our members.
- Notifications of news, events, gatherings and the like of pertinence to the world of Freethought are considered community services rather than spam and belong to the News & Current Events forums or one of the activism forums.
- Known members may use their signature space to promote personal projects of interest to other members at the moderators' discretion.
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