[UPDATED] FORUM RULES.
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13-10-2010, 02:10 PM (This post was last modified: 10-04-2012 12:31 PM by lucradis.)
Old Forum Rules
The Thinking Atheist Forum is self moderated. That is to say that we do not moderate posts and discussions as a general rule since we believe in free speech. We welcome controversy and debate. We have a small team that helps keep things organized, and keeps the site spam free. There are, however, a few rules I ask that you follow to make our job easier. (Remember that being a team member of this forum is strictly voluntary, so your help is not only appreciated, but expected).

#1 New members must have their first post approved by a team member. I just want to assure you that this is NOT a way of us weeding out "undesirables". It is just to help us spot bots and spam before it makes it onto the boards. If you are a real person, you will be approved, no matter what your beliefs, attitude, or whatever. To have your account approved, post ONCE in the introduction forum. You WILL NOT see your post, since it won't show up until a staff member approves it. Posting multiple times before your account is approved is a great way to piss off staff. Don't do it. It creates more work for us. Just be patient, and once your account is approved you can post all you like.

#2 EVERYONE is welcome to post on this forum. That includes atheists, agnostics, theists, martians, or whatever else you call yourself. Just because we have "atheist" in the name of the website, doesn't mean the forum is exclusive to atheists.

#3 SPAM of any kind WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. No three strikes. If you SPAM the forums, your account will be permanently deleted.

Should you need assistance, or have an issue you would like to discuss, you can message myself, or one of the moderators. Alternatively, you can post a message in The Forum Management Team section where your posts can ONLY be viewed by you and the team (Admin, Moderators and Veteran Users). This will help you in cases where discussion is warranted, but you prefer the discussion to remain private. Please feel free to use the suggestions section if you have any ideas on how to improve this forum. We'll do our best to accomidate. Remember, it's OUR forum. Lets make it work for US.

James.
Forum Administrator.

Just visiting.

-SR
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10-04-2012, 11:46 AM (This post was last modified: 03-11-2012 10:50 AM by FSM_scot.)
[UPDATED] FORUM RULES.
Welcome to The Thinking Atheist Forum.

New members must have their first post approved by a team member. If your post hasn't appeared it means it is currently in the moderation queue, and will be posted as soon it has been reviewed by a member of the forum team. Please don't double post we will get to your post as soon as possible.

We want to assure you that this is NOT a way of us weeding out "undesirables". It is just to help us spot bots and spam before it makes it's way onto the boards.

If you are a real person, you will be approved, no matter what your beliefs, attitude, or whatever.
We recommend that you make your first post in the Introductions So we can give you a proper welcome.


The Thinking Atheist Forum is self moderated. That is to say that we do not moderate posts and discussions as a general rule since we believe in free speech. We welcome controversy and debate. We have a small team that helps keep things organized, and keeps the site spam free. There are, however, a few rules we ask that you follow to make our job easier.
(Remember that being a team member of this forum is strictly voluntary, so your help is not only appreciated, but expected). We have few rules please take the time to read them.


#1 EVERYONE is welcome to post on this forum. That includes atheists, agnostics,theists, Martians, or whatever else you call yourself. Just because we have "atheist" in the name of the website, doesn't mean the forum is exclusive to atheists.

#2 We show ZERO TOLERANCE towards threats and threatening behavior aimed at ANY of our members. This behavior will result in your account being banned and depending on the nature of the threats your details being passed to law enforcement. Bullying and harassment fall under this category and will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

#3 SPAM of any kind WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. No three strikes. If you SPAM the forums, your account will be PERMANENTLY DELETED.. If you create an account with the aim to advertise it will be considered as spam and your account will be banned. If you wish to advertise feel free to pay for ad space. In the case of advertising Youtube channels or Group pages we may allow a link in your signature after a grace period of 1 month, with a minimum of 20 posts. This is to show us that you are here to make a contribution to the forum and not here purely for personal gains.

#4
DO NOT post porn or nude images. Don't even post links to them. We have users from all age groups here, including minors so pornographic material will not be tolerated.

Additional. Don't make sock puppet accounts, one account per member is enough.

Should you need assistance, or have an issue you would like to discuss, you can message the
Admin, or one of the Moderators The members of the forum team can be found Here. Alternatively, you can post a message in The forum management section. Where your posts can ONLY be viewed by you and the team (Admin, Moderators and Veteran Users). This will help you in cases where discussion is warranted, but you prefer the discussion to remain private. If you are having problems we have some help topics here.

Official messages from Admin Will be in green.
Official messages from
moderators will be in purple.
And must be taken as official if the coloured words are the same colour as the user name.


Any admin/mod posting a message not in these colours is not speaking officially but just speaking as another member of the forum.

Please feel free to use the suggestions section if you have any comments, complaints or ideas on how to improve this forum, We'll do our best to accommodate. Remember, it's OUR forum. Lets make it work for US.

Thank you for reading this we hope you enjoy your time with us.


Regards.

The forum management team.

(
All rules subject to change without notice or reason.)


The following addition to the rules is a temporary, and experimental amendment. Should the administration feel at any time, and for any reason the experiment should be terminated, they will do so without notice nor explanation. Further, it will be at the administrations discretion to decide whether all, or part of the posts within the experiment shall be deleted.


Stark Raving
Forum Administrator



Addition:
We have recently been discussing the possibility of allowing members to post anonymously if they have a personal issue or any topic they feel they need to talk about in an anonymous matter and would like advice or support with. Currently four members of our management team have volunteered to be confidantes and post on other people's behalf in such situations. Identities will not be disclosed for anyone contacting a confidante who requests anonymity unless there are concerns about the legality of what is being shared.

Should you wish to post something anonymously please PM one of the following; LadyJane, Lilith Pride, aurora, or Hughsie.

Any feedback would also be appreciated, ideas and opinions can be PM'd to Hughsie or posted in the FMT section.
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