Church.org Community Rules & Regulations
We ask that you become very familiar with these Community Rules & Regulations and then participate in our Community in a loving, kind, charitable and accepting way. You will do this by following these rules.
We also ask you to help us keep this Community loving and kind. If you feel that someone’s post goes against the Community Rules & Regulations, please bring that to our attention by sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to deal with all complaints, but we cannot guarantee that we can do so. We reserve the right to take action or not at our complete discretion.
- BLOG POSTING REGULATIONS
A – Absolutely NO Pornographic or Sexual Material.
As a Community of believers, we will not allow any sexually explicit discussions. Sexually explicit content, photos videos and links to such content are likewise prohibited. Immediate suspension from the site will be enforced for any violations of this rule.
B – No Profanity
The use of profanity is strictly prohibited, whether in titles, forums, blog posts, or anywhere else on Church.org. Immediate suspension from the site will be enforced for any violations of this rule.
C – No Abusive Behavior.
You agree, through your use of Church.org, that you will not post or otherwise transmit (including through the Church.org private messaging system) any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, abusive, hateful, harassing, obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, invasive of a person’s privacy, discriminatory or otherwise in violation of any law. ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR INCLUDES POSTING IN ALL CAPS! It is bad netiquette, and is flat out rude.
D – Posting Email Addresses, Websites and Phone Numbers in Forum Threads.
If you want to include your email address, website, or phone number for people to contact you, please put this information in your Signature. Church.org reserves the right to remove any email address, website or phone number that has been placed in our message posts for any improper reason.
In addition, do not disclose any personal information that you do not wish others to know.
E – No Impersonations.
Do not impersonate or attempt to impersonate other forum members, moderators, or administrators. In addition, do not post email addresses, standard addresses, ICQ and other messaging client numbers, or phone numbers which are not your own. The creation or use of fake user accounts is strictly prohibited.
F – You Must Disclose Your Relationship with any Company, Website, or Other Entity that You Comment About.
If you participate in a discussion about a church, denomination, company, website, guru, coaching program, etc., and have any kind of relationship with that entity (e.g. affiliate, partnership, employee, owner), you must disclose this relationship in your post. Church.org reserves the right to publicly or privately ask about your relationship with any company that you comment on, to remove any post which does not disclose such a relationship, and to close your account if you fail to disclose such a relationship.
G – One account per user, please.
Church.org users are limited to one account per person; users may not register or use alternate accounts.
H – Do Not Flame or Troll
Flaming, flame-baiting, and trolling are not allowed anywhere on this site, including in posts, signatures, and private messages. Flaming is directly insulting another member, flame-baiting is making a comment with the intention of getting a flame as a response, and trolling involves starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
I – Remember – All Members are Equals
Treat all Church.org members equally and the way that you would want to be treated, whether they are an admin, a moderator, or an average member. Do not single a member out because they have a low postcount or a low status on the site. In addition, do not personally attack members who violate these rules. Instead, report the member or post to a moderator or admin.
J – Respect the Staff
If a staff member tells you to stop doing something, stop. Never attack the staff directly. If you disagree with any action taken by a staff member, please contact the administrator privately.
K – No Email Harvesting
Harvesting email addresses from our site is strictly prohibited. Do not harvest email addresses from Church.org users.
L – No Private Message SPAM
Users with basic Church.org memberships may only send private messages to their colleagues, but these private messages may not contain advertisements or solicitations.
M – No Poaching
Diverting our members to other forums or websites, including competing religious forums or websites, is strictly forbidden.
N – No Affiliate Marketing
No form of affiliate marketing is allowed on Church.org. That means no posting affiliate links in messages, in your signature, in blog posts, or on your profile. Hiding affiliate links through services that provide short urls is also forbidden.
O – Posting Images in Threads.
Screenshots, photographs, and other images that you want to embed in your post must be no larger than 640 x 480 pixels. Larger images may be deleted, resized, or changed to a link.
P – Stay On-Topic
Posts in a particular forum need to stay on-topic. If you want to talk about something that is drastically removed from the topic of a forum, please create a new topic. Posts that are unrelated to religion must be placed in the off-topic or politics forums.
Q – No Thread Killing
Thread killing disrupts the flow of conversation on Church.org. If you are not happy with a post you made, you may remove it only before others have responded. Do not remove a post once others have responded to it.
R – No Spamming
Spam is strictly prohibited on Church.org. Spamming is characterized by the initiation of threads or posts that contribute nothing to a forum, whether on or off-topic. Examples include: advertisements that are not located in the Marketplace Forums, empty posts, posts with few words that have no relation to the current thread, promotion of your website or product in any thread other than the classifieds, and those posts that state they are Spam, either to annoy or to increase a member’s post count. Posting the same message across several threads is also considered Spam, as is filling your post with keywords with the goal of attracting searchers (keyword stuffing).
S – Off-Limits Ad & Solicitation Types
Posts or messages including chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any kind of Ponzi scheme are not allowed on our site. Promoting or marketing properties that you have no contractual or ownership interest in is also strictly prohibited.
T – No Advertising or Promotions Outside the Marketplace Forum.
There is one area of the website for promotion, solicitation, marketing, and requests: The Church.org Marketplace Forum. Posting advertisements in other forums, in blogs, in comments, or via unsolicited private messages is prohibited. Responding to another user’s advertisement with an advertisement for different products or services is strictly prohibited.
In order to post or respond to a post in the Marketplace Forum, you must first upgrade your membership from a free membership to a Church.org PRO or Church.org PLUS membership.
These rules apply to the Marketplace Threads: The primary purpose of Church.org is to give members a forum to discuss religion and churches and to let others know what is going in their various churches. Advertising is a secondary benefit to members. We limit the number of ads each user may post. A user may start up to 2 new ad threads each day. A member may repeat an ad for a previously advertised product or service as long as at least 5 days have elapsed from the previous posting. Replying to an existing ad just to get it back to the top of the list is considered repeating an ad and can only be done after at least 5 days from a previous update. Replies that address questions or comments from other members are not subject to the 5 day time limit. Note that the limits on repeating ads are based on the product or service being advertised, not the specific text of the ad. Furthermore, Church.org reserves the right to remove ads or to close completely accounts of those users who have incomplete profiles, or who fail to provide enough information to identify the product or service that is being promoted, or for any other reason.
II – MEMBER USER NAMES, SIGNATURES, AVATARS, AND PROFILE INFORMAITON
A – Profile Name
The name you enter for your first and last name MUST be your actual name — pseudonyms or fake names are not allowed. Members may not use website URLs or email addresses as their profile link name, and profile names may not contain references to drugs, sex, or any other inappropriate material.
B – Avatars (Profile Images)
Member avatars exist so our users can share their personalities or photos. Avatars may not be used for promotional purposes. This means no ads and no company logos. In addition, users are strictly prohibited from using the following as an avatar: – Images depicting any person other than yourself – Images you are not authorized to use under copyright law – Sexually explicit images – Unprofessional images – Images that make a political or religious statement
C – Forum Signatures
Church.org PRO and Church.org PLUS members are allowed to append signatures to their forum posts. However, these signatures:
– Must be set up in your profile, and not manually added to your messages
– May not contain any pricing, sales, or product details
– May include two clickable link URLs and/or email
– May not contain links to other forums or competing websites
– May not be rented or sold to anyone.
– May not consist exclusively of capital letters
Signatures that are offensive, insulting, or harmful to either Church.org, its members, or its staff, are strictly prohibited.
Church.org may remove any signature at any time for any reason.
III – LINK MODIFICATION BY ADMINISTRATORS
Church.org administrators may, at their discretion, modify any link contained within our forums. These modified links may contain codes allowing Church.org to profit from referred traffic.
IV – FORUM VOTING
Church.org’s forum voting system was created so members can recognize others who have made valuable contributions to the community. Church.org employs automated voting bans and reserves the right to take any measure it deems necessary to prevent members from artificially inflating their influence or that of other members.
V – USE OF FORUM EMAIL & PRIVATE MESSAGING
Forum administrators reserve the right to periodically scan and review the forum email and private messages database in search of abuse.
Abuse of the forum email or private messaging systems may result in immediate removal from Church.org, and Church.org has the right (but not the obligation) to pursue all available remedies to address such abuse.
VI – OFFICIAL FORUM EMAIL & PRIVATE MESSAGES
VII – REMOVAL OF CONTENT, BANNING, SUSPENSION, TERMINATION
Our forums and blog discussions are semi-moderated, and moderators or administrators may close or delete a thread at any time and for any reason. Once a topic is closed, members are not allowed to start a new thread with the same topic. All questions or remarks regarding closed or deleted threads must be e-mailed privately to the Forum.
It is your responsibility to maintain a current, valid email address in your registration information so that our moderators can contact you in the event of a policy violation, though no such contact by Church.org is required.
If any of your Church.org privileges have been revoked and you have questions about why, or what, if anything, you can do to restore them, please email the forum administrator.
Church.org is a dynamic online community, and Church.org reserves the right to change or alter these rules at any time.
Last Updated: 4/1/16
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