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Our Rules and Policies

Discussion in 'General Afterlife Discussions' started by RobertaGrimes, May 6, 2012.

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  1. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    Hello everyone! Our community has grown so much that it seems to be time to formally post a summary of our rules and policies. We have had few problems, but we want to avoid any potential misunderstandings. Most of these rule and policies are intended to make AfterlifeForums a safe and welcoming community for all of us. Here is where we begin! Please let us know by private message if you think that anything should be added or changed:

    Respect:
    It is paramount to our community that everyone be treated with kindness and understanding. Members have the right to voice their opinions without fear of disrespect or ridicule. If you feel that you are being disrespected or bullied by a member, please contact an administrator and we will investigate and protect you when needed.

    Obscene Language:
    Because this is a family-friendly forum, cursing and obscene, vulgar, or hateful language has no place here. Please refrain from using such language, both on our forums and when communicating via our private messaging system.

    Images/Videos:
    Members are permitted to post both pictures and videos, so long as they pertain to the afterlife or to spirituality. Please do not post unrelated videos or images. Also, since some of our readers are young, please do not post pictures or videos with a rating higher than PG-13, if applicable.

    Signatures:
    All members have the option of creating a signature to be automatically added at the bottom of their posts. While we do allow users to put links in their signatures, all links must be approved by an administrator prior to posting. Unrelated or commercial links are disallowed.

    Other Links:
    When posting on these forums, please do not link to commercial or irrelevant websites. This rule also applies when sending links in private messages and when posting links on your profile page. If you are unsure about the suitability of a link, please contact an administrator.

    Spamming:
    The posting of content that does not even remotely relate to the afterlife or spirituality is considered to be spamming and is prohibited. Religious spamming, which is defined as attempting to convert forums readers to your religious views through threats or intimidation, also is prohibited. Unauthorized advertising is spam, and it will be removed.

    Multiple Accounts:
    In order to decrease the risk of fraudulent activity, we ask that users create only one member account per person. If you have a reason for creating a second account, please contact an administrator and will we create it for you.

    Complaints:
    We ask that members not question or discuss our administrative decisions or disciplinary actions in the public forums. This is never appropriate! If you have an issue with our actions, please send the appropriate administrator a private message detailing your concerns.

    Administrative Actions:
    Administrative actions, including banning a user or closing or removing a thread or post, are taken seriously by our staff. All such decisions are made with careful thought. Typically, when a member does something that is inappropriate we simply send a warning private message. Further disruptions may lead to disciplinary actions or banning. Note: In cases of fraud or extreme abuse, members can be banned without warning.

    Suicide:
    Nothing posted in these forums can be construed as an invitation to kill yourself! While the afterlife turns out to be wonderful, there is lots of evidence that those who kill themselves might face a horrendous future. If you think you are suicidal, please tell someone: talk with your family members, your spiritual leader, or a Suicide Hotline. Killing yourself would just make your problems worse, since it is impossible for you to die.
     
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