Rules and Policies 2020 These rule and policies are intended to make AfterlifeForums, 'ALF', a safe and welcoming community for us all. They should be read in conjunction with 'Your Registration Agreement'. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with them. Religion and Politics No conversations mentioning specific religions, faiths or beliefs etc. are allowed. No conversations mentioning specific politics, politicians, policies etc. are allowed. Respect Everyone should be treated with respect even if you disagree with their ideas. Members have the right to voice opinions without fear of disrespect or ridicule. If you feel that is not happening please contact an administrator for investigation and action when needed. Unacceptable Language Swearing, cursing, obscene, vulgar, or hateful language will not be tolerated anywhere including the private mailing system. Images/Videos Members are permitted to post both pictures and videos, so long as they pertain to the afterlife or to spirituality. Videos or images must not have a rating higher than PG-13 as this is a family-friendly website. Signatures Members have the option of creating a signature to be automatically added at the bottom of their posts. Links in them must be approved by an administrator prior to posting. Unrelated or commercial links are not allowed. If you are unsure about the suitability of a link please contact an administrator. Links Links to irrelevant, commercial or private websites will be removed. If they are judged to be spamming, a member's account may be closed without warning. Unrequested links (or any other unrequested material) must not be sent in private messages. Links must not be displayed on your profile page. If you wish to post a link please contact a website administrator. Spamming The posting of content that does not relate to the afterlife or relevant spirituality is considered spamming and content will be removed. Religious spamming, defined as attempting to convert forums readers to your religious views through threats or intimidation, is prohibited and content will be removed. Unauthorized advertising is spam and content will be removed. Contact email addresses that appear to be businesses are not acceptable when applying for an account. Business addresses posted later anywhere on this site will be removed and members may be warned; their account may be closed without further warning if there is any recurrence. Multiple Accounts A member is not allowed more than one account. The membership of anyone suspected of opening additional accounts will be suspended, that member will be notified and she/he will need to contact an administrator to explain. Complaints Please do not question or discuss administrative issues in the public forums. This is never appropriate! If you have an issue with our actions please contact an administrator using private messaging. Administrative Actions Administrative actions, including banning a member, closing or removing a thread or post is a serious matter. All such decisions are made only after careful consideration. A private warning message may be all that's needed but further disruption may lead to disciplinary actions or banning. In cases of fraud or extreme abuse members may be banned without warning. Suicide Nothing posted in these forums should be construed as a reason to end your life! Although we understand the afterlife to be wonderful it is taught that those there who had taken their own lives, expecting to escape their problems, greatly regretted doing so. Ending one's own life is a short-term fix with unexpected ramifications. If you feel helpless, under pressure or suicidal please seek support and help from a mental health specialist, a general practitioner or a hospital emergency room. Or take a look in ALF's resource area to find organisations who have trained counsellors you can speak to. http://afterlifeforums.com/resources/ Changes to, and clarification or updates of, these general rules may be made at any time by the ALF administrative team.