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Generally acting in an unkind manner while teetering on the edge of acceptability concerning guidelines will inevitably lead to the offending member having his/her posting privileges revoked. We strive to have a courteous and respectful community where members can discuss and debate without fear of abusive and unnecessarily rude behavior from other members.
Veiled profanity is unacceptable on Mercy Media Forums. Even masking profanity with other characters, eg. %$#@, will bring swift and decisive reprimand from our moderating team. This is a Christian web community. And we will do everything within our power to maintain this website with those values and ideals in mind. Also, calling out other members on the boards is frowned upon.
Free debate is welcome in our Debates and Apologetics forum. We recognize that diversity of opinion lies at the heart of a good debate. Toward that end everyone is free to have their own opinion so long as it is expressed within the confines of that particular forum, is done so in a civil manner, is within the subject matter topic of the forum and does not otherwise violate forum rules. Restating the same opinion repeatedly (harping on it) in the same thread or in multiple threads; badgering others that have differing opinions than your own; starting multiple threads on the same topic; and generally beating a dead horse is against forum rules.
As you all know, our moderators are volunteers and moderating is no perfect science. They have been instructed to enforce the policy exercising as much restraint as possible and in such a way to encourage free expression of opinion. They are not ordained ministers, trained counselors, or members of the clergy. They are all lay-ministers seeking to effect the body of Christ in a positive way. Your support of their volunteerism is appreciated and calling the Admins and Mods out publicly on the forum is an invitation to be banned. Questions can be made by private message or email. In other words If you have a problem with the way this board is run, or any of the members moderating it, do not post your dissatisfaction or question policy publicly, send an email to the webmaster. We will not tolerate what we consider public undermining.
When posting stories/articles from outside sources, we request that you post a link (place the URL) to the article, like we do in the World News forum. This will ensure that we avoid having any potential problems with copyright infringement.
When re-posting topics or responses from other boards, please give credit to the author and site.
Registering more than one username is generally frowned upon, particularly when using the second to back up your own opinion or other deceptive reasons, or to regain access to the boards when access has been suspended. We do allow for at-work and at-home handles and the use of them for other non-deceptive reasons.
All forum "handles" are reviewed by the moderating team, and must be found to be acceptable for our community.
We frown upon members using tactless and rude references like "stinks", "idiot", "sucks", etc. While constructive criticism is occasionally a very good thing, we ask that you seek a higher level of discourse by at least being respectful and considerate of other people.
Although this MB does not and cannot review every message posted and is not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at this MB reserve the right to delete any message, or remove a members posting privileges for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Mercy Media Forums, and it's agents and admins, Invision Power Board (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message(s).
We at this MB also reserve the right to reveal your identity (or whatever information we know about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by you.
Please note that advertisements , chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are inappropriate on this MB and not allowed.(Unless previously approved by the admin.) Nor are advertisments with links to personal business sites allowed in Signature files or otherwise.
Avatar and Signature Guidelines: It is often tough to know where the line is drawn exactly when it comes to acceptability and we often review them on a case by case basis. We do reserve the right to delete any avatar or sig pic that we deem to be too provocative or otherwise not befitting a G-Rating for general audiences/family orientation.