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Forum Rules
1. Respect one another and NO CALLING anyone out! (Colossians 3:14-17)
Treat each other with respect, whether we agree with others' beliefs and stances on certain subjects or not. Hurtful behaviors and words are wrong.

2. Don't Abuse the Name of God (Exodus 20:7 & Ecclesiastes 5:6)
The names or titles of God, including Jesus Christ and the Persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, or Holy Spirit), in any language, are not to be used as expletives or interjections or in an abusive, mocking, or insulting way.

3. Sharing One's faith (1 Timothy 2:13)
Sharing of information about one's beliefs, for instance by quoting Bible verses or witnessing, is encouraged. Honest and respectful discussion on differences regarding the existence and nature of God is allowed. Mockery of members and of each other's beliefs is not allowed. If you are convicted to question a person's salvation, these should ALL be handled via PM, no exceptions! Otherwise creation of a separate thread to discuss the activity from a Biblical standpoint is required.

4. Flaming (Matthew 7:1-5)
You may not flame other members or groups of members. Flaming is defined as the posting of inflammatory or unsubstantiated accusations or the use of rude, hurtful, insulting, or belittling language. Criticism should be directed at posts, not people.

5. Harassment (1 Peter 3:8-9 & Romans 12:16-21)
A member will not harass another member, either in open forums or in private messages. Harassment is defined as repeatedly and intentionally going out of your way to make another member's experience miserable.

6. Thread hijacking and Derailment (Proverbs 17:27-28)
Thread hijacking, off-topic posting, and derailment are strongly discouraged. Thread splitting and/or post deletion will occur where necessary.

7. Defamation, Slander and Misrepresentation (Ephesians 4:25 & 1Timothy 5:13)
Defamation is not allowed. Defamation is an attempt to damage the reputation of a person or persons by slander or libel. A member may not misrepresent themselves to be something they are not, in order to intentionally mislead others.

8. Confidentiality (Proverbs 11:13)
Reasonable confidentiality will be respected by Staff and Members alike. Do not share information which could be considered reasonably confidential without the permission of the party whose confidentiality is at stake. This includes the contents of email, private messages, instant messages, members' real names, addresses, phone numbers.

9. Staff Actions
Staff members are volunteers. If you do not understand why staff actions have been taken, please use the "Appeal" or "Feedback" section for an explanation. Questions or discussions within the forum area are acceptable, but flaming Staff or attacking Staff will be not tolerated.

10. Obscene, Vulgar, Racist, or Sexually Explicit Material (Ephesians 5:3-5)
Members will not post threatening, obscene, racist, sexually explicit, graphically violent or illegal posts or links. Potentially vulgar words or slang terms of sexual euphemisms should be used with the utmost discretion.

11. Age and Gender Limitations
Some sub-forums have age and gender limitations. Members should respect these limitations.

12. Spamming
Spamming will not be tolerated. It is defined as any messages anywhere on this site that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of a website, email address, business, Multi-Level Marketing, pyramid schemes, activity, church, ministry, prophetic services or any other entities or services from which the member will receive any financial or pecuniary gain.

This prohibition includes begging or soliciting donations or financial support (charitable or otherwise, for any reason) anywhere on the site including in e-mails, posts, and PMs.

Links in signatures to personal sites, such as Facebook or MySpace are acceptable. Links in signatures to your favorite site may also be acceptable. Please contact Staff if you have questions concerning this policy.

13. Bypassing Bans
Members will not bypass a suspension or a ban by creating a new account.

14. Copyright Violation (Mark 12:14-17)
Members will not make posts that violate the copyrights of others. In general, this means that any quoted portion of any work must not exceed 20% of the total work.

15. Illegal Activity (Ecclesiastes 8:5)
Posts which encourage, support, or give how-to advice on illegal activity are forbidden. Illegal activity is defined as anything not permitted by federal, state, or territorial law in the United States.

16. Mediation
If you have received two verbal warnings for violating rules with the same member at CG, we strongly recommend a mediation session between you and that member in order to come to an understanding. If you refuse to be mediated, you are asked to either put the other member on your ignore list, or avoid replying to her threads and posts.

17. Goodbye Threads/posts
Posting a "goodbye thread" is not permitted. First, we don't want you to leave. If you have a concern about the forum, please post in the Questions/Comments subforum in Announcements. We want to hear the concern that has brought you to the point of wanting to leave. Second, goodbye threads create unnecessary drama on the forum, and we are trying to create a fun loving, drama free atmosphere here - after all, this is Christ's Garden! If you don't feel your needs can be met here, we ask that you leave quietly and PM whomever you would like to remain in contact with after your departure.

18. Deleting profiles
We do not delete member profiles. If you wish to leave the forum, you can either scramble your password and log out, or you can request a self ban. If you PM a staff member to request a deletion, we will assume you are requesting a self ban. Self bans remain in effect until a member PMs an admin and requests that the self ban be lifted. Self bans do not count as infractions against your account.
Serious Business Forum Specific Rules:

1) This forum is likely going to include many political, religious, or social policy debates which may act as triggers or button-pushers for some people. Please expect that certain topics in this forum may be upsetting to you personally, based on your individual beliefs or personal history, and take a step away from the computer if you find this happening, before you respond to a post.

2) In light of the type of discussions expected in this forum, staff will understand and overlook a certain level of snippiness or sarcasm in the discussions. However, posters need to work hard at addressing the issues, not the people discussing the issues. Do not make comments personal to other posters.

As an example of how to respond to an issue instead of a person, it would be better to say, "I think that viewpoint is naive" than it would be to say, "Wow, you are so naive!" One addresses the viewpoint, the other addresses the person.

As an example of how to not take things personally, it would be better to hear, "I think that viewpoint is naive" as a counter to the point of view you have expressed, rather than to hear it as, "Hey, they just called me naive!"

Titus 3:2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

3) The site's vision and rules must still be upheld, so even while some leeway may be given, there will still be enforcement of overly rude, disrespectful, or over-the-top comments. If you see a post that you feel has crossed the line, please use the Report button on the post instead of retaliating in anger or calling the poster out for her actions.

"Calling out" is the act of pointing to a specific person and saying something bad about that individual. It's like standing in the schoolyard, taunting them to put up their dukes and defend themselves. It's spreading information that can tarnish the reputation of another forum member. It's not nice, and it's very much not in the spirit of Christ's Garden.

The key components of a call-out are: 1) negativity or an insult, and 2) an identifiable person as the target.*

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

Vision Statement - Our Vision is to ensure a safe, nurturing place for women to remove their masks and be accepted where they are. We look to the example of Jesus Christ in order to embrace truth, beauty and goodness by speaking the truth in love, searching for the image of Christ in each other & choosing mercy over justice.
Language Policy:

We have always had the understanding that this site is made up of adult members who should be treated as adults, so we have a fairly lax policy about language on the site. However, we have recently had quite a few reports about language used in some of the posts, and staff needs to set some basic guidelines for members to follow about what is and is not acceptable.

The general guidelines we will follow are that words you would hear on network television at 8:00 p.m. are typically acceptable, except for words or phrases that would be considered degrading, demeaning, or attacking.

For example, using the slang phrases for "illegitimate children" and/or "female dog", even though you might hear these words on network television at 8:00 p.m., will still be unacceptable because they degrade or attack others. Some leeway will be allowed for the kind of usage. For example, "Kiss my [slang word for butt]" would not be allowed because it is attacking, whereas "I hate my big [slang word for butt]" might be given leeway.

It is not acceptable to mask vulgarities with special keyboard symbols or characters, asterisks, or by using sound-alike words (for example, "shizz" would not permitted as a replacement for the s-word).

As with all site rules, staff will consider gray areas on a case-by-case basis.

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