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**[FONT=Arial]General Guidelines
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*]Always abide by the forum rules.
*]Civility and a respect for each other should be foremost.
*]Posters are expected to treat each other as equals with equal expectations of each other in terms of research, logic, challenges, and portrayal of Catholic teaching.
*]Questions are a better approach than assertions, unless the latter are framed in a non-confrontational and non-accusatory manner.
*]Don’t answer a question with a question. If you don’t know the answer, say so.
*]Rhetorical questions may be used to introduce a new aspect of inquiry but not to evade challenges or to call into question the intelligence, education, or any other personal qualities of another poster.
*]It is acceptable to question policies and practices
*]It is never acceptable to question the sincerity of an individual’s beliefs
*]It is never acceptable to assume or say you know what another person thinks or needs.
*]If you aren’t going to go into the discussion with the resolution that you could just possibly have your view broadened, you may as well not go into it.
*]Terms of derision, derogatory remarks, baiting, and inflammatory statements are prohibited.
*]Avoid categorizing people by a term which could be considered derogatory (e.g., Nazi or neocon) unless they have embraced that title. In which case, you may qualify them with the term as long as you preface it with the word “avowed.” Posters are asked to use their best judgement when posting articles using such terms. Do not abbreviate terms. [/LIST]Sarcasm, Making Corrections and Jumping Threads
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*]On the use of sarcasm: Use emoticons when possible to convey your intent. A smiley-face or a wink can demonstrate that you are not intending malice. End the post on a positive note, devoid of sarcasm. A pleasant ending can act like sugar helping the medicine go down. Think of sarcasm like salt. Just as you wouldn’t dump a shakerful on your food, don’t dump a load of sarcasm into a post. Use it sparingly.
*]Don’t jump threads. If you get involved in an argument in one thread, it’s considered poor manners to restart the previous argument in the middle of an unrelated thread. Also, if the moderator closes a thread, consider the subject closed and do not begin it anew in another thread.
*]It is easy to stray from the rules in the heat of battle. Try to make corrections gently, with the assumption that no offense was meant. It usually is not. Also, keep in mind that some people are thick-skinned. What seems a vicious attack to you may seem a light-hearted spar to them.[/LIST]Praise
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*]When you agree with a part of what someone said. Tell them. It doesn’t hurt your position to agree with some part of an opposing argument. In fact, it lets others know that you are listening.[/LIST]What to look for in your post before you press submit
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*]And remember: always, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.[/LIST]Guidelines on posting articles to Catholic Answer Forums:
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For both Catholic and non-Catholic posters:
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*]It is never acceptable to question the sincerity of an individual’s beliefs
]Bringing up historical controversies peculiar to a particular religion should be done cautiously [LIST]
*]It is acceptable to discuss the effect the incident had on current policy or practice.
*]It is acceptable to seek the truth vs. commonly-held beliefs or conventional wisdom about actual events.
*]It is fallacious reasoning to use embarrassing incidents to claim that they “prove” a particular religion is false.[/LIST]
*]Expecting members of any Church to defend or answer for the excesses or extremism of bodies that have broken with it is a technique that has no merit and can’t be defended.[/LIST]
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*]Advocating violence or threatening a person or institution
*]Inappropriate language or graphics (crude, obscene, rude, vulgar, or blasphemous)
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*]Blatantly disrespectful characterization of any faith, (“Rome is the Whore of Babylon”, “Nazarenes are Holy-Rollers”, “Jews are Christ-killers”, “Muslims are terrorists”) its tenets, practices, or adherents
*]Proselytizing Catholics or encouraging them to leave the Church
*]Debating moderator action, including discussing, disputing, or speculating as to why a member’s posting privileges were restricted, why posted messages were edited or deleted, or why threads were closed or removed from public fora
*]Posts in circumvention of a restriction, suspension, or ban imposed by staff
*]Solicitation of personal information (e.g., age, income, or location), beyond that freely offered by members through inclusion in their public profiles
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*]E-mail or private correspondence from a third party
*]Discussion of political candidates, including posts that name a candidate, allude to a particular candidate, use euphemisms for a candidate, or refer to surrogates for a particular candidate
*]Rumored “conversions in process” that involve third parties, particularly public figures. Exception: If the possible conversion is itself a news story, that news story may be discussed in the Catholic News sub-forum so long as a link to the news story is provided in the original post
*]Encouraging “swarming” of other forums to engage in debate of anti-Catholic postings there
*]Links to blatantly anti-Catholic sites, except as a valid reference point for discussion
*]Addresses or telephone numbers of individuals, institutions, or commercial enterprises to promote activity that might negatively affect another’s life or business operations
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*]Intentionally deceptive material, including plagiarism (presenting another’s work as one’s own) or text attributable to or quoting others that has been altered
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*]Promoting unapproved apparitions and revelations (those not approved by the Church for private or public devotion) or alleged private locutions
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*]Using “sock puppet” identities to deceive others, promote an agenda, bolster one’s own credibility, filibuster, or engage in debate with oneself in furtherance of a point of view[/LIST]From time to time, it may be necessary to adopt content rules applicable to individual forums because of their particular nature. Members should periodically review the Posting Guidelines of forums in which they regularly participate

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