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New Faith forum and restrictions

I created a new Faith forum, as mentioned in my suggestion some time ago. Not everyone agreed with it, but this forum is created as a test. If it won't work out fine, we can always revert back.

Anyway, there are now two forums. The first is the Philosphy and Religion forum. This one remains the same as before and a heavy discussion is definitely still allowed. However, we will be way more strict about cross-topic and personal posts. A reply should focus on the content of the posts in the same topic solely and not on the person who posted them and not on what was said in different topics or private messages. Anything off-topic isn't allowed either.

The second forum is the Faith forum. This forum is completely new. It is about religious discussion (including atheism). However it is restricted to the opinions/views of the first post of a topic, meaning that no heavy discussions and arguments are allowed. Of course questions, similar views and some remarks are allowed, otherwise there would be no discussion left. So if you post (in a new topic) that you are a devout Christian and believe in the bible, a reply saying that the bible is a fiction book, god doesn't exist and similar things won't be allowed. On the other hand, if someone creates a topic that states that he/she doesn't believe in god, a response that god does exist and you should pray and read the bible, is not allowed.

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One objection I can see would be that if reference cannot be made to other threads then what is to stop a poster maintaining one position in one thread and contradicting that in another?
As an example, if a poster says, in one thread, that they are a historian and therefore have some expertise in this subject, and then in another thread says that they are an engineer and therefore have some relevant expertise in THIS subject, then surely this would be relevant to the discussion - particularly since they are claiming expertise that they probably do not have...???
Bikerman on Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:59 pm
I agree with Bikerman that some cross-topic references need to be allowed to handle situations like that. However, I do agree that straight up ad-hominem attacks should not be allowed and that you should only be able to reference an outside post if it is extremely relevant to the discussion.
Afaceinthematrix on Sat Nov 13, 2010 7:38 am
Yes, I would agree with that. Digging up old posts to score cheap points is not desirable. There are a few circumstances when i think it would be justified, but only when it speaks directly to the point under discussion....
Bikerman on Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:54 pm
Personally i will never post in the faith forum,i go on a few forums where they have appreciation sections (For fans only) i look at the faith section like that,so if your not a fan of a particular faith then i see no real reason to post in there.
truespeed on Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:11 pm
I'm not planning to be a regular poster there myself Smile
Bikerman on Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:33 pm
I'll keep it with these strict rules for the moment. I suggest we re-evaluate them in some time when we see what works and what doesn't work.
Bondings on Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:29 pm
The respect should be the major guideline in the Faith forum, no matter the orientation of first post.
Da Rossa on Sat Nov 20, 2010 5:52 am
@Truespeed - although I respect your position that you don't want to post in the Faith Forum, I wish you could just try it out. I was also against a second Forum but since it was a serious suggestion by the Moderators and by Bondings thought I should at least give it a go. If one looks at that Forum positively, it could turn into an interesting Forum provided that those of different faith could be encouraged to participate as well. I would love to see threads about Buddhism or the Islamic Faith, or atheism, or Hinduism or any of the many other faith systems that are available. Right now there is only one faith that is being discussed, and I already see the contributions tapering off.
deanhills on Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:40 pm
I think it sounds like a fantastic discussion forum. I feel like because of the intimidation and attack tactics used by so many individuals here have probably thwarted many from posting in the philosophy and religion forum. This should be a great place were people hopefully feel comfortable to talk about their beliefs, and not be fearful of being judged and or attacked for them.
coolclay on Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:12 pm
nothing wrong with the idea.
just have to be nice to each other like we would otherwise.
marold on Tue May 24, 2011 6:39 pm
yeah nothing wrong with the idea.. kudos!
dotnetdev on Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:40 pm

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