These guidelines are not exhaustive, but they’re intended to help understand our approach to user posted content. It all boils down to being polite, courteous, and Christ-like in the way we communicate online. We want this to be a community that encourages everyone to share comments or personal stories without fear of harsh responses.
In our view, a good post or comment:
- stays on-topic; comments should directly relate to the original post or resource.
- is concise and easy to follow.
- is polite and respectful in tone and language, even when you strongly disagree.
- contributes something new and positive to the discussion.
- has clear authorship—that means using your real name.
- is truthful and avoids making or repeating false claims.
- dominating the discussion or repeating yourself.
- arguing back and forth—take it elsewhere or agree to disagree.
- making derogatory remarks and/or personal comments about others, including members of religious groups, ethnicities, etc.
- undermining the church or its ministries. Constructive criticism is welcome.
- posting under false pretenses—including for commercial gain.
- posting primarily to advertise or solicit funds.
If you see a comment or post that you believe does not meet the standards listed here, please flag it for review and decision by one of our moderators. Moderators aren’t perfect, but we try to make the best decisions we can for the good of the whole community. A moderator’s decisions are final and a comment or post may be removed without further explanation. Discussions about why a comment or post was or wasn’t removed will be deemed off topic and removed.
Online comments may be considered for print publication.
If you have questions about these guidelines, don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.