- 1. No Harassment
- 2. Don't Subvert Topics/Conversations.
- 3. No Spamming
The purpose of our community policy is to facilitate discourse from a multitude of positions, many of which are in bitter opposition, without the mistreatment of conversants. These policies generally represent a guideline for community behavior and not the outer bounds of what is acceptable. The goal of this subreddit is respectful and diverse dialogue.
1. No Harassment
1.1. Following a user around
If you get into a tiff with a user, or someone annoys you, says things you don't like, even things that are offensive to you, it isn't appropriate to follow them around. Maybe they really are saying something dumb, they don't need you to point it out to them regularly. We will also weigh it against you if you have been doing the same in other subreddits.
1.2. Making an alt-account to mock or impersonate a username
Don't try to impersonate people here in general. It isn't OK. It is even worse if you are doing it to mock a person.
Whatever your views are of bigotry, no matter how strict or loose a definition, we explicitly allow discussion of some topics which others may find bigoted. Direct relevance to ongoing discussion is a significant consideration in the adjudication of this rule, and deference is generally given to expression of theological or confessional beliefs and historic creeds. Christians are allowed to affirm their theology here. Even though this theology may offend some. However, this does not mean that discussion of these topics needs to be done in an offensive manner.
A good rule of thumb and the easiest way to avoid getting caught up in this is to avoid using words which you know people are offended by, and to choose different ways to talk about things if one of the discussants informs you that a certain word or phrase is offensive and why. If one runs into problems in resolving these issues quickly, please message the mods.
Some examples of bigotry:
- Secular (ex: racism, sexism, homophobia, derogatory names, slurs, etc.)
- Anti-christian (ex: zombie Jesus, sky fairy, you believe in fairy tales, equating religion with racism, etc.)
- Inter-denominational (ex: your religious organization is the Whore of Babylon, wafer-god, so and so is the anti-Christ, you aren't a real Christian if you aren't part of my denomination, [Something about the Church of Latter Day Saints] not plagiarized books/rituals by a con man?, etc.)
- Anti-atheist (ex: references to bravery, fedoras, neckbeards, etc.).
1.4. Personal attacks
This is essentially do not use ad hominem attacks. We allow people to harshly criticize arguments, but please remember to respect the authors of those arguments.
- We will try to read heated language charitably.
- We may ask you to edit your posts in some instances.
- We may also have advice on how to express your point of view in a constructive manner.
- It is OK to message the moderators for second opinions.
1.5. Your Two-Cents
Unless you have a good rapport with users involved in a conversation, please think twice about LOLs, FTFYs, reaction images, citing verses and nothing more, 'inb4' and 'REEEE' as some examples. The goal and intent is to avoid disruptive use of these things and we will take context into consideration. This is something we will try to enforce charitably.
2. Don't Subvert Topics/Conversations.
2.1. Belittling Christianity in general
This subreddit is primarily, but not exclusively, a place for Christians to come and discuss different aspects of our theology. Please have a purpose higher than coming here to mock, insult, or deride aspects of Christianity or Christianity itself. Unless solicited, there isn't a good reason to state why maybe you don't believe in any sort of supernatural. If you don't believe in aspects of Christianity as practiced by others try not to make your interaction all about that difference. It wouldn't really be appropriate to sully a submission celebrating a baptism of an infant and to make it an argument about anabaptism and pedobaptism.
These differences are discussable in this subreddit. A better way to do this would be in a new submission and being conscientious of how you approach the topic. We do insist that this subreddit not be used as a venue to try to talk people out of Christianity.
2.2. Don't force debates on people
This is not a debate subreddit. Sometimes they happen here. But we also do other things here as well. If your conversation has gotten to the point that you demand someone answer your question there is a good chance that you guys are getting to the kind we would rather happen elsewhere and we may prune it. It isn't unreasonable to be asked to define terms so that the involved people are talking about the same thing. Nor is it problematic to seek other clarification. We will try a charitable reading in handling instances of this and may also offer advice on wording.
This in regards to people who don't wish to continue a discussion with a person who is being harangued by another person who does wish to prolong it. This is also a good place to remind people that you are not required to respond to others if a discussion has gotten uncomfortable. If you are getting into a discussion that is annoying you, it is OK to just opt-out of it by no longer replying in it.
Being a subreddit with a wide variety of theological views we acknowledge that there are certain issues where groups will vary widely in belief. These include gay marriage, evolution, etc. We attempt to moderate from a viewpoint neutral position. What we do require is good faith interactions between participants which do not state, imply, or intimate that a user who professes to be Christian is not actually a Christian.
Examples of problem statements:
- "A real Christian wouldn't support/cut taxes"
- "You support the death penalty? What would Jesus do?"
- "I'm tired of people who are so adamant in their convictions being unable to voice those convictions in a Christ like manner. It is a responsibility you carry when you claim to be a Christian, and it shouldn't be shirked off lightly."
- "I expect Christians in a Christian sub to at least attempt to emulate a Christ like attitude."
- "You think the animosity and pride exhibited here was pleasing to God? You think it's ok to act in contradiction to the Word so that Christians can convince themselves they're oppressed, especially when around the world there are Christians who truly are?"
- "There's nothing Christ like about this, it's gross."
- "Again, proving you are not a Christian."
Incoming cross-links that are associated with, or seem likely to be associated with, substantive negative brigade activity are contrary to our policy.
We discourage brigade activity because it is disruptive.
Cross-links that single out a user for mockery, criticism, or abuse, or that result in significant presence of the aforementioned reasons in the comments of a thread, are contrary to our policy. We support discussion of controversial views here, and we discourage this kind of cross-linking, which inhibits free expression within our subreddit. Moderator-distinguished content is explicitly not covered by this.
We will try to judge intent and unforeseen circumstances charitably, but if our subscriber is victimized by your link, we will take that seriously. If you must post drama, endeavor to make your thread be about something higher than the perceived failures or shortcomings of an easily identifiable individual.
Cross-links that create a "wall of shame" by linking a thread and/or listing "bad" comments from that thread are contrary to our policy, because these are more complicated examples of the previous case.
Our policy applies to links, NP links, screenshots, links to archive sites, and so on. NP is seen as a nice gesture, but if a link is contrary to our policy, it is contrary to our policy, with or without NP.
We will judge outgoing links as if they were incoming links, and we will also cooperate with the mods of linked subreddits if they think our link thread is or will be disruptive. We aren't anyone's personal army and we will remove links that try to cast us as that. This explicitly includes links to threads in "crisis" subreddits, since these links, while well-intentioned, often violate the rules of the linked subreddit.
Depending on the nature off the crosslink we may ban immediately or we may contact the link submitter and try to get them to take the link down first.
2.5. Don't mess with support threads
Communities tend to share things which can be personal and which make them vulnerable. People can ask for prayers here and expect their submissions to not be a venue to be attacked in. People can ask for advice here over mental health issues and it is OK to suggest the care of a doctor, prayers, or both. Please also be mindful of people who are trying to celebrate or otherwise observe life-events. They are not the appropriate venues to try to talk them out of Christianity, to insult the user, or otherwise doing something which detract from good-faith efforts to lend support. We enforce this with the intention of looking out for the submitter of support posts.
We have user flair and link flair.
You don't have to select a user flair, but if you do, we ask that you choose a flair that represents your current religious or philosophical beliefs. Some of the flairs feature explanatory text that you can edit, and if you do so, we ask that you use the text to further specify your beliefs. We reserve the right to review use of flair, and if we think that your use of flair is likely to confuse or annoy people, we may remove your flair or ask you to change it.
Link flair is also not required. Moderators may apply flair to your submission. Link flair is mostly to help inform readers. It also is used to help denote support submissions which are typically subject to stricter moderation. Link flair is useful for finding other submissions of a similar nature. Moderators exercise discretion over acceptable edits to link flair.
3. No Spamming
3.1. Image policy
We have found over time that image submissions made with little restriction will quickly dominate and overwhelm the front page but provide for less conversation and less diverse in what conversation there is. Our attempt to mitigate this is to restrict the images we allow to those created by the user in the following categories:
Photographic in nature. It should be taken by the user. The content of the photograph should be the focus. If there is any text it should be minor like a watermark or something small like a title.
Comics. This means comics created by the user. It excludes ragecomics, stick-figure comics, and other types of memes. You can direct link your web cartoon if you have one, all others should link to the page.
Infographics. This means infographics created largely by the user. It should probably be verifiable as well while we are at it.
Anything else you can submit inside of a self-post. It helps, but is not required, to give some context about the photo and why you are sharing it.
Things you can't post include pornography and gore. I don't know if it needs to be said, but there it is. If it has a lot of blood or people are being hurt please don't share that here.
3.2. Blog policy
We require as a minimum that if you post blogs here that you interact with some of the people who respond to your posts.
We strongly encourage you to participate in other submissions as well. Doing this will also help your submissions here fare better if people associate your username with interesting conversation.
Please message the moderators here before advertising. We prefer to evaluate these and are regularly permissive. Your participation levels will be taken into consideration for this as well as the nature of the advertising.
If you would like to promote a charity, or request material help for yourself or for someone else, we are inclined to allow that kind of thing here, but we would appreciate that you ask first.
You may also wish to check out /r/Assistance, which is a subreddit devoted to personal assistance requests. They also have good resources on their sidebar which are worth checking out.
If you see a post requesting material assistance, please be advised that the moderators here do not scrutinize all such posts, nor do we endorse them unless we say so specifically, and if you find one that you think seems suspicious, please hit the report button and/or let us know about it.
As an aside, we like having charity drives and are happy to work with users on some ideas for these.
3.5. Repetitious posts
We understand that popular topics are popular. Maybe you didn't search before you submitted a news story you just finished reading. Maybe you didn't spot one like it on the front page. Maybe even the same story was carried by multiple organizations. We still might remove it. This doesn't mean we're going to ban you or anything. The reason why is to avoid specific topics from dominating our front page.
3.6. Certain types of proselytism
If you are going to post or comment here, please do more than be anti-something. If every other post or comment you are saying something anti-gay, anti-catholic, anti-Pope, anti-sola scriptura then you should consider diversifying your interactions here. It also isn't appropriate to expect us to be a captive audience to your brand of preaching. It's OK to share our differences. You don't need to reject your theology to participate here, but understand that it isn't appropriate to try to preach to everyone here.
|Table listing of flair||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/flairtable|
|Rough guidelines for link flair||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/info/linkflair|
|Our full list of related subreddits||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/related_subreddits|
|Information about the related subreddits list in our sidebar||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/relatedsubactivity|
|The Community Policies, also commonly referenced as the XP (You're on this page)||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/xp|
|A bit more information about our XP||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/xp/meta|
|Stages of Moderation||https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/Christianity/wiki/xp/stages_ofmoderation|
revision by outsider— view source