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Rule No. 1 - No "Flaming"

1) You will not post any messages that harass, insult, belittle, threaten or flame another member or guest. This will include misquoting another member out of context. You may discuss another member's beliefs but there will be no personal attacks on the member himself or herself. This includes implied accusations that another member is not a Christian.

Rule No. 2 - No "Trolling"

2) You will not post anything that disrupts the peace and harmony of this forum. This will include any new user with less than 50 posts starting a "discretional" topic - i.e. a topic not suitable for children. This will also include posts that put down Christianity in general or any posts considered as blasphemy by staff (this is a CHRISTIAN FORUMS site), or posts that put down another Christian group or denomination. This will include members entering inaccurate personal details in their profile in order to gain access to restricted forums.

Rule No. 3 - No "Spamming"

3) You will not post any messages anywhere on this site that are primarily for the promotion or advertising of any website, email address, business, MLM, activity, church, ministry or other entities that you have an affiliation with (ie. no self-promotion). You will not cross-post the same message in multiple forums. You will not make useless posts to spam your post count. You will not post your email anywhere on this site - people can email you via the site by clicking on the email button - this way your email address remains private. You will not mass-PM or mass-email multiple members of this site the same message. You will not request, beg or solicit donations or financial support (charitable or otherwise, for any reason) anywhere on the site including in e-mails, posts, and PMs.


Rule No. 4 - No "Offensive" or "Illegal" Posts, Links or Images

4) You will not post or PM any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, blasphemous, satanic or otherwise violative of any local or international laws, or anything that encourages drug use or relates to gambling. This includes links in your signature, profile, bookmarks as well as posted images, photos and avatars. This includes the posting of copyright material (for example, pirated software or music). Avatars, fake email addresses or usernames that are blatantly offensive will result in an automatic ban. Sexual harrassment, stalking and other related behavior at CCN will result in an automatic ban. Staff will ultimately decide if something is appropriate or not.

Rule No. 5 - No Promotion of Other Religions

5) You will not post any messages, links, images or photos that promote a religion or belief other than mainstream Christianity (according to Rule 6; atheism is considered a "belief" for the purposes of this rule). This would include no promotion of "Christian" cults or other doctrines considered heretical (according to Rule 6). Debate of these doctrines are fine, as long as the beliefs are not actively promoted. This is a Christian forum as the name suggest. If you cannot abide with this, please do not use our site.

Rule No. 6 - No Public Posts about Specific Moderator Actions

6) You will not post questions or comments about the specific actions of a moderator in a public forum (eg. editing a post, deleting a thread, banning a member), as this remains a private matter between the member and the staff involved. However, members may PM or email a moderator at anytime. General questions about staff and feedback about moderators are allowed, just not specific questions about a particular moderator action. All decisions to edit, move or delete a post or thread are based on this set of rules listed here.

Official Warning -> Suspension -> Banning Protocol

This is the official Christian Forums staff protocol to the warning, suspension (or temporary banning) and banning of members. These rules apply to all members, Christian and non-Christian, and includes staff themselves.

The Protocol:

1. First rule broken is usually given an unofficial warning as a PM. This can be given by any staff, and is not counted towards the official warning total of a member.

2. 3 warnings over a span of 6 months, a 2 week suspension is mandated.

3. 3 warnings over a span of 3 to 4 months, a 3 week suspension is mandated.

4. 3 warnings over a span of 1 to 2 months, a 4 week suspension is mandated.

5. 3 warnings over a span of a week, a permanent normal ban is mandated.

6. 7 warnings over a span of a year, a permanent normal ban is mandated.

7. Obvious trolling (if posting abuse or offensive images, offensive username/ avatar/ email address), immediate permanent emergency ban is mandated. This can be performed by any staff.

8. Official warnings can be given out by any staff. The staff member should PM the member to let the member know, then make a post in the Staff Forums so that other staff can discuss the decision. Senior Staff can overturn a warning.

9. Members who feel that they have been unfairly given a warning may appeal the warning by contacting the Senior Staff Team Leader of the Staff Team that the moderator involved belongs to. If the staff is a Senior Administrator, members can appeal to Adam.

10. Warnings will expire after one year.

11. Permanently normal banned members may be unbanned after one year.

It is hoped that the above protocol will ensure that members are treated fairly and given the best chance to remain as members before any action is required. Thank you for your cooperation.

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