Monday, 20 November 2017

Facebook group "Religion Discussion" rules and purpose

#Rules and #purpose.

The primary purpose of this group is to share ideas, discuss and debate issues related to the existence of a deity or deities, the social and psychological implications of religions and personal faiths, and the scientific implications regarding these topics.


Please read these rules before you post in this group. New members are considered probationary for quality control purposes. These rules are elaborate so there won't be much room for confusion. Fear not, for this style of administration has been handed down the Armstrong line for generations.

1. This is an English debate group. Please post/comment in English, and ONLY English. It's ok to post in another language when discussing its interpretation or meaning, however a direct debate or conversation in another language will not be accepted.

2. A meme or a link is not a debate point. If you post a meme or a link without a debate point, don't be surprised if it gets deleted. Accompany your memes or links with at least one sentence worth of argumentation at minimum. This rule may apply in the comments section as well. Members are expected to maintain polite discourse and adhere to basic principles of online debate

3. If you make a regular habit of drive-by preaching by not responding to and/or dancing around rebuttals, don't be surprised if you are removed.

4. No fighting - there is a difference between a debate and a fight. If you feel yourself getting angry, step away from the keyboard for a second. If a thread devolves into a huge fight, the involved comments, and possibly the whole thread, will be removed.

5. Overt insults are not allowed, especially when they are irrelevant to a debate point. If you are slinging insults at someone simply for holding a different opinion, action will be taken. Overt racism and sexism will result in administrative action at the discretion of the admin team.

6. Trolling, or posting solely with intent to upset or offend others, is not allowed. While some people might troll occasionally while also contributing, if your troll levels exceed your quality post levels to an extent that it brings down the quality of the group, action will be taken immediately.

7. Graphic images (pornography or violence) are not allowed. Images of a sexual nature, especially when not related to a serious debate topic, are not allowed. If you're posting an article or source for a debate point, and it happens to contain such images, provide a "NSFW" warning in the post with the link and remove the thumbnail.

8. Admin actions are not to be disputed publicly in the group. If you have an objection to the rules or to admin actions, please private message one of us admins and we will address your concerns.

9. Blocking an Admin or a Moderator is not allowed as this substantially decreases the efficiency with which this group can be run. However, if you message me (Yusuf J Ibrahim) and have valid reasons why you need to block an Admin/Mod (Admin/Mod X killed my sister, etc.), I might make exceptions.

10. Don't worry, admins are instructed to not take admin action in arguments that they are directly involved in. If you are fighting with an admin, another admin will observe things as a third party and take action if necessary.

11. Abusing the report feature on Facebook against others will result in a permanent ban from the group.

12. All posts should be related to the group topic. Off topic posts will result in a warning and the deletion of the post.

13. Spamming in this group is strictly prohibited. This includes advertising services, sites, pages, YouTube channels, other groups, etc. If you are caught spamming here, you will immediately be sent on a vacation.


15. Do not delete or heavily edit a post once you've made it, or switch off commenting. Do not delete comments once other people have replied to the comments.

In this group you will get three (3) warnings. Each specific offense will result in a warning. This means that if you break any individual rule three times, you will be subjected to suspension or removal pending admin decision. The first time you are removed will be a three (3) days suspension, after which you are free to apply for reentry. beyond that, it's admin discretion.

Yusuf J Ibrahim
Adam von Plentl - (Adam Plentl)
Daniel Van Koughnett
Matt Gorman
Zuhdi Ahwal
Brandon L. Williams
Alan Solomon
Trey Simmons


  1. Facebook? Really? Were you not once an expert on computer security?

  2. That was a long, long time ago.

  3. THANK YOU FOR RULE 14. Looking to join.

  4. A post in all caps is shuoting (which isn't polite) and it's more difficult to read.