House Rules / Comment Policy 3

Debate is good. If you’ve got a well-thought-out opinion or observation, fire away.

Make sure to stick to these rules:

• No spam.

• No ad hominem attacks. Ideas are fair game, people aren’t.

• No threats.

• Be pithy, and relevant, and stay on track.

• Be careful with ironic and especially sarcastic statements. People can easily mistake sarcasm for your real opinion. Be mindful of Poe’s Law.

• Cite your sources where appropriate.

• Up to two web links in your comment are OK. You may link back to your own site if relevant, but we don’t like link farming and will delete posts from flagrant self-promoters.

• Your comments are currently not held for approval. Please don’t make us regret that.

• Not every comment or counter-comment requires a tit-for-tat discussion. It’s OK to let shit go.

• You agree to have your IP address logged when you post. We don’t harvest or compile your data and will never share or sell what we may learn about you.

• However, if you post something that’s legally actionable (for instance, a death threat, or a link to a child-porn site), all bets are off, and we may choose to notify the authorities.

• We’ll also have to respond to court subpoenas requesting identifying data; and even if we don’t want to, we may be legally obligated to comply with the request.

• We reserve the right to remove any comment that we consider to be over the line.

• We do not owe you an explanation if we delete your comment.

• Serial offenders will be banned.

• If you send us tips or suggestions and do not want to be credited in the resulting post, if any, please say so upfront. (We’re in the habit of crediting people, but we won’t like you any less if you’d rather remain anonymous.)

• We’ll keep the content of e-mail messages you send to us private, unless it’s clear from the context that you don’t expect us to.

• If you send us e-mail or any other form of communication that contains a threat of violence, or a death threat, we don’t guarantee anything. In that case, we may publish or otherwise share your message (for instance, with law enforcement officials), whether or not you want us to.

• Remember the golden rule.

Please e-mail us if there’s a problem: terryxfirma AT gmail DOT com.

3 thoughts on “House Rules / Comment Policy

  1. Reply michael joseph Feb 21,2015 6:38 pm

    Is this the right place for asking questions ? I am a 54 year old Christian man who has had a few debates with atheists in the past 3 years. I don’t know a great deal but I’m getting better. One question I feel no atheist can really explain or answer is: Creation or evolution – In the beginning (if you believe there was a beginning)how can life come from non-life ? and I disagree with your page about 6 1/2 reasons the Bible is not divinely inspired. And you said you gave up Christianity because of being taught in a church or was it churches? self-hatred. I have never heard of this before, except from you. I am a humble Christian, thank you for reading. Hope to here from you

  2. Reply Laurance Mar 9,2015 3:41 pm

    Asking “Creation or evolution” seems to me to be conflating two different things. I’ve noticed that many Christians don’t realize there’s a difference.

    Evolution is about change over time. It’s not about how life began.

    Scientists are indeed asking about life. What is it anyway? Self-replication is a significant part of life, and if I’m not mistaken, we’re getting closer to seeing how self-replicating molecules develop.

  3. Reply Reginald Wayne Miller Dec 14,2015 9:10 pm

    You made a report on Cathedral Bible College and Reginald Wayne Miller. In August of 2014 a representative of Homeland Security apologized for the raid and the charges of forced labor and abuse and these charges were dismissed. In return Mr. Miller plead guilty two 2 charges of checking English on an I-20 visa when in fact the papers provided by the student were false as to their knowledge of English but he took the responsibility of them coming without a college level English knowledge, 2 charges of students who worked 26 hours instead of 20 and agreed to pay any back minimum wages the gov’t declared he owed. The gov’t made no declaration but the college agreed to pay $75,000. IN return to his plea the gov’t insisted he be sentenced as a first time misdemeanor. He was given one year of probation with monitoring and some community service. PLEASE remove your article of false charges. Also, he has no record of any prior criminal charges because they were DISMISSED and he attended a program in order to have it expunged. IT WAS DISMISSED, he never plead guilty. Please correct or remove your article.

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