A reminder Please take time to read the Think Atheist Guidlines. ~Admin Team

 

Banable Offenses:
1. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
2. Threats of Violence or Harassment
3. Personal Attacks (name-calling or abusive remarks directed at a person or group of people)
4. Revelation of Other People's Personal Information
5. Proselytizing
6. Spam

*Please report any member that engages in the above activities. We will handle the matter quickly and privately. Remember, you are just as culpable if you return personal attacks, and action may be taken against all offending parties. Think Atheist reserves the right to suspend any member if it is deemed necessary.

If you would like to express a concern, make a complaint, or offer feedback on any matter Report an Issue or Send Feedback. You may also contact a moderatordirectly, or Morgan Matthew, the site founder. Please be discrete: the public forums are not the place to confront members or moderators, and action may be taken against all offending parties. Think Atheist will do its best to resolve all matters fairly.

 

Posting Guidelines:

Please be aware that a moderator may contact you to request that you repost your content in the proper format or appropriate section, or request that you edit your post in order for it to meet guidelines. If your post is deemed inappropriate for Think Atheist, it may be removed. Though we try to preserve your contributions, Think Atheist is not responsible if content is lost. SAVE your content before posting to ensure it will not be lost. 

No part of Think Atheist shall be used to defame, discredit, or berate another member of the site. If you participate in live debate, you must refrain from personal attacks. Find a constructive way to make your point.

BLOGS

  • Must be topical and somehow relate to free-thought/atheism/skepticism/science.
  • May not contain “blind links”. Posts that take the form of "Hey, check this out! [URL]" are not allowed. Either copy and paste the full text of the piece from the link (or at least an excerpt in the case of long pieces) or provide a summary or critique of the piece in your own words, while in either case providing a link for attribution to the source of the piece.
  • Must contain at least a paragraph of content. If you want to make a Twitter-like post, do that on the front page in the activity feed ("What's on your mind?").
  • Must contain citations. If the content in your blog was not authored by you, cite the source from which you retrieved it, and provide a link back to the source if possible.
  • Must contain more than an image. You must at least write a paragraph to accompany an image (not merely a caption). If you do not want to write anything next to the image, you must upload your picture in the images section. You may also create an album.
  • No flooding. Posting multiple blogs in succession clogs the blog feed. Be considerate and allow exposure for other members. If you would like to space your blogs automatically, you can do so here.
  • No soliciting.

Due to the way blogs are formatted, consider the purpose of your post. If it asks a question or leads to debate, you may prefer to post it in the forum section where the format makes discussion easier. If a moderator asks you to repost your blog in the discussion forum, it is because that moderator sees the potential for ongoing discussion. 

DISCUSSIONS

  • Must be topical and somehow relate to free-thought/atheism/skepticism/science.
  • May not contain “blind links”. If you want to link to an article about what you’d like to discuss, write your own summary or thoughts on the matter in your post.
  • No thread hijacking. Stay on topic when you enter a discussion. If you engage in a discussion that leads you to a different subject matter, create a new discussion for that topic. 
  • Provide citations if applicable.
  • Must contain more than an image. You must at least write a paragraph to accompany an image (not merely a caption). If you do not want to write anything next to the image, you must upload your picture in the images section. You may also create an album.
  • No flooding. Posting multiple blogs in succession clogs the discussion feed. Be considerate and allow exposure for other members. If you would like to space your discussions automatically, you can do so here.
  • No soliciting.
  • Select the appropriate Category for your post (located under the text box).
  • Downloadable content must be clearly described. (no "blind Links").

Rule of thumb: if the posts asks a question or for responses, or inspires debate or discussion, it belongs in the forum where the format allows for lengthy discussion (reply threads).

VIDEOS

  • Must be topical and somehow relate to free-thought/atheism/skepticism/science (although you may embed whatever video you like on your profile in your "About Me" or "Why are you here?" sections).
  • If the video is part of a series, only post the first one and YouTube will automatically link to subsequent parts. Duplicate videos (videos that already exist in theVideos section) will be declined. Please search FIRST before submitting a video to make sure it doesn't already exist.
  • No flooding. Posting multiple videos in succession clogs the video feed. Be considerate and allow exposure for other members.

 

GROUPS

  • Must remain active. Extended inactivity (3 months or more) may lead to group deletion. 
  • Must have a topic that lends itself to longevity. A group on the 2012 US Presidential election that's only going to be active for a few months while its active is impractical. Discussions on such topics can be had in existing broader-themed groups (e.g. a political group).

Groups are intended for niche interests that do not necessarily have to do with atheism, and for networking with people who have similar interests or geographic locations. If there is already a group that exists with a similar theme, join that group instead of creating a duplicate (there needn't be several vegetarian groups, or several feminist groups).

IMAGES

  • May not be pornographic.
  • May not contain gratuitous violence.

Think Atheist reserves the right to delete any image if it is deemed inappropriate. 

EVENTS

  • A moderator will notify you if Think Atheist cannot be affiliated with an event you are hosting.
  • Please contact Morgan Matthew if you would like to host an official Think Atheist meet-up in your area.

 

CHAT

  • No flooding. Flooding links to chat will earn up to a 24-hour ban per offense.
  • No soliciting.
  • No Personal Attacks (name-calling or abusive remarks directed at a person or group of people) *BANNABLE OFFENSE*

Think Atheist reserves the right to remove members from chat at any time.

Common Courtesy

  • Out of courtesy, please label any content NSFW (Not Safe for Work) that contains nudity or excessive profanity, or anything else that could be construed as "offensive" while in the workplace or in front of family members.
  • Please tag your blogs and discussions for ease of organization on this ever-growing site.
  • If you're feeling too heated in a discussion, take a moment to calm down before continuing to engage. Moderating your own feelings is much better than having someone else do it (namely, the mod team). As mentioned above, personal attacks, harassment and threats will not be tolerated.

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Comment by Heather Spoonheim on October 23, 2013 at 3:02am

Ok - but I gotta say that from a rhetorical standpoint, sometimes when trying to quickly sum-up another's obfuscated argument, the result could constitute a strawman and I do mean no offense in that, :D

Comment by SteveInCO on October 23, 2013 at 9:22am

I see a couple of these violated a lot.

Comment by Dan on October 23, 2013 at 10:23am

@Bella , They have never Not been enforced. We have 9 volunteer moderators for over 18000 members. Of those 9 Mods there is usually at most only 2 on the site at one time. Real life tends to keep us busy ,as does it for everyone.

@Steve The fact is we simple cannot see all offenses/ read all the posts made daily. We will respond to complaints as they are reported, and take care of issues as they are seen.

We try to let Think Atheist be self governing, and for the most part, it works pretty well. 

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on October 23, 2013 at 11:39am

This morning, in a zone with a speed limit of 55, I saw damn near everybody driving 60 right by a state trooper, who was surely thinking: close enough. One guy went tearing by at 70 and the trooper pounced like Oprah on a baked ham. From what I've seen on TA, the level of enforcement is similar: be a total asshat at your peril.

For my part, I wouldn't dream of reporting most violations. For instance, does it qualify as abuse to say a group of people-- namely atheists-- are devoid of intellect and morality, stir up hatred and fear, and lead and inspire pogroms or genocides? I think it does. But I prefer the self-governing option. If Dr. Bob gets banned, who is left to satirize or debate into a quivering blob of jelly?

From what I've seen, there is no mindless, rigid enforcement of every little rule. The mods step in with repeat offenders, when somebody goes too far, or when somebody asks them to. The rest is a judgement call, and it's the mod's judgement that counts. I think the mods do a fine job with enforcement around here.

The OP is a reminder of how it's supposed to work, not a notice that something has changed.

Comment by Dan on October 23, 2013 at 11:46am

Thank you, Gallup.

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