Posted by Tabitha on July 27, 2006, at 1:17:49
In reply to question/comment, posted by cloudydaze on July 26, 2006, at 1:42:27
It's all supposedly spelled out in the FAQ, but I think I can tell you a sure-fire way to avoid getting blocked
1) If you post on politics, don't insult any country or leader that some people may support
2) If you post on faith, don't say one religion is the best & only. Also it's not the place to express doubts about religion in general
3) Don't use curse words. If you're not sure, you could check the online dictionary to see if it's listed as vulgar. The exact dictionary is probably in the FAQ
4) Don't be critical of another poster or their posts. Learn how to state a difference of opinion without making an accusation or a negative judgement. It's pretty much all about learning what's an "I-statement" and what isn't. Talk about yourself and your own reaction more than the other person. If you have to talk about the other person, learn to use a neutral description instead of a judgemental one. For instance it's not "your post is offensive", it's "I felt angry when I read your post about zoloft". And it's not "I get upset by your inconsiderate actions", it's "I get upset when you leave your socks on the floor". See the difference?
5) If someone asks you not to post to them, don't post to them.
and a surefire technique in case you're still confused about the rules
6) Check your intentions-- if you're not feeling supportive toward the topic or person you're talking to, then be very careful. You can always email Dr Bob or a deputy if you're not sure if something is OK.
and it goes without saying (I think)
7) if you get a warning, then back off.