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Forum Rules - Please read before posting

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:42 am America/Denver
by Cynthia
Discussion boards by their very nature are subjective and disputes can and will arise constantly about petty and major disagreement. Our rules are very basic. We intend this to be a representative Christian board and our only major rule is the Golden Rule.The guidelines below can and should be considered in this context. While implementation of our rules will undoubtedly be questioned, we will hold fast to that as our guide.

Disagreement, frustration, and even anger are legitimate emotions, hate is NOT. If you want to do Junior High, there are other sites that will meet your needs better than this one

We will not censor members for expressing an opinion or view within the limits of these Rules of Conduct. We will censor disruptive behavior. To maintain a welcoming and safe community, and be sure that everyone feels free to speak, we cannot permit behavior that disrupts conversations and community of our members. 3atalk has the right, but not the obligation, to remove or move any member-generated content for any reason, without notice.

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Forum Rules & Policy -- Modification

Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:17 am America/Denver
by Cynthia
3atalk Forum Admin forum policy change

Originally posted: March 22, 2010
Modified: December 07, 2010

3ABN's defenders have always maintained:

1. That the allegations which have been made against Tommy Shelton have nothing to do with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, or Conference, nor does Tommy Shelton, or any "alleged" victim. None are members of the Adventist Church and no incidents were alleged to have occurred within the organizations properties or jurisdiction.

2. That the allegations against Tommy are not related to 3ABN, even though Pickle, Joy, and crew have made Danny Shelton and 3ABN the subject of libelous attacks due to them.

3. That the allegations against Tommy were not the basis for the lawsuit filed against Pickle and Joy. The complaint 3ABN filed against them and all of 3ABNs filings in court prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt, despite Pickle and Joy's baseless and false claims to the contrary.

Not wanting to confuse readers anymore than 3ABN's accusers already had, we previously did not allow discussion in the 3ABN open discussion forum regarding Tommy Shelton.

Due to the Virginia case, we modified that decision in March of 2010, saying, "Discussion is going to be allowed for now with the understanding that it will be VERY closely monitored."

As of December 07, 2010, a handful of threads have been merged together into ONE Topic. From now on all discussion regarding Tommy, Alex, Dennis, related court cases, their lawyers, Clem, Pickle, Dryden or anything else related to those things will have to be contained within one thread. That thread is here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=312&start=0&sid=97a ... 561fe3e8e2

Any posts or threads, or mention of these issues outside that topic will be removed. --The only exception to this rule is the court documents filed previously in the Massachusetts lawsuit, where Pickle and joy kept trying to add the allegations against Tommy to the case, the court documents from Joy and Pickles Appeal of the dismissal of the Lawsuit against them, and any discussion related to that.--

With that in mind, any member participating in the disccusions needs to choose their words wisely, and be conscious of "How" they express themselves, in addition to "what" they say, and "where" they say it.
. Members can express their opinions, and post what they believe or think, and why, but need to make that distinction. Libelous comments and defamation per se will be immediately deleted. IOW: Be cautious of what you are calling the truth or who or what you are making absolute statements about.