Yes, it is time again to remind our audience of the way we do things here at Parchment and Pen. We do have rules of engagement and there is a proper way for people to conduct themselves.
One thing that I want to make sure of is that the conversations here move in a meaningful way. It is very difficult to moderate the question “What is meaningful?” but I will take liberties to do so nonetheless.
What is Meaningful?
1. Not closed minded. If you already know everything, this is probably not the place for you. Hundreds of people together who already know everything yet differ about what they know can quickly detract from meaning. (My wife and I do this all the time.) In other words, if you have an agenda to use the blog comment area as a visible teaching venue to promote your teachings without intending to learn, this is not the place for you.
2. Not self-promoting. We don’t mind you letting others know about how smart you are, but do so sparingly. I will often allow links to other places so long as it does not look like you are stopping by just to tell others about your site or blog. And yes, I will be the judge as to whether this is taking place.
3. Not characterized by mass amounts of cut-and-paste proof-texting. We all love the Bible, but just posting Scriptures one after the other quickly becomes counter-productive and detractive. Use the Scriptures, but understand that even the cults can proof-text.
4. Irenic. Oh, there is that word. Just so there is no confusion, here is what we mean: To be irenic means that you are kind, gentle, respectful, and understanding, accurately representing opposing parties, even when you disagree. As hard as that seems, buffet your tongue (or keyboard) here.
5. Not slanderous. All slanderous content naturally violates #4. You will be quickly and eternally (relatively speaking) banned from the site for slander. Don’t slander the author or others who post here. Besides, slander just shows the weakness of your thinking and does nothing to promote the truth.
6. No Spamming. Spamming is starting multiple posts one after the other. We limit the size of the comments so your comment is cut off when in violation. However, some people think themselves wise to just post another and another and another to make up for the limited space. If you do this, your posts will be deleted without warning.
Please note: You will not get banned for bad theology. Everyone is welcome to be wrong. Hopefully our community will be able to engage the bad theology meaningfully.
For a complete guide to perfect theology consult someone of the post-mortem variety. If none are available, please realize that you are limited in your understanding. If you don’t realize this, please start your own site.
Welcome and may God be glorified in how we conduct ourselves.
For more, see the blog post: “What if God Read Your Posts.”