This thread is dedicated to forum-pertinent posts.
1) Take time to at least skim the forum policies. Most of the people who run into trouble with the moderators simply have not done this.
2) Remember your audience. Ideally, you are talking to the posters, not to an invisible audience of critics or supporters. You will not gain points by engaging in a war with the people kind enough to engage in a conversation with you.
3) Ignore rude people. Just ignore them. Don't read what they write. Ignore them. Ignore them. Ignore them. You do not have to read anything you do not want to read. So ignore them. I know it's hard, but ignore them.
4) Save your work. If you write something particularly powerful, or are writing a long post, it is a VERY good idea to save it. I save the crucial stuff in Microsoft Word, and label it according to subject matter. I learned this lesson after losing hours of work, several times.
5) Experiment. Your account settings have a variety of options. Turn them on, and see what you like.
6) When you join a group, make a deliberate decision to check your "Subscription." People get flooded with emails by default, and can get quite irate about it. Turning off your subscription settings will prevent posts being delivered to your email address.
7) Give people room. You will probably hear or encounter the unexpected in these forums. Don't be alarmed, or at least, don't overreact. If you are really emotional, avoid posting until you've had time to 1) cool down and 2) reflect on the situation. I learned this lesson the hard way, too.
8) Maintain your life. Even Christian-oriented discussion forums can become an obsession. I know. Remember to attend to your family, maintain your relationships, and do things in the real world. On that note, I'm going to bed.
9) Oh, and keep your posting headings short. Or at least clear. Or at least polite. No one wants to read an essay in your post title. And post titles are not good places to name your opponent and his or her error. That's often essentially a declaration of war, because you're calling that person out publically.
10) Lastly--if you plan on posting more than once or twice, read the forum policy. Seriously. It's just common sense, right? So read it.
Justin Staller - Moderator
Search the scriptures--for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
They are they which testify of me--and ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.