Post Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:15 am

Edited March 18 08 The Three Rules of the Ex-Scn Kids Forums

These forums are meant to foster honest discussion about growing up in Scientology. We also aim to create a safe space for kids (or anyone, really) still in Scientology to ask questions of people who understand them. Everyone who comes here in the spirit of good faith is welcome.

Edit: If you just want a quick understanding of how you should be conducting yourself on this forum, remember this: this board is a lot of things to a lot of people. But mostly, it's a support group. Repeat: THIS IS A SUPPORT GROUP. Act like it.

There are only three rules on this forum. The rules are simple:

1) Do not post topics relating to confidential OT3 materials in any forum except the Confidential Materials forum. That doesn't mean you can't use the X-word, or mention anything about OT3 in other forums - often, this can't be avoided. But no quoting from OT3, or discussing OT3 in-depth in any other forum, please.

We do this so that Scientology kids can still participate in these forums without "ruining their case". Yeah, ok, it may be a futile gesture, but it is an earnest gesture nonetheless.

2) No personal insults or attacks on members of our community. If you have a problem with someone, PM them directly. If you have a problem with the moderators or admins, or the way the board is run, PM them directly.

Similarly, there will be NO character assassinations of Scientology critics on this board. Scientology does this enough as it is.

Everyone has a past. So do you. We're not interested in admining a bunch of "the pot calling the kettle black" debates.

3) Don't be a douchebag. Also, don't be a douchebag.

You're welcome to express your own opinions, however negative or positive, pro or con. The topic of growing up in Scientology is a very emotional one for most people, and we expect there will be a little flaming here and there. Don't overdo it. If you're overdoing it, you're being a douchebag.

If you're harassing people on the forums with the intent to cause disruption or anger, you're being a douchebag.

If you're posting personal insults, or preaching at people, or being nasty and reactionary because you disagree, you're being a douchebag.

If you're verbally attacking Scientology kids that come here with honest questions, you're being a douchebag.

If you're a Scientology kid, and you're telling people that their negative experiences "never happened" because you don't think it's possible, you're being a douchebag.

If you're here for no other purpose than to accuse anti-Scientologists of being big huge "criminals" because they disagree with you, you're a douchebag.

If you're here to attempt to incite violence against anyone, Scientologists or non-Scientologists, you're a douchebag.

If you're posting copyrighted materials on these forums (exceptions made for Fair Use), you're an extra douchebag, because when you do that, you leave us open to the possibility of being shut down for legal reasons.

If you're disrespectful to the moderators, who really hate having to deal with rudeness, you're being a douchebag.

If you're going all-out with the psycho-trolling, you're being a douchebag.

Douchebags will be banned.

A note on trolling:
There several other Scientology-related forums that put up with severe trolling in the interests of free speech. While we're all about free speech here, these forums are meant to be a safer space to talk, with minimal harassment. That doesn't mean you have to be all nicey-nicey all the time, but anyone posting a slew of flames, nonsensical links, spam, or frequent insults will be banned. If you feel the need to babble insanity at someone, go to another forum. It won't be tolerated here.

People who break these rules a manner that is obviously malicious and calculated will be banned without prior notice. If we're not sure of your intentions, we'll give you a few warnings first.

Right then. To the post-mobile, Batman!