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    Posted: Oct-04-2005 at 4:20pm
JfH Message Board VISION:

The goal of these forums is to provide a community for Christians to fellowship and learn from each other -- to grow in they're relationship with Jesus together. If this requires for some topics have to be "no conversation" because it inevitably leads to discord, then we will not talk about it here (please see the list below). As this forum grows and changes, and as those who run this ministry grow and change, we will always try to put Jesus first and the Biblical principles we feel called to stand up for. We would appreciate everyone who contributes here to respect this.  (2/15/05)


These Forums are here to serve a purpose, however, they are not the main focus of The community that's been built around the entire JfH site since 1996 is what helps make the site what it is -- not these forums. Again, these forums are first and foremost intended to bring Christians together to fellowship and help each other.

Given that is a ministry with a central focus on the "Christian music" industry, music is this forum's central topic. These forums are not here to serve as a means to flex egos, political opinions, theological discussions, or express your thoughts on a unique and new interpretation of Scripture. Some users tend to lose focus on what this site and what these boards are all about.

Jesus comes first in "" We strongly feel God has given us this role in this ministry. These boards are run by imperfect people who have been saved by the Grace of God. It's not an excuse for error on our part; the Hideout is merely run by normal, everyday people, who, just like everyone else, fall short of God's glory. But through God's grace, we hope we can get past it, and in the end, shine for Jesus and at least reach a few and help a few along the way. If a user of these forums cannot respect that, then that user should find a forum that doesn't care. But the unchanging fact is that we do care and we only want each user of this site and forum to respect this.

Please remember to conduct all communication with these users -- on and off the forums -- with the utmost respect and Christ-like behavior. The following rules below are rules that have been added and changed over the past couple years to help maintain some structure and order to the forums. They will change from time to time, but please respect them and stick to them. Please take some time to read through all of them.

Thank you!
-- The Staff

                   **JfH Message Board Rules and Guidelines** 

 ~~All members - PLEASE read all the "pinned" topics at the very top of each individual message board from time to time, and if you are just joining us.~~

***Keep Christ First!  The Message Board isn't your typical online forum. We're a Christian-based forum with an aim for bringing Christians together to help each other to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Please keep conversations Christ-like, respectable, and clean. Although not everyone thinks or feels the same way about everything, members who consistently post negative, disrespectful, or mean comments will have their posts removed and may be asked to leave the message boards. Please do not post here if you cannot respect this.

***� Banning A User.  We will only ban a user when we feel it absolutely necessary. From time to time, users break these rules and depending on the offense, we'll give them a second chance (but not always). We will not announce the banning of a user on our forums. It is our policy to do it quietly and discreetly. We don't believe in making a spectacle of a banning. The JfH MB users do not see all that we see go on on these forums and it is not everyone's business to know what is going on when a user is banned. We will not, however, engage in an argument or dispute regarding the banning. Sometimes (but not always), we will send an email to the user telling them they are banned and will leave it at that. Please respect this process or refrain from posting. If anyone has a problem with this, they may feel free to email the Forum Administrator regarding it.

Post in the right forum.  Even though we try and move threads as much as possible, you may have your post deleted if you post in the wrong forum.
Use a Descriptive Topic Subject.  This will help others find what they want to read. Topics with bad Topic subjects may be edited or deleted.
Research your Post! Make sure you are not double posting and please use the Search function first. Most topics or questions have been discussed many times before.
Stay On Topic.  Please only post in a thread if you want to participate with the topic on hand or if you feel like you can add to the discussion. Please also refrain from one-word posts and short answers or emoticons that don't really add to the discussion; comments of this nature will be deleted because they only serve to bump the thread to the first page.  They're also annoying to your fellow members. 
No Selling.  Posts promoting eBay items, personal item selling, concert tickets, or any kind of trading of goods will not be allowed. No advertising of any kind, for any reason is permitted.
No Personal Attacks. Criticize ideas, not people. Flaming will not be tolerated. This includes any material which is vulgar, defamatory, inaccurate, harassing, hateful, threatening, invading of others' privacy, sexually oriented, or violates any laws. Please be respectful. No sarcastic, mean-spirited, or nasty posts, please. It's just not funny to those who are in the line of fire.
� No gossip or negative posts.  This is a Christian board and although things do happen in the world that are negative or upsetting, we don't particularly need to discuss them here.  Let's leave issues alone that would be better suited to CNN.
 No nitpicking about people's grammar or spelling. Please be polite and just pass it by, OK? And please don't use a font size larger than size 2 - it's just obnoxious.
No pornographic, sexually offensive, sexually explicit, or objectifying material.  This includes suggestive images, graphics, and comments.
No links to warez. Warez sites or sites with pornographic or objectionable content. Only link to sites that are for family viewing only.
Respect your privacy and the privacy of others.  Do not post phone numbers, addresses, real full names, name of your school, or even the city you live in on these boards. Please be safe and cautious when posting anything on the Internet. Sadly, not everyone's intentions are honorable and we want you to be as safe as possible.
Each forum member may have only one account.  If you have forgotten your password, please email a forum moderator and let them know - we can re-set your password and you do not have to make a new user name or handle.  If you wish to change your user name, please e-mail a moderator from the same account you registered with and identify yourself, your old screen name and password, and the new name you wish to have, and then please wait for further instructions. We prefer, however, that each user stick with the user name they originally sign up with. Discovering that a user has been masquerading on the boards under more than one screen name is grounds for being expelled from the forums.

No Offensive User Names.  If you have registered with a user name that is deemed ungodly or offensive, a moderator will suspend that account and ask you to register for a new name.
Do Not Use Objectionable Language.  This is a Christian forum; please set an example for others. We do not approve of profanity in any form and it won't be tolerated, nor may you use objectionable language in your posts if the words are "disguised" in order to get past our cursebot censor. It doesn't matter to us what your thoughts are on the acceptability of "cussing" or "profanity," we don't want it here.
NO Blatant Advertising. This forum is not free advertising space. Posts containing advertising of any kind will be closed or deleted completely; this includes advertising or promoting your new website, your band, upcoming festivals or concerts, or something else that you are involved in.  Also, no artist "street team" advertising or invitations, please.  
NO Spamming. No commercial posts or flooding the forum with useless content. Please do not reply to every thread on the first page - it is considered spamming. We realize that sometimes, people are excited to be here and they respond to many threads in a short period of time. However, if you do this your posts WILL be deleted.
Message Content. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages. We reserve the right to edit or delete any messages when we feel it necessary. Please do not come complaining to us or complain on the forum if a message of yours has been deleted.   Contrary to what some people may think, the moderators do have a tough job and it really helps when members respect our Guidelines.
No "Bumping." Please do not post an irrelevant post or a message that has the sole purpose of "bumping" the topic back to the top of the forum. Do not bump your own thread.
No "Chit-Chat." Please keep the random chit-chat and chat-room-like banter to a minimum. It is okay for some from time to time, but please keep it within reasonable limits so the main topic of conversation is not lost and the threads are not bogged down by pointless posting.  The JfH forum is mainly for discussions, not simple chat-room style conversing.
We reserve the right to prune forums and delete old threads. This WILL result in your post count decreasing. If your post count drops incredibly due to pruning, then it's probable that most of the posts lost were achieved through chit-chatting on the forums, which is not permitted. We value quality in our forum conversation. We will not be able to restore your post count to its last count unfortunately.
No Cap Locks. Please do not post messages with the subject or post all in capital letters, or your message will be deleted. Words all in capitals are not only annoying and are considered "shouting" on the Internet, but are read 50% slower than normal writing.
No Political Discussions. is a Christian music website with a focus on ministry, not a platform for discussing political agendas. Please refrain from any political discussion and jokes of any kind.
No faith agendas contrary to the Word of God. We firmly believe in The Bible as the irrefutable Word of God. If your faith contradicts Scripture, we ask you to please keep your beliefs from being posted on the JfH forum. This a Christian community, not an open forum. If you are of a different faith, agnostic, or an atheist, you may participate on the boards, but please do not post in Christian-based spiritual discussions.
~Additionally, if you post a new thread on a topic that is contrary to the Word of God, or posted for what we feel is a trolling, controversial, provocative, or inflammatory reason, we will close your thread or delete it entirely without further explanation.~
No"trolling" policy. Occasionally, someone will register at our message boards for the sole purpose of "trolling" - this means deliberately baiting, antagonizing, or arguing with our members, or posting offensive or derogatory comments in an effort to provoke a response (any response). We ask that you not reply to these comments in any way; a moderator will remove them as soon as possible and may take further action as deemed necessary and appropriate. We apologize in advance, as this website seems to be a favorite target of some people who take pleasure in trolling our message boards. In a spirit of Christian love, we lift them up in prayer and ask that God would reveal Himself to them, and that they would soon know the joy and peace of having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"OFF LIMITS" TOPICS.  There are several topics that are off-limits on the board for discussion.  The reasons for this are because these topics are either contrary to the Word of God, and/or have only ever turned into arguments that never see a resolution, and only spark strife. We just do not what this kind of discord here.  Although we think they are relevant topics to discuss, people have abused them in the past so in an attempt to keep peace, we no longer can allow it. If you have a genuine question about one of the subjects, please email a moderator about it and we will answer you personally. (Please keep in mind that we are not ordained ministers or authorities on every church denomination and their theologies. We highly encourage you to contact your pastor or minister to answer any questions you may have related to the church or a denomination.) We do reserve the right to add topics to this list at any given time if we feel users cannot discuss them in a civil and respectful manner, or are contrary to the Word of God. Some of these topics are pretty basic and quite broad.  ***As such, we reserve the right to close and delete any threads even remotely related to these topics.  Members are not permitted to even "discuss" discussing these topics. Please do not complain or dispute our decision. You are voluntarily posting on the JfH MB and are agreeing to these guidelines and rules when you do so.***

Please, if you're not sure if your post will conflict with a rule or one of the off-limit topics, EMAIL Karen M.  FIRST.

Topics that are off limits at this time include
                                            � Homosexuality/Bisexuality/Bicurious
                                            � Catholic vs. Protestant Discussions
                                            � Cussing/Swearing/Profanity
                                            � Abortion
                                            � Politics (including jokes, and politicians)
                                            � Inappropriate Sexual Content - moderator's
                                            � Euthanasia/Death Penalty/Murder
                                            � Suicide
**Avatar Images**
� You are allowed to post any avatar image as long as it is NOT vulgar or distasteful (we reserve the right to decide if it is or isn't).
Avatars must NOT exceed 10 kb (10,000 bytes)  in size. Not all users at the JfH Forums are using high speed internet. Pages with a lot of posts can slow the load time down, so large avatars and multiple users displaying them can greatly eat up a dial up user's page load time.  If your avatar exceeds this size, or it says the size is "Not Available", it will be removed.

**Member Signatures**
� Signatures will be no longer than 10 lines
� Signatures may NOT contain images of any sort.
� Signatures may contain a link to your personal site or sites that may be of use to other members, but no blatant advertising please! Links to family sites only, please. If you wouldn't want your pastor or your parents to see it, it doesn't belong in your signature here.
� Signatures are expected to follow the same guidelines as posts.

If anyone is found breaking any of the rules mentioned above, the user may have their account suspended or deleted immediately. At times we will warn an individual, but we do not require a warning before a ban.  We reserve the right to add to or take away from the list at any time, as well as to terminate any thread we choose at a time of our choosing.  If you have a problem with the way the board is being moderated, please email us personally instead of posting a topic in the forum.


***One last thing.... we don't expect these message boards to meet everyone's needs.  That's not why we are here. We are servant hearts, walking in obedience to the Lord, and volunteering our time and energy because we love Jesus and we wanted to have a cool corner of cyberspace where we could hang for a while. We hope JfH will be only one of your many favorite bookmarks. You may not appreciate all the rules here, and that's totally fine... our experience tells us we need to have them here, and so we certainly understand that some members may want to move along. Also, from time to time, we tell people it would be better for them to move along. God bless you.***
Thanks for understanding.  If you have a question or a concern about any of this, please use the Staff Contact form on the "Staff" page to e-mail Karen M., our Forum Administrator (link found at the bottom of any page - scroll down). Any and all mail concerning the message boards should be directed toward Karen M. E-mails sent to John will be forwarded to Karen anyway, so just write to her first. Thanks.

Thank you & God bless!
                --JfH Moderators


John of JfH
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