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PostSubject: Forum Rules   Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:02 am

the forum's been quieter lately, but perhaps that's a good moment to refresh on the rules, whilst no one is breaking them or arguing about them


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1. This is a privately managed forum. We reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason. Please be aware that it is not a “free speech zone”; no First Amendment rights apply in this setting. First Amendment rights are only implicated where government action attempts to restrict speech, and we are not the government. When you visit this forum it’s the same as entering the living room of someone’s home. If you don’t agree with the house rules and choose not to follow them, you lose the right to participate here.

2. Although many who post here identify as Buddhists, many are not. There is no requirement or expectation that anyone be Buddhist in order to participate, nor adhere to rigid forms of so-called Buddhist behaviour; apart from compliance with posted rules, there is no overlay of doctrinal "preceptual speech" applied to the interaction.

3. Each member may register one username on this forum. If you register more than one username, your accounts will be deactivated permanently.

4. The forums are free of charge. It's all right to mention your own publications or the type of work you do, but please do not post for the purpose of advertising your own or someone else's commercial business. Links to personal blogs are acceptable so long as the linked material doesn't violate any rules here, especially #18 below.

5. Please be aware that this forum is oriented to civil expression. Profanity, obscenities, swear words and other coarse language are not allowed and will be deleted. This includes words where letters are replaced by symbols such as *. Repeat offenders will lose posting privileges.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:17 pm

Hello,
What does "reputation" mean? regards, Lesley
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:16 pm

Hi Lesley,

I should have a better grasp of "reputation", as an admin here, but I have to confess I haven't fully explored how this works. Generally, I know it to be an indicator of how many times others have indicated that they liked a post that the person in question has posted. They communicate "like" or "dislike" by clicking on the button labeled "+" or "-", within a post.

I will research this and try to give a better answer of how it works.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Fri May 06, 2011 8:39 am

Hi Lise, thanks for that information. Now I have another question, what decides whether a person has the +/-sign attached to their posts?
Hoping you are well,are you getting the sunny weather we are enjoying in Buckingham? with gassho, Lesley
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Fri May 06, 2011 3:08 pm

Hi Lesley,

All posted comments have + and - symbols in the upper right hand corner, allowing any registered member of the Forum (who is logged in) to cast a positive or negative vote for the comment. Each member can only cast one vote for each comment posted, after which, the + and - no longer appear. All other members can still cast votes for that comment and will continue to see the symbols.

Since we cannot cast votes for our own comments, we never see the symbols on our own posts!

Beautiful sunny weather here in Northern California today as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Fri May 06, 2011 4:46 pm

Thanks Lesley, for asking that question, I never knew that. And thanks Kozan for explaining, who knows what other details I've been missing:) !

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Sat May 07, 2011 11:54 am

Hi Lesley, and thanks Kozan for providing that very good answer. I've been away for a bit, just got back from a week-long retreat, and am catching up on the forum.

It is kind of fun to rate posts, isn't it? I cast positive votes for good spelling and no potty words Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon May 09, 2011 3:31 am

I read on a touch screen, occasionally cast a +/- vote by accident, and I don't know how to undo them. So I hope they aren't taken to heart by anyone. redface
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon May 09, 2011 11:13 am

Hi Karen

Someone private messaged me a while ago saying that they had accidentally (-) one of my posts. They corrected it by neutralizing it with a (+) the next day. The following day they entered a (+) to give the vote that they had originally intended.

So it seems possible to correct but each corrective action takes a day.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon May 09, 2011 10:31 pm

Hi Howard,

I'm adverse to the idea of rating posts as + or -. I will have to get past this aversion to post. I don't think it encourages people to talk freely.
What do I know about Forums though; maybe it's a common thing?
Maybe I'm old fashioned. It's not up to me whether this is done on this site; I'm a new comer. I thought I'd pipe up and give my opinion on the matter.
Bows, Claire Shocked ps. Don't worry, I won't run away, wilt or anything. The plus minus shoe doesn't fit me though.
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon May 09, 2011 10:39 pm

Hello Everyone,

I'm sorry I broke rule #13. I used an emotican other than a smilie. It was by mistake; I didn't realize it was not allowed. It doesn't matter to me that I can't use other emoticans here. I feel quite neutral about the matter really.
Just thought I'd acknowledge this mistake. Bows, Claire
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon May 09, 2011 11:33 pm

Hi Claire, no worries, it's not a big deal and we actually don't mind adding emoticons that people want to use (as long as they're not too risque and things like that). I'll look for the one you're talking about and see about loading into the emoticon library. We could use a few new ones. Thanks for mentioning this but please don't worry about it.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Tue May 10, 2011 1:04 am

Hey Bellclair


Not to worry, in the 8 months that I've played here I can count on one hand the amount of times anyone has had anything to say about the (+ / -).

It has usually come up when long time contributors who have spent years in studied mindfulness have suddenly seen them and said ooowwww what's this?

I think it's funny that they get listed beside "reputation". The first and last time I paid much attention to reputation was when my older sister publicly submerged my face in a grade school mud puddle after I suggested that she had one.

One person told me they have used the (+) like a bow or a gashho when a posting has helped them, which I thought was a nice approach. It moved it away from judgement, grading or self and just plopped it into a realm of grace. Of course the (-) wasn't mentioned.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Tue May 10, 2011 10:03 pm

Dear Lise,
Goody,I am getting to understand this posting process and yes, Howard, using the (+) as a bow to denote helpful posts seems a good idea. One last question about the mechanics of the forum, what to points relate to and why do they sometimes differ from posts?
It's the middle of the night over here and I fear my sleeplessness is due to overindulgence at suppertime,silly me!
With gassho,Lesley
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Wed May 11, 2011 8:10 am

Thank you Howard, I just gave your response a + Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Wed May 11, 2011 7:03 pm

Thanks Karen
for the trial (+) run.

It is probably obvious to most that this point system only represents the views of those who might be inclined to vote one way or the other.

I felt a little saddened today when I noticed a number of new (-) negatives beside someone's postings. Sensitive flower that I am, while the (+) might be thought of as a gassho I had thought that the (-) probably represents someones rejection of the posts contents or of the poster themselves.

While feel good postings that may reaffirm our belief systems but do little to encourage self examination can often end up with positive (+) votes, many of the most valuable postings for any truth explorers are the uncomfortable ones that push us to question our assumptions and yes, they are also the ones that inevitably attract the negative (-) votes.

Most of us are here because at some time in our OBC past we questioned the status quo and received the (-). Without receiving that (-) in the past, would I have even considered being part of the OBC connect?

This observation has adjusted my view today to consider that the red /negative flags beside the posting that people before me have highlighted are actually signs that say "this posting is worthy of deeper consideration".

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:57 am

Smile giving this a bump, for the benefit of new and old members
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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:23 pm

Hello members, new and old - please refresh on the forum rules when you have a chance.

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PostSubject: Re: Forum Rules   Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:53 pm

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