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The Unoffical Religion Board FAQ (Please Read before Posting)

#1ElementMagePosted 12/4/2005 2:25:14 PMmessage detail
The Religion Board.

Mission Statement: To improve our knowledge of other people’s faith while critically analyzing the effects that religion has had on us, our culture, our history, and our world.

1. History and the unofficial boards
2. Vets and trolls
3. What you shouldn’t post
4. What you should post
5. How to avoid making people mad

1. History and the unofficial boards
The long and blood history of discussion of religion on GameFAQs stretches beyond the accounts of most present here. It has gone on almost since this site came into existence. When the site was still young, when people wanted to have a religious discussion, they would create a topic on a social board (most famously on a now Mythic board known as Life, the Universe, and Everything); however, these topics were subject to flames. So a bunch of Christians (of whom very few remain active) took over a dead board named Cotton and made it a place where they could meet. Like I said, the history is long and bloody, but the way things work now is that the major sects have these boards:
Atheist Board (Dark Empire)

Agnostic/Philosophy Board (Mystery)

Buddhist Board (Pool of Radiance)

Christian Debate Board (Cotton)

Christian Social Board (Soldier of Light)

Christian Board (The Upper Room)
Invitation only, for one, go to Soldier of Light.

Catholic Board (Tales of the Cat)

Latter Day Saints (Mormons) Board (After Armageddon)

Jewish Board (J-Thunder)

Muslim Board (Prince of Persia)

Second Muslim Board (Jinn-Genie)

2. Vets and trolls
There are lots of people on this board who have been debating religion since before the creation of the board. This does not make them elitist, even though they may act elitist from time to time; it just means that there is a long and nuanced history beyond the posters on this board.

Just because someone holds a different view then you doesn’t make them a troll. Just because someone has the same view as you doesn’t make them a vet.

And remember, calling people names is a good way to get your account banned.

3. What you shouldn’t post:
Things that you don’t have backing for. Really, doing a bit of research goes a long way towards getting people to take you seriously.
Don’t quote your religious text like it’s the only thing that matters (unless both parties believe that the religious text is correct and in the same way). Take into account whether the person believes in that text or not. If the other party/person doesn't believe in the Bible, for example, quoting the Bible will go nowhere in the argument.
Don’t ever quote sites that are blatantly wrong, for example, unless you’re parodying them (which, of course, should be kept to a minimal anyhow).

#2ElementMage(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2005 2:25:42 PMmessage detail
4. What you should post:
Claims that you have proof for.
Things that you think other people would find interesting.
Your own ideas, so long as you present them as your own ideas and not fact.
Interesting observations you have noticed. And by interesting, we don’t mean “Like the Muslims worship a moon god” because that’s not interesting, that’s a lie and trolling.
Do post quotes from your religious text while explaining why you believe something, provided that you aren’t offering the quotes as complete and total universal truth.

5. How to avoid making people mad:
Be honest. State your opinions, but try not to be a jerk about them.
Use correct spelling and grammar to the best of your ability. If you suck at them, at least make an effort, because honestly, no one likes to read “yea i know it sounds crzy but i think th calthoix are evilz”
Don’t be a troll. Really, it is fun to bait people, especially on matters of religion, and some of us are guilty of doing it from time to time, but if you’re only here to be a jerk, and not to improve your understanding of why other people believe differently then you do, please don’t post.

#3The_Stealth_FoxPosted 12/4/2005 3:17:52 PMmessage detail
Hey ElementMage, Hyena 20 frequents this board right? I heard she archives a lot of posts and debates and stuff, I kind of need to talk to her.

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#4TBF Bri 10Posted 12/4/2005 3:23:51 PMmessage detail
“yea i know it sounds crzy but i think th calthoix are evilz”

lolool, I lik this fac cuz it sayz that calthoix are evilz lol lol. :)

But in all seriousness, I was against this FAQ at first, but now that I read over it, I find it quite useful and valuable. So yeah, as the original idea maker for a FAQ on this board, I support this FAQ. You already petition for it to be stickied/posted in the sticky topic?
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#5ElementMage(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2005 3:55:57 PMmessage detail
Actually, I haven't yet. Thanks for reminding me.

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#6ElementMage(Topic Creator)Posted 12/5/2005 10:52:33 PMmessage detail
Per Crucem ad Coronam- Family Motto
[Papal Crusaders] Follower of the Theotokos
#7Mr_B10nd3Posted 12/5/2005 11:22:25 PMmessage detail
Vets, trolls, who needs 'em?! Go go vetrolls!
Jesus wrote the Bible, then he smacked you for being a smart-ass. ~ jdev
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#8Mr_B10nd3Posted 12/9/2005 1:51:17 AMmessage detail
Hutt hutt!
Jesus wrote the Bible, then he smacked you for being a smart-ass. ~ jdev
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#9ElementMage(Topic Creator)Posted 12/10/2005 9:44:05 PMmessage detail
Arise my work!

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#10The_LeppreKhanPosted 12/10/2005 10:00:25 PMmessage detail
ElementMage, put this on my board...i like these rules, they make sense.

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