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Forum Rules

The intent of the forums is to facilitate Catholic community. By enabling members to encounter each other in a group setting, the forums can facilitate friendships, relationships and marriages. The following terms of use are designed to protect the community atmosphere. In several of the points we have included examples of behavior that violate the spirit of the rules. If CatholicMatch administration determines a member to have violated the terms-in either letter or spirit-forum privileges can be removed and the member's account may be removed without refund.

  1. No personal contact information in publicly accessible areas of the site, including forums.
    • This extends to email addresses, skype names, social networking information, instant messenger usernames, and physical locations of yourself and others, etc.
  2. No personal inflammatory comments. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • You may not question a person's Catholicity. You may only question the Catholicity of their ideas, so long as it is backed up with approved Church documentation.
    • Telling someone you will pray for them and doing it in a snide context. If you have prayers to offer, do them in private, and not as a weapon to win an argument.
    • Implying that a disagreement with your position makes a debate opponent hard-hearted or otherwise short of character.
    • Telling those who disagree that they are mentally ill or otherwise unstable.
    • Name calling
  3. Posts that have frivolous titles or subject matter will be deleted. This rule applies to all forum rooms. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Subjects such as "Coke or Pepsi", or "Soup or Salad."
    • The non-grammatical use of non-alphabetical characters in a subject heading
    • One-word subject titles. Titles need to be descriptive of the topic's content.
    • Topics that have no discernible direction
    • Posts made simply to add to a member's post total.
    • Threads sustained because of non-content posts placed simply to "bump" it back to the top.
    • Topics started to "bury" a topic or posts created to lock a topic.
  4. Inflammatory language against the Church.
    • Disagreement with an infallible teaching must be done in a spirit of respect and with a sincere intent to work to a deeper understanding of the Church's teaching.
    • Disagreement on an area where the Church permits open debate must be done with respect and charity. Saying the pope was incorrect in allowing altar girls is an example of charitable disagreement. Saying the pope is a neo-Masonic leftist coward who caves to modernity at every turn is not. Saying the pope should allow for a married priesthood is an example of charitable disagreement. Saying the pope is a misogynistic troglodyte bent on the suppression of women's rights is not.
  5. Harassment of other users privately because of their posts is strictly prohibited and will result in removal of your account.
    • Harassment is when a member goes beyond simply offering their own views in private correspondence and into personal cut-downs. It also applies when a member is asked to refrain from private correspondence, regardless of how benign the original e-mail may have been.
  6. Private messages are private-they are not to be posted or discussed in the forums without mutual agreement from both parties.
  7. Discussion concerning the disciplinary action or decisions by CatholicMatch administration is forbidden.
    • The help ticket system is designed for this. CatholicMatch does not engage public debate on issues of discipline, as our privacy policy often precludes us from revealing pertinent information.
  8. Vulgar, abusive, racist or sexist language. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Using the Lord's name in vain.
    • Using substitute characters (* _, etc.) to veil curse words.
    • Using abreviations of curse words or phrases.
  9. If you post articles from other sites, post only a brief excerpt of the article, followed by a link to the website.
    CLARIFICATION: This is not OUR rule. This is for DMCA Compliance. If the full article is posted, the author/owner of the material can simply request the removal of the topic and we are forced to comply. If you post a full article and it disappears, you have been warned.
  10. No self-promotion. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Promotion of your own business venture(s).
  11. You may not post the same topic more than once or in different forum rooms. Choose the room most relevant to your topic.
  12. Discussions on sexuality must be respectful, non-personal and academic. Topics which are sensational or immodest will be removed.
  13. Other members are not to be discussed in any forum under any circumstances.
  14. Post topics in a relevant forum. If there is not a relevant forum for your topic, post it in St. Peter's Square or St. Vitus, depending on the nature of the subject.
  15. No obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, nudity or links to same.
  16. Intentionally bypassing the text filters in order to make your own posts stand out is not permitted.

CatholicMatch considers the context of a post and a member's past history in making disciplinary decisions. All interpretation in this regard is left strictly to CatholicMatch administration.