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Justin Kissel
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« on: October 14, 2011, 12:25:58 PM »

A thread was just (possibly temporarily) moved because it was advertising something. It wasn't spam, but it apparently was in potential violation of a rule. Fair enough. However, I have seen threads in recent times that were clearly advertisements (e.g. for books), but with no moderation involved. What exactly are the rules? If you're a bishop who writes a book, are you allowed to advertise? How about if your parish priest writes one? What if you want to talk about the book you just published, and post an excerpt from it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 12:32:26 PM »

A thread was just (possibly temporarily) moved because it was advertising something. It wasn't spam, but it apparently was in potential violation of a rule. Fair enough. However, I have seen threads in recent times that were clearly advertisements (e.g. for books), but with no moderation involved. What exactly are the rules? If you're a bishop who writes a book, are you allowed to advertise? How about if your parish priest writes one? What if you want to talk about the book you just published, and post an excerpt from it?
Have you PMed Fr. Chris about this? That may be a better approach than starting a thread on Board News where everyone has the chance to post his/her own opinion.

As it stands now, we're currently deliberating over how to clarify the rules vis-a-vis advertising, so you should see an answer to your question soon.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 12:55:43 PM »

Ok, thank you Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 12:59:42 PM »

I would also point out that just this week an ad for a book was removed from public view, but the author of the post was not disciplined. Why? because we had not yet published the issue on the Board Policies section, and so no one should be held accountable for violating something we had not told them about. That is why there was no moderation involved; everything was handled privately...until you decided to make it your business.

If you see a thread that you have questions about, we have instructions in Board Policies that requests you post a report about the problem. We can't catch everything; in fact I spend all my time doing behind-the-scenes stuff and rarely can participate in anything in public view.

This is why we depend on you folks to report a problem if you see one.

However, starting a thread to discuss a moderatorial decision is a direct violation of at least two points:

-discussing moderatorial decisions; and
-seeing a post or issue that needs to be reported.


You may PM me if you wish to discuss this any further. This thread will be locked.
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