We value your thoughtful comments. However, we do reserve the right to edit comments for length and readability. (Long, rambling comments, in particular, are subject to editing.)
Length of comments:
- Comments need to be long enough to say something significiant. If you just want to say that you agree or that you like a post, or comment, please use the “Like” button and do not leave a comment.1
- Comments should also be as brief and succinct as possible. The comment form is not an invitation to submit essays that rival the original post in length. We reserve the right to edit lengthy comments as we deem suitable.
- If lengthy comments are posted at all, they may be posted much later than normal-length comments because our moderators do not have time to deal with such comments in a timely manner.
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Please keep in mind that this blog is administered by volunteers who lead otherwise busy lives. So please don’t make things too difficult for us. We are grateful for the many people who comment thoughtfully and helpfully. May their tribe increase!
We are in no way associated with the Sabbath School Department of the General Conference. We only publish the Sabbath School lessons online by permission.
In order to preserve a positive discussion environment on our blog, all comments are moderated. That means, it may take a while for your comment to be published, depending on the time available for one of our moderators.
We reserve the right to publish or not publish any or all comments, and we reserve the right to edit comments, particularly lengthy ones, to serve the purposes of our blog. See Our Philosophy, for instance. While we sometimes send courtesy notes to new posters who do not fully comply with your Guide Lines, we do not have the time to send notifications to posters who frequently post such comments.
Posting according to the guide lines below will ensure that others will find your contribution worth reading:
- Please use your real first and last names. Using your real name adds credibility to your comments. (If you have good reasons not to use your full name, please tell us what they are, and we will do our best to work something out.)
- Valid email addresses are required in the comment form. If we cannot reach you at the email address you provide, your comments may be deleted.
- You can attach an image to your email address at Gravatar.com, and that image will appear every time you comment. It makes our dialog a bit more personal. 🙂
- No email addresses are allowed within comments. This is for your protection.
- Please use sentence case. DO NOT WRITE IN ALL CAPITALS, even for emphasis. (Posts written in all capitals are hard to read and may be deleted.)
- All comments are expected to show Christian love and respect for other members of the list. Any post deemed to be unduly argumentative, caustic, or otherwise opposed to a spirit of friendly inquiry will be returned to the sender for revision. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable.
- Since this is a Seventh-day Adventist list, comments that, in our view, appear to attack the Seventh-day Adventist church and/or its teachings may not be published. In particular, we do not wish to provide a platform for persons advocating beliefs contrary to Seventh-day Adventist fundamental beliefs. At the same time our policy leaves room for thoughtful and courteous posts of constructive analysis of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines and/or policies pertaining to the Sabbath School. Honest questions are always welcome.
- Please avoid making absolute statements that imply that you have divine insight into a situation. Instead, preface your points with, “It seems to me,” As I see it,” “As I understand it ..” That sort of thing. Peter counsels us thus: “… all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility.” (1 Peter 5:5 KJV) Since others cannot hear our voice or see our body language, this humility needs to be demonstrated in the words we use.
- Sharing of your personal experience is always welcome. (This does not, however, give license to violate points 1-3.)
- Please comment on the subject of the entry. Give reasons for your agreement or disagreement with the entry. Off-topic comments may not be posted. We reserve the right to edit out off-topic portions of otherwise acceptable comments.
- Please discuss ideas, not people or a group of people. Comments should not judge the value or salvation status of any person or groups of persons − either positively or negatively, since only God knows what is in the heart. (That also means that personal exhortations on what another contributor ought or ought not to do are inappropriate on this forum.)
- Please read the whole post before commenting. Sometimes your concern may be addressed within the post itself. Also make an effort to read previous comments. Otherwise you may make a points which have already been dealt with earlier.
- Use of other authors: In a discussion, please state your argument in your own words, and let the argument stand or fall on its own merits, based on Scripture, rather than presenting someone else’s words as authority. And that includes the writings of Ellen White. (It’s fine to reference Ellen White and other authors. Just don’t present quotations as final authority, and when you do use quotations, please document them properly.)
- You may link to other web sites, but if the website is out of harmony with our philosophy statement, the whole comment will be disallowed. (Note that the inclusion of a link may delay the publication of your comment for a day or longer.)
- Public comments on our moderation or what people should or should not say in our forum [meta comments] are not allowed. Contact us privately, if you have something to say on that topic.
- We do not write or edit the Sabbath School lesson quarterly. Please go to the Adult Bible Study Guide site and use their Contact Form if you want to say something to the editors.
- Once your comment is published, it will stay public for a while, but we may delete some comments on older posts. For instance, it’s nice to get a warm pat on the back for a post, but if it doesn’t add any content, we may not keep it in the archives, giving preference to comments with real content — whether negative or positive.
If you have suggestions to make regarding these guide lines, please use our contact form.
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