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[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / Cold Weather and the Homeless
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:59:09 am »
It's finally cold here in Texas, or, well, at least in Austin, where I live. I'm sure other places have been chilly before now. However, with the coming of the colder temperatures, I'm always compelled to think of the homeless who live in our city in such great numbers. The winter is the hardest time of the year for them, as they are seldom protected from the inclement weather and the cold nights.

Wherever we are, what shall we do for the homeless around us this winter? There are many options, from assisting a charity to donating to a drive to handing out food, blankets, and coats ourselves where we have the chance. What are your thoughts?

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Helpful Hints: Polite Debate
« on: October 31, 2010, 10:51:22 am »
Em hotep, all.

While many of us are aware of what constitutes polite debate and discussion, it never hurts to have a reminder accessible when we need it. After all, when discussing issues about faith and religion, we can often be very passionate in our defense of our beliefs or our quest for truth. That said, here are a few helpful hints for ensuring those discussions go smoothly and productively.

These tips are not intended to "talk down" to or insult any of you. They are provided, on the contrary, to assist those who might not be as familiar as they would like with the expectations on this forum or who would simply like a reminder.


First, REMEMBER...

1. Not everyone here shares a common background. We originate in different countries, cultures, language communities, and personal experiences, and all of those things have a huge impact on the ways in which we interact. If someone is from a different place or has a different life path, take that into consideration.

2. Not everyone speaks English as a native language. We have a lot of international users, and they do their very best to learn to communicate with us in English. Give our English 2L users your support and assistance.

3. This forum is populated primarily by Kemetic Orthodoxists. Non-KO users do exist, but the majority of users tend to be members of this Temple. This doesn't mean you can't disagree or discuss issues related to the Faith, but it is worth remembering.

4. We are here to learn from one another. In all things, it's good to keep this simple concept in mind.



Next, DO...

1. Treat other people (and their opinions) with respect. Everyone has a right to his or her own perspective, so even if we vehemently disagree with others, it's only fair that we give them the same respect we want to get.

2. Be prepared to explain yourself. If someone disagrees with you, he or she may ask you to clarify or explain your position. This isn't a personal attack in most cases. It's an attempt to get more information in order to better understand your position.

3. Give your sources. Whether your source is your own personal experience, a papyrus you translated yourself, or a volume from the local university library, be ready to give others the location of any information you reference or quote. You might not need to give your audience a bibliography, but it is reasonable to give someone a sense of where your information and perspective are coming from.

4. Agree to disagree. This is primarily a forum for discussing issues, swapping knowledge, and answering questions. As a result, there will be times when others can't be persuaded to accept your point of view. That's all right, and there is no shame or loss of face involved in simply saying, "Well, it seems we don't agree in this case, but I do appreciate your sharing your perspective with me."



However, DON'T...

1. Attack people. Someone might not agree with you. That person's views might even strike you as horribly offensive. However, don't attack that person's honor, integrity, intelligence, or anything else. In almost all cases, you're debating issues, not people. Stick to the facts and stay respectful.

2. Fall victim to logical fallacies. When drawing conclusions, it's important to avoid dangerous leaps in logic that may not turn out to be true. Learn more about logical fallacies here.

3. Make fun of or insult other groups. If you've had a bad experience with another faith group, a political faction, or other type of organization, don't attack them. Simply state your reasons for disagreeing with the group in question. As with personal attacks, maintain the moral high ground and stick to the facts.

4. Report people for disagreeing with you. Reporting a thread or a user to your Friendly Neighborhood Moderator will begin an administrative process that could possibly have grave consequences for those involved. Do not report people simply because they disagree with you or cannot be persuaded to accept your views. Simply agree in that case to disagree.



DO REPORT A USER/THREAD IF...

1. Language has become offensive. This includes profanity, masked profanity, hate speech, and other kinds of attacks.

2. Attacks against people or groups have occurred. This can include attacks on you, your opponent, any other users, and any groups.

3. Spamming has occurred. Spamming is absolutely not permitted. This can include but is not limited to advertising and plugging other sites or communities without contributing to the discussion.

4. Any other serious offense, gross misconduct, or breach of moral conduct has occurred. If it strikes you as quite possibly hateful or wrong, let me know about it.



Finally...

I am always available to answer any questions. Simply send me a Private Message, and I will respond as soon as I am able.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Meet the Moderator
« on: October 28, 2010, 09:48:43 pm »
Em hotep (welcome, in peace) to all.

As your moderator on the "Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses)" Forum, I feel it's best to offer you an introduction to me and my thoughts and expectations regarding our fellowship with each other here. After all, if we're going to abide by standards, it's only fair if we all know them, yes?

To begin, my name is Khesretitui, although I tend to go by Khesret for short. I am a child of Set and Ra-Heruakhety, beloved of Heru-Wer and Yinepu-Wepwawet. I've been a member of the House since 2003, a Shemsu since 2004, and a Shemsu-Ankh since 2006. In addition to Kemetic Orthodoxy, I also practice Shinto.

Professionally speaking, I am a scholar who specializes in studying propaganda and "new" media such as film, comics, and video games. I have a background academically in Japanese language and culture, English literature, and Rhetoric.

This forum, which is our public venue for discussing our many understandings of the Divine, is a very important place. It is where knowledge is made and refreshed through civil and courteous debate, and it is where newcomers first find answers to many of their queries about our gods and goddesses. Indeed, everyone who participates here contributes in his or her own way to that very amazing fellowship, and I am humbled that our Nisut (AUS) has asked me to oversee the discussions here. It is my desire to be of service to you, our community, in this capacity.

That said, I would like to briefly note a few thoughts that come to mind concerning respectful debate.

We are all very passionate about our beliefs, for we hold what we know in our hearts very dear. It is natural to want to defend our positions or to ask others for information regarding views that do not agree with our own.

It is also very natural to engage in vigorous debate and conversation. There is nothing inherently wrong with that -- so long as we maintain respect for one another. No one wins a bitter argument where insults are employed. The moment the first hateful word is posted, we all lose, and that is truly regrettable.

Therefore, as I moderate, I will hold the following ideals in my mind in addition to the Forum Policies listed in the forum menu.

-Does the post advance knowledge, whether for one or for many?
-Are dissenting opinions presented with respect?
-Are all claims made provided with sources inasmuch as this is possible?
-When discussing UPG (Unverified Personal Gnosis) or other personal experience as opposed to academic sources, is this distinction made clear?
-Can people agree to disagree when there is no clear answer?

Generally, if this standard is maintained, all is well, and you will rarely see me assert myself. If I see that a topic has become offensive, hateful, or otherwise disrespectful, I will address those involved according to the severity of the issue. I do not wish to brandish my authority in saying this; I merely want you, my fellow members, to know what procedures are in place.

Please do not be afraid to bring any topics to my attention as you see fit. Simply send me a private message detailing your questions or concerns and I will be happy to assist you.

I look forward to having the opportunity to serve you.

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