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  • gourgovindakatha@yahoogroups.com
    These are the rules that are to be followed by every member of Gour Govinda Katha, and are sent to all members every month as a reminder. 1 - No use of
    Message 1 of 158 , Feb 1, 2004
      These are the rules that are to be followed by every member of Gour Govinda Katha, and are sent to all members every month as a reminder.

      1 - No use of profanity in any form. Please maintain Vaishnava etiquette at all times. A polite and respectful tone is requested of all participants, even when engaged in controversial discussions.

      2 - No personal attacks on other members will be tolerated. Proper Vaishnava etiquette should be observed at all times. Maintain a respectful stance towards all individuals, even when disagreeing with them. Members are also free to disagree politely with each others' ideas, but please do not resort to a tone or remarks which come across as condescending, sarcastic, threatening, or blatantly insulting.

      3 - It is acceptable to discuss one's understanding of the teachings of guru, sadhu, and shastra so long as primary sources are quoted. One need not be correct in his understanding of the above sources to post, and the moderator does not enforce philosophical correctness nor claim to be qualified enough to do so. Nevertheless, one must at least be sincere in his effort to represent the sources which he alludes to, rather than deliberately ignoring what they actually say.

      4 - Sincere, even controversial discussions are acceptable, but stubborn argumentativeness is not. Examples of the latter include, but are not limited to: (4.1) Strawman arguments, or in other words, criticizing an opinion attributed to an opponent even when it is obvious that he/she never wrote such an opinion, (4.2) Evasive arguments, or in other words, deliberately ignoring answers or evidence offered in previous postings and rehashing an argument as if it had never been answered, and (4.3) repeatedly ignoring requests to substantiate opinions with evidence. These kinds of arguments merely lengthen the daily list mailings and waste the time of those who participate.

      5 - When discussing the viewpoints of other parties, please avoid referring to them by name if you cannot quote directly from their writings. If you wish to refer to an opposing party by name, please give explicit references to books, web sites, etc in which the objectionable material which is to be debated can be found. This is meant to discourage hearsay and speculation about individuals, which can lead to Vaishnava aparaadha.

      6 - When replying to a message, please use quoted text sparingly. Replies with excessive amounts of quoted text that do not clearly need to be present will be rejected.

      7 - The subject line of a message must always reflect its content. In particular, list members who reply to the digest form of the list should delete the default subject line (i.e. "Re: Digest # xxx") and replace it with a more appropriate subject line. Postings with "Re: Digest #" in the subject line will not be accepted. This is intended to make it easier for members to search archives by subject line.

      8 - Fanatical behavior is strictly prohibited. This especially includes attempts by list members, whether in public or private, to suppress questions and doubts or in any other way to discourage polite discussion. At no time will any member be made to feel ashamed for politely expressing doubts.

      9 - Postings of a political nature, especially those concerned with the management of specific spiritual organizations, are inappropriate for posting on this list. Under no circumstances is the list to be used to criticize spiritual organizations or their management. It may be that in some cases, there is a fine line between discussing differences in philosophy and discussing politics of different religious institutions. List members are asked to use common sense, and to consult the moderator for help when such matters arise. Members who wish to discuss controversial subjects related to Gour Govinda Swami are urged to visit and join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gourgovindaissues/

      10 - Use of e-mail addresses appearing on Gour Govinda Katha for the purpose of spam-mail or other mailing lists is strictly prohibited, unless the members whose e-mail addresses are used give their permission in advance. Those who violate this rule will be promptly banned from the list.

      11 - Advertisements of all kinds are strictly prohibited from the Gour Govinda Katha list. This includes web sites, classes, and commercial items. The Yahoo!Groups administration appends advertisements to each posting, but this is a consequence of utilizing this free service. It is neither sanctioned nor desired, and it should not be taken as justification for further postings of the same nature.

      12 - All complaints, questions, moderation appeals, and other material not intended for public posting should be submitted to the moderator at:

      gourgovindakatha-owner@yahoogroups.com

      Please note that this is not an invitation for flaming against the moderator. Constructive criticism, polite disagreement/appeals about moderation, or questions/concerns about the rules or appropriateness of questionable postings are welcome. Such concerns should not be posted to the list, and they will be rejected if they are.

      As per the admittance policy, this forum is PRIMARILY meant to serve as a discussion room for devotees. People who are known to be offensive or in any way disruptive will be on a careful watch. Should such a person cause considerable upset, the moderator may have to make a decision regarding that person's status as a group member. As an alternative, a vote may be taken among the members to decide if that person should retain their membership status. The moderator's decision is final.

      Following in the footsteps of dharma, posters will be given THREE chances. On the first occasion of misbehaving, the poster will receive a private warning. The second occasion warrants a public warning, and the third occasion warrants a senior decision to delete an offender's account.

      If the offense is grave and serious, the offender's account may be deleted automatically without consultation with members.

      Please note that Moderator reserves the right to change these rules at any time.

      I hope this outlines things clearly.

      Moderator, Gour Govinda Katha
    • gourgovindakatha@yahoogroups.com
      These are the rules that are to be followed by every member of Gour Govinda Katha, and are sent to all members every month as a reminder. 1 - No use of
      Message 158 of 158 , Aug 31
        These are the rules that are to be followed by every member of Gour Govinda Katha, and are sent to all members every month as a reminder.

        1 - No use of profanity in any form. Please maintain Vaishnava etiquette at all times. A polite and respectful tone is requested of all participants, even when engaged in controversial discussions.

        2 - No personal attacks on other members will be tolerated. Proper Vaishnava etiquette should be observed at all times. Maintain a respectful stance towards all individuals, even when disagreeing with them. Members are also free to disagree politely with each others' ideas, but please do not resort to a tone or remarks which come across as condescending, sarcastic, threatening, or blatantly insulting.

        3 - It is acceptable to discuss one's understanding of the teachings of guru, sadhu, and shastra so long as primary sources are quoted. One need not be correct in his understanding of the above sources to post, and the moderator does not enforce philosophical correctness nor claim to be qualified enough to do so. Nevertheless, one must at least be sincere in his effort to represent the sources which he alludes to, rather than deliberately ignoring what they actually say.

        4 - Sincere, even controversial discussions are acceptable, but stubborn argumentativeness is not. Examples of the latter include, but are not limited to: (4.1) Strawman arguments, or in other words, criticizing an opinion attributed to an opponent even when it is obvious that he/she never wrote such an opinion, (4.2) Evasive arguments, or in other words, deliberately ignoring answers or evidence offered in previous postings and rehashing an argument as if it had never been answered, and (4.3) repeatedly ignoring requests to substantiate opinions with evidence. These kinds of arguments merely lengthen the daily list mailings and waste the time of those who participate.

        5 - When discussing the viewpoints of other parties, please avoid referring to them by name if you cannot quote directly from their writings. If you wish to refer to an opposing party by name, please give explicit references to books, web sites, etc in which the objectionable material which is to be debated can be found. This is meant to discourage hearsay and speculation about individuals, which can lead to Vaishnava aparaadha.

        6 - When replying to a message, please use quoted text sparingly. Replies with excessive amounts of quoted text that do not clearly need to be present will be rejected.

        7 - The subject line of a message must always reflect its content. In particular, list members who reply to the digest form of the list should delete the default subject line (i.e. "Re: Digest # xxx") and replace it with a more appropriate subject line. Postings with "Re: Digest #" in the subject line will not be accepted. This is intended to make it easier for members to search archives by subject line.

        8 - Fanatical behavior is strictly prohibited. This especially includes attempts by list members, whether in public or private, to suppress questions and doubts or in any other way to discourage polite discussion. At no time will any member be made to feel ashamed for politely expressing doubts.

        9 - Postings of a political nature, especially those concerned with the management of specific spiritual organizations, are inappropriate for posting on this list. Under no circumstances is the list to be used to criticize spiritual organizations or their management. It may be that in some cases, there is a fine line between discussing differences in philosophy and discussing politics of different religious institutions. List members are asked to use common sense, and to consult the moderator for help when such matters arise. Members who wish to discuss controversial subjects related to Gour Govinda Swami are urged to visit and join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gourgovindaissues/

        10 - Use of e-mail addresses appearing on Gour Govinda Katha for the purpose of spam-mail or other mailing lists is strictly prohibited, unless the members whose e-mail addresses are used give their permission in advance. Those who violate this rule will be promptly banned from the list.

        11 - Advertisements of all kinds are strictly prohibited from the Gour Govinda Katha list. This includes web sites, classes, and commercial items. The Yahoo!Groups administration appends advertisements to each posting, but this is a consequence of utilizing this free service. It is neither sanctioned nor desired, and it should not be taken as justification for further postings of the same nature.

        12 - All complaints, questions, moderation appeals, and other material not intended for public posting should be submitted to the moderator at:

        gourgovindakatha-owner@yahoogroups.com

        Please note that this is not an invitation for flaming against the moderator. Constructive criticism, polite disagreement/appeals about moderation, or questions/concerns about the rules or appropriateness of questionable postings are welcome. Such concerns should not be posted to the list, and they will be rejected if they are.

        As per the admittance policy, this forum is PRIMARILY meant to serve as a discussion room for devotees. People who are known to be offensive or in any way disruptive will be on a careful watch. Should such a person cause considerable upset, the moderator may have to make a decision regarding that person's status as a group member. As an alternative, a vote may be taken among the members to decide if that person should retain their membership status. The moderator's decision is final.

        Following in the footsteps of dharma, posters will be given THREE chances. On the first occasion of misbehaving, the poster will receive a private warning. The second occasion warrants a public warning, and the third occasion warrants a senior decision to delete an offender's account.

        If the offense is grave and serious, the offender's account may be deleted automatically without consultation with members.

        Please note that Moderator reserves the right to change these rules at any time.

        I hope this outlines things clearly.

        Moderator, Gour Govinda Katha
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