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Monday, February 23, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions

Well, every blog has to have them. Here are a list of some questions that have been asked from some of our commenting guests which have become 'regulars' so to speak. Just like any other blog, use this list of questions with their corresponding answers as a reference if you had something in mind to ask at first. If your question hasn't been addressed and answered here, then let us in on your brilliance. :D

The site is not about theology? Is the purpose then really just to bring people together and spend their time on little other than debating: "lookit how dumb Loftus is, hahaha?"

This blog is not strictly about theology. Discussions and debate about theology are to be expected and will come up on occassion, but it's not the only type of content you'll find here. It must be kept in mind that the contributors of this blog have differing perspectives and takes on how we choose to criticize John W. Loftus and his various arguments. For instance, JP Holding usually argues Loftus with Biblical commentaries and his misrepresenations of Christianity, while I will examine the cultural aspect and political motives (this usually concerns TWeb and related affairs) behind Loftus' arguments in general. There is no uniform opinion on Loftus' arguments, say that they are crap and need to be chucked into the recycling bin where they belong.

I have yet to see anything but straw men and personal attacks. Nothing serious takes place here that I can see.

Thanks, John! This is becoming a common argument around here and is one of grandiose speculation. I truly believe it's people just reading in between the lines while missing the whole picture. It can be a daunting task trying to seperate criticisms of John's personality from his arguments. That's usually because John's arguments are almost always fueled by some self-serving interest.

The only reason this blog exists is because you have some sort of strange, sexually deviant fixation on John and boy is it creeeeeeeeepy.

Wrongo, buddy ol' pal. It is Loftus who has the obsession. See here and here. Note that in the latter, I point out that we are not claiming to ignore John, but John makes this out to be of some focal importance anyway for his own irrational reasons.

Man, this site is boring.

Blah, blah, blah...blah, blah, blah blah?

How does one become a member of this blog?

Yes, the criteria for earning contributive rights to this blog are allot less strict than the ones you'll find on our counterpart's site. But in case you were interested and this just so happened to be on your mind, there are obviously some factors to take into consideration, like:
  • What specifically you think you have to contribute.
  • This site pulls no punches. If you're troubled by the nature of the "remarks" that are common throughout here, you should consider another online pasttime.
Other than these, shoot me an e-mail and I'll probably just set you up automatically, depending on my mood of the day.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Blog Conduct

Although this was against my initial wishes, the time has come for a "uniform code of conduct". I have said before and I'll say this again, I do not have any intentions of mirroring Debunking Christianity's commenting policies. They are bogus and without merit. Banning someone on the basis of "ignorance" is so ambiguous that it does not apply to any specified context whatsoever. Is someone worthy of being banned because they are ignorant of physics? Or what about theology? John does not say. So to make myself clear, all of the rules of this blog are so on the basis of a person's behavior when posting comments. These rules are based on past experiences which have almost erupted into outright conflict. As is necessary, the rules are here to prevent out-of-control chaos.

Rules are established (in definite terms), in one of two ways if not both:

1) The administrators of the blog see a need to address an issue of importance by adding or refining some technicalities within the guidelines.

2) Proposals from either us (the staff body) or suggestions from guests will be made into voting polls. Whichever gains majority vote becomes the newly instated rule to the guidelines.

General information on this process can be read about in the 'Rules Policy.'

John W. Loftus made a valid point in one of his comments about his blog Debunking Christianity:

It’s my house and...I can surely tell someone to straighten up or ship out of my house.

Because of the two points I've already gone over, this same standard principle applies to this blog as well. At the end of the day, it must be enforced that the rules are the rules. If you wish to comment on this blog, you must abide by them or face the consequences. I would love to respect the right to free speech in all instances, but recent events have stretched this to its limits. There is a point in going too far. These rules can only be violated in extreme and deliberate situations. Aside from this, I do welcome criticism (positive or negative) and disagreement with this blog. That I do not have a problem with at all. So let's go over what these rules are and what you, as a visitor, should do and not do if you wish to post here and let your vocal opinion be known.

Commenting Guidelines

  • Profanity - Readers of Debunking Loftus prefer that commentators try to minimize their profane language when discussing or debating topics, or even just mere bickering. Words such as "ass" and "bitch" are allowed. Other websites demand that all linked-to websites have predominantly family-friendly content. As a guest, please try to be respectful of the boundaries others have with obscenities.
  • Pornography - Debunking Loftus is not an adult website and does not endorse or advertise any adult or sexually explicit content. Any pornography posted in comments will be removed. Repeated instances and attempts at posting pornography will result in total censorship of your future comments. There is also the chance of you being reported to Blogger or to the appropriate legal authorities depending upon the nature of the pornographic material being posted.
  • Disabilities & Handicaps/Impairments - Anyone and everyone posting here should have the good enough sense and decency not to make fun of something people cannot help because of genetic predispositions and or traumatic life events. Comments which are derogatory against the handicapped will be removed and in repeated instances you will be blocked (by whatever means necessary) from posting on this blog permanently. You have been warned.
  • Illegal Activities - Debunking Loftus cannot and will not be held liable for people who make the decision to engage in online activities which violate state and Federal laws. This also applies to the laws of your country or district if you are foreign to the United States.
  • Anonymous Comments - Post your comments using a username or alias. Posting comments by which we cannot identify you gives certain people the opportunity to create serious damage with the necessary resources at their disposal to do so. If you attempt to post without a username, your comment will not be approved. If you do not have a username with the designated properties to post on this blog, you can set up an account for free on
  • Trolling - While freedom of speech is a high priority here, the intent of certain commentators (like Edward T. Babinski) to create conflict and get at people's throat at any opportune moment is not something that will be tolerated here any longer. If you are here to simply be obnoxious and annoying, post elsewhere. More specifically, what will be considered as trolling follows along the same lines by which the term "harassment" is legally defined. Simply put, if you're intent is to make the blog a combat zone, then DO NOT POST HERE. Trolls have a three comment limit before being banned from posting. Thank you.
  • ---- > Trolling (cont.) - Due to the high frequency of comments being directed at pointing out the flaws of Christianity and the hypocricy of Christians, unless this is directly discussed in one of our posts, such comments/references will be deemed troll-like behavior. This has been repeated incessantly to many guests which have a tendency to come and go without spending the care or attention to whether or not these objections and or statements have been addressed. It has already been explicitly stated that this blog is not administered exclusively by Christians (in my case, I am a non-Christian and the primary founder of this blog, JP Holding contributes). It is not unreasonable to create conversations that address the issues as they are presented from our behalf. No more derails of this nature pertaining to religious affiliations and or ranting will be tolerated.
Once more, the rules in place today may not remain exactly the same tommorrow. Rules may be changed based on votes and at the discretion of the Debunking Loftus staff.