Rules & Guidelines


It is recommended that users periodically review this page, the FAQ, and ToS. They are all subject to change without notice.

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Atheist Nexus Rules v.1.0
Atheist Nexus Guidelines v.1.0

The 10 Rules of Atheist Nexus

Breaking any of these rules is grounds for corrective action by the moderation staff up to and including account suspension and permanent banishment from the site. Offenses will be judged on a case by case basis.

These rules apply to the entire site of Atheist Nexus, and the chatroom(s).

  1. Members must be at least thirteen years of age to join or participate on this site.

  2. Threats of violence against anyone will result in a lifetime ban from Atheist Nexus. For the safety of our members, proper authorities will be notified. Also, Atheist Nexus reserves the right to publish any and all available identifying personal information of violators of this rule.

  3. Harassing other members of the site may result in a ban. Harassment includes (but is not necessarily limited to) the following:
  1. Ad hominem attacks and name calling.
  2. Blatantly bigoted or derogatory statements or remarks about someone’s race, gender, or sexual orientation.
  3. Posting any contents of private conversations without the expressed consent of all people involved.
  4. Disclosing private information about a fellow member without their expressed consent.
  5. Posting inappropriate or private pictures of fellow members without their expressed consent.
  6. Making negative threads targeting fellow members.

  1. Do not post pornography, other adult material, or links to said items. A good rule of thumb is if you would not show it to a thirteen year old, it is not OK to post.

  2. Do not post copyrighted materials. Posts, videos, or pictures found to contain copyrighted materials may be deleted without warning.

  3. Plagiarizing other people's works will result in a deletion of the materials in question and account suspension.

  4. Creating a second account to avoid an account suspension of any length or to circumvent a ban from a group administrator will result in a permanent ban from the site.

  5. Religious proselytizing is an automatic ban.

  6. Do not spam the groups, forums, chat, or other members. Any and all commercial or fraud spam should be reported immediately, using the "report issues" function. The following types of posts may be subject to removal without warning:
  1. Web links with no adequate accompanying description or explanation.
  2. Embedded media with no adequate accompanying description or explanation.
  3. Posts promoting personal websites and projects in inappropriate places. Your own profile is a good place for promoting your endeavors.
  4. Repetitious posts.
  5. Flooding the forums or groups with several posts in a relatively short period of time.

  1. While we have quite a bit of freedom, members are first bound by user ToS (Terms of Service) of Ning. If one of our rules seems to contradict a rule of Ning, theirs trumps ours.

So that’s it. All these rules could be summed up with the words, “do not be a jerk.” When in doubt, use common sense and the Golden Rule.

As not every eventuality can be covered--and as people will invent new ways of being jerks--be aware that these rules are posted here for your convenience but Atheist Nexus reserves the right to delete a post or group and/or ban a person without warning upon its own discretion. If you feel that you have been banned in error, you are welcome to send a message to an Administrator for appeal.

By posting on Atheist Nexus you agree to these terms and acknowledge that anything you post is expressed in the author's view or opinion, and not that of the moderators, administrators or owner; and that Atheist Nexus will not be held liable for anything you post.

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10 Guidelines to make life easier for all

  1. do not post anything you do not the whole world to see on Atheist Nexus or anywhere else on the internet. Pages get indexed by search engines, people snoop around, and people find out things you may not want them to know. To avoid this, be careful what you post. If you live in a situation in which people discovering your atheism might pose a risk to your health and well being, you may wish to use a pseudonym rather than your real name.

  2. All messages are to be posted in a forum category or user group that is relevant to the subject matter of the message.

  3. When posting, please include appropriate tagging to help with search indexing.

  4. Please do not cross-post the same discussion in multiple forums and groups. If this is unavoidable, please provide explanatory details and where follow-up discussions should be directed.

  5. Please utilize available site search tools to ensure threads are not duplicated. As an alternative, Nexus can be searched directly with Google using the syntax – site: your search terms. Repetitions of existing articles may be removed without notice.

  6. Personal blog posts will appear on the Nexus general page. As such they are expected to have some substance and content, and be of at least passing interest to general site readers. If personal blog posts do not satisfy these criteria, please mark them as private.

  7. Always ensure content from external sources used in articles is correctly attributed and cited with functioning links. Reproduction of complete articles is discouraged. Please post only pertinent sections and provide links for the full source. Articles with reproduced material, that do not provide adequate citation, and that may violate copyright law, will be deleted without notice.

  8. Read the FAQ before asking people for help. If you have a question that is not covered by the FAQ, please make a post with your question in the Help Forum and a moderator will assist you as soon as possible.

  9. Do not use profanity in the titles of groups, blogs, forums, or in user names as this may cause Nexus as a whole to be blocked by internet filtering policies in some workplace or school environments. Profanity in general is acceptable as long as it is not gratuitous.

  10. Atheist Nexus is largely a user driven community. It is expected for members to assist each other to ensure these guidelines are implemented and followed to maintain site standards. These guidelines are not intended to stifle communication, but rather to encourage a healthy and respectful culture for all users, and minimize disruptive posting practices.

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