Comment Policy

We want you to comment! One of the great joys of the gospel is the fellowship of the saints. But sometimes that devolves in the cyber-universe. We are determined to avoid some of the pitfalls of online discourse, so here is our comment policy.

We’re all grownups. This is a faith-based site. We should probably behave according to basic principles of decency, if not discipleship, and our first assumption is that you came here searching for uplifting conversation.

But, for the record, here are some guidelines:

1. We write and comment to build one another. That doesn’t mean we never challenge ideas, but attitude is everything. “Even a dog can tell the difference between being tripped over and being kicked.” No kicking. Be nice. Like Christlike nice.

2. The point of the discussion is to bring new perspectives and pragmatic applications to principles discussed in the essays. If you have something to add, please do! If you want to comment on the intents or intelligence of the author or other commenters, please don’t! If you stray off-topic, someone may remind you to stick to the discussion at hand.

3. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve either. We don’t need any “he’s breathing my air” reactions. We’re trying to do good things, the best things, but it is just a blog. The foundations of the final dispensation probably don’t rest on what’s said here.

4. We don’t want to ban, moderate, or edit. We want a lively, interesting, useful discussion. However, if you troll, throw rocks, sock puppet, or steal candy from babies, we will ban you without batting an eyelash. The web is a big place with a lot of opportunities for free speech, and it’s safe to say you’ll find another outlet for that.

5. This isn’t an introduction to Mormonism class. We aren’t here to debate the foundational precepts of our faith. We are believing members who are discussing ways to increase our reach, improve our discipleship, and sustain one another. While we may grapple with basic issues, it is in a spirit of faith and belief, not doubt or disputation.

One final reminder:

He that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth(.) Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

So yeah. Use the spirit both ways. We trust that 99% of the time, this will be a self-regulating community of peace. We’re glad you’re here to help that happen.

2 Responses to Comment Policy

  1. Missy Bancroft says:

    I’m so happy and excited about this blog! YEAH! Its funny because I posted on my own about a week or so ago how I was wanting to find a place like this, that I was sad and a bit disappointed with the LDS blog world as I have experienced it thus far. The pretentiousness, the condescending comments, the vicoussness, it’s counterproductive and the opposite of the gospel. It would seem that my prayers were heard and answered and here we are! Glad to be here! Cheers…

  2. MSKeller says:

    I love the openness here, and the sometimes-subtle, sometimes-not nudge to examine our own Real Intent behind what we comment on, post or present. Joseph said, “We teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.” I hope to live in a society of Saints where this is the rule. Thank you for this opportunity.

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