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  • #16
    I think baiting people to try and get them all upset is just as bad as spewing hate. Just sayin'.
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    • #17
      I hang out in the Unbelievable? Facebook group, although I'm considering giving it up as a waste of time. It's the Facebook group for a popular British radio show where theists and atheists debate. One of the things I've been thinking about is how some (not all) of the Christians on there blatantly troll. Sockpuppetry, making outrageous statements once one is getting the worse of an argument, making lewd jokes, and the like. While I recognize that converting the hardened atheists on there is going to be unlikely, I have to wonder about the ethics of some of this. On the other hand, Jesus did make statements that riled people up. Is there a line between trolling and wise discourse? Where is that line?
      "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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      • #18
        Originally posted by KingsGambit View Post
        I hang out in the Unbelievable? Facebook group, although I'm considering giving it up as a waste of time. It's the Facebook group for a popular British radio show where theists and atheists debate. While I recognize that converting the hardened atheists on there is going to be unlikely, I have to wonder about the ethics of some of this. On the other hand, Jesus did make statements that riled people up. Is there a line between trolling and wise discourse? Where is that line?
        Ummm....I'm pretty Sure St. James addressed the idea of taming the tongue. So participation in this
        Originally posted by KingsGambit
        how some (not all) of the Christians on there blatantly troll. Sockpuppetry, making outrageous statements once one is getting the worse of an argument, making lewd jokes, and the like.
        Is covered in James 1:26 and James 3. What comes out of our mouths should be pure.
        A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
        George Bernard Shaw

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        • #19
          Is there a line between trolling and wise discourse? Where is that line?
          Case by case basis, though I can't think of any context where a lot of the things you listed can be permissable.

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          • #20
            Trolling is making outrageous claims that you don't believe yourself just to get reactions (any reaction) so you can sit back and laugh at all the "rubes" and how you are messing with them.

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            • #21
              I'm a member of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. I also have a group for Christian men who are married, about to get married, or planning on marrying to help us learn how to be godly husbands. Lately, I've been causing some of my own chaos on Peter Boghossian's Facebook page.

              I do use my real name in many places because having my own show and my own ministry now, I need to put myself out there.

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              • #22
                uh...
                "It's evolution; every time you invent something fool-proof, the world invents a better fool."
                -Unknown

                "Preach the gospel, and if necessary use words." - Most likely St.Francis


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                • #23
                  Paging the doctor. . . .
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                  • #24
                    Lately it seems my posts are offensive to my fellow Christian so I have been not posting much to Facebook... Actually all my church friends on my Facebook list don't even like or comment on my posts unless I find something taboo like a funny dancing woman (too scandalous). That's the only part of social media I hate.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
                      I'm gonna modify Catholicity's list for myself since it makes a good template

                      1) I spew hate messages and I participate in them. I highly recommend that everyone find a web site with no manners, decorum or the least bit of humanity in its membership. It's highly cathartic.
                      2) I don't gossip
                      3) I TRY really hard not to say something I'll regret later. Emphasis on try.
                      4) I don't say something or do something an employer could use against me
                      5) I don't do anything illegal
                      6) I friended a ton of people for facebook games. I'd sooner friend a stranger than someone I know in real life.
                      Curious as to which site number #1 gives you the experience for...
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                      • #26
                        Today, William Lane Craig's ministry posted on Facebook a video responding to celebrity atheist Stephen Fry critiquing religion and saying that if God existed, he would be a maniac. The first comment was somebody quoting Romans 1:26-27 and saying "God feels the same way, homo!" Given that Craig is viewed by a number of people with religious uncertainty... I thought that was a very poor decision by whoever posted it. Also, predictably, the comments are heading straight toward an argument over whether you should call people "homo" rather than actually discussing the video.
                        "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                        • #27
                          (Craig's page ended up deleting that comment, by the way.)
                          "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
                            I'm gonna modify Catholicity's list for myself since it makes a good template

                            1) I spew hate messages and I participate in them. I highly recommend that everyone find a web site with no manners, decorum or the least bit of humanity in its membership. It's highly cathartic.
                            2) I don't gossip
                            3) I TRY really hard not to say something I'll regret later. Emphasis on try.
                            4) I don't say something or do something an employer could use against me
                            5) I don't do anything illegal
                            6) I friended a ton of people for facebook games. I'd sooner friend a stranger than someone I know in real life.
                            And yours makes a decent template for me.

                            For Facebook:

                            1) I spew (what some would regard as) hate messages, and participate in vigorous discussions thereof. I have an eclectic group of "Friends" of various religious, social, and political viewpoints. I post things without regard to whether anyone will be offended, partly with the intent of letting everyone get to know aspects of "me" they may never have encountered. I make free use of profanity on my own page. I do not use profanity on pages of people I know are offended by it. I do not use it in discussions in which such people are participating. In discussions where it is already in use, I stop using after such people join the conversation.

                            2) I don't gossip.

                            3) I give virtually no thought to whether or not I might eventually "regret" saying something. I never apologize for anything unless I am genuinely convinced I said something "wrong," and convincing me of that is no easy task. However, when it happens, apologies are copious and sincere.

                            4) I don't care about potential employers for myself. I do make a small effort not to say anything that could adversely affect that aspect of someone else's life.

                            5) I don't *knowingly* do or say anything illegal. The absurd superabundance of laws makes it impossible to make the claim in any unqualified way.

                            6) I never play Facebook games, and I have come close to Unfriending repeated sources of Game Requests.

                            7) I am on Facebook under my real name. On most "discussion sites," I at least try to register as NorrinRadd or Norrin Radd. (Not every Norrin Radd is me; I have noticed a few others.)

                            General Facebook usage -- I love it for having enabled me to reconnect with people I'd lost touch with decades ago. Besides that, in high school I was fairly shy, not to mention unsaved, and I've interacted with several of my classmates more on Facebook than I ever did in person in the whole time I knew them in school. I'm single, don't get out much, and my cat is a poor conversationalist, so unfortunately most of my socialization is via Facebook.

                            Elsewhere -- I do or did belong to several "Christian" sites in addition to Tweb, including CARM, Christian Forums, and the FFF. The "policy" that governs my "conduct" is the rule-set of each site. I follow them as I understand them. Usually, it eventually turns out that TPTB find that my understanding does not mesh with theirs, at which time I leave.
                            Geislerminian Antinomian Kenotic Charispneumaticostal Gender Mutualist-Egalitarian.

                            Beige Nationalist.

                            "Everybody is somebody's heretic."

                            Social Justice is usually the opposite of actual justice.

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                            • #29
                              • Be careful what you post. Employers are Googling more and more these days.
                              • Don't post too much of the same thing, whether that be your political views, your budding romance, your cute kid, whatever. People who excessively post anything (especially politics) get unfollowed or unfriended by me, whatever is more appropriate. (I do expect that there will be a lot of posts about life events--weddings, new babies, graduations, deaths, etc. Those are fine.)
                              • Speaking of romance, be minimal about new relationships. I think it's a bad idea to announce that you're "in a relationship" unless it's been going on for a couple of months and seems solid. There are no hard and fast rules here, I just hate it when friends drag me through the drama of their flash-in-the-pan relationships.
                              • It's okay to announce a divorce or serious break-up, but "minimal" is the key. Your friends do not want to hear a 3-page missive on all of the horrible stuff your SO did leading to the divorce. And put some time between announcing a break-up and a new relationship.
                              • Do not create groups and add people to them just to sell a product, whether that be your Jamberry or your Mary Kay or your It Works! or whatever.
                              • Never, ever post about your kid's bodily fluids. No one wants to hear about that.
                              • Don't post anything that can be used legally against you. Don't post about lawsuits except for the barest details of their existence.
                              • I know you're excited about your pregnancy, but the old convention about not announcing it until the second trimester is kind of a good idea. And for crying out loud, don't post the pee stick.

                              I use Facebook for life updates, family pictures, and (very occasionally) online articles or blog posts that interest me. Twitter is a better medium for regularly sharing what you're reading around the Web.

                              I share my blog posts on both.
                              "It seems to me that these women were the head (κεφάλαιον) of the church which was at Philippi." ~ John Chrysostom, Homilies on Philippians 13

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                              • #30
                                My Social Media Conduct? That's easy.

                                1. I have a minimal social media presence

                                2. I rarely post anything on the sites on which I have an account, which spares me the trouble of figuring out how I should conduct myself.

                                ~Formerly known as Chrawnus~

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