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related thread using the "Reply" dropdown menu.
RESTRICTED (SUBSCRIBER-ONLY) CATEGORIES
Some categories are limited to subscribers only. If you do not have access to a category, you may not post about that topic, even in another category.
Some categories are subsets of other categories, and so they have precedence when
multiple categories may apply. If there is any question which category a post belongs
in, and there are multiple options, put it in the category with the highest level of
precedence that applies. This allows people who want to ignore certain topics to do
so more easily.
The order of precedence is:
For example, if a post is about both politics and religion, it should be in the religion
category, since that is above it in the list. Any post that is about both a non-restricted
category and a restricted category should be posted in the restricted category.
The Miscellaneous News category should only be used for posts about current events, which do not fit anywhere else.
If the current event you're referring to is religious, political, or otherwise belongs in a different category,
you must use that category instead of Miscellaneous News.
Users are free to discuss a wide array of religious topics, including doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All posts on such doctrine must clearly state that they are the opinion of the poster and/or the poster's personal interpretation of what others, including Church leaders, have said.
The owners of CougarBoard are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which also owns Brigham Young University. Because of our strong feelings about the Church, we do not want the resources of CougarBoard used against it. In addition, since many visitors to this site may not be familiar with the Restored Church of Jesus Christ or its doctrine, we feel that this isn't the appropriate place for some otherwise appropriate but potentially controversial discussions regarding church history, leaders, policies, or doctrine. If you have a sincere question regarding a specific doctrine or policy that may not be able to be asked on the main board, please ask the question to your friends only list.
Mocking, undermining, or questioning the leadership or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not allowed, and will result in a board penalty. This includes asking questions or polls that moderators deem leading or rhetorical that will solicit others to mock, undermine or question the leadership or doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Discussing or quoting temple rites or other sacred ordinances, especially in a disrespectful or mocking manner, will result in a board penalty.
Experiences that are deemed by moderators to reflect badly on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or its representatives (missionaries, bishops, stake presidents, etc.) will be removed. We will try to enforce this rule consistently and in good faith, but if the story would leave a reasonable person with a bad impression of the Church or its representatives, it doesn't belong on the Board. For example, mission experiences that portray missionaries in a bad light should be avoided.
Excessive complaining, whining, or other negativity about the Church, or its members or congregations, may result in being removed from the religion category.
When a serious religious or morality question is asked, please do not respond with jokes or other snarky responses. We want people to feel comfortable asking serious questions without being mocked for their beliefs or understanding. Using reactions to mock a serious religious/morality post may also be perceived as mocking someone's beliefs or understanding, and may also be penalized.
In determining the difference between someone involved in an honest discussion and someone with their own agenda, some discretion by the moderators will be required. If you feel that you have been penalized unfairly, please just make a courteous appeal, and be patient with us.
POLITICS / SOCIAL ISSUES
Politics and social issues are contentious subjects for many people and extra care is required in order to maintain a place where people feel free to engage in civil discussion. We've found that the most important factor in ensuring political civility is not making it personal; it's fine to disagree with someone, but when you make the discussion about them instead of the argument that they're making, it tends to go downhill. It's also true that while you and that poster may enjoy such discussion, it has a stifling effect on others who do not want to be part of such discussion.
Discussing politics or social issues of any kind in your post means that it MUST be categorized in the Political Discussion category, unless it is superceded by an also-relevant restricted category (see "CATEGORY PRECEDENCE" above). The following are a list of examples of topics we consider to be political discussion.
- Discussion of government politics, policies, regulations, laws, etc (of any country) -- this includes taxes, elections, etc
- Legality of government actions (e.g. police brutality, etc)
- Mocking politicians
- Racism or sexism
- Foreign affairs
- Media/corporate bias
- Sexual harassment
- References to political ideologies (e.g. "left-leaning", "libs", "alt-right", etc)
- Social justice, protests, and other similar topics
- Use of politicized terms (e.g. "woke", "snowflake", etc)
- Global, national, or local economies (including inflation), and economic policies
Any discussion of government or corporate response to COVID-19 belongs in the COVID-19 Politics category. This includes discussion
of regulations and mandates, as well as complaints about them or advocating for reduction in regulations and/or mandates.
Some categories have what we consider "subcategories". These are
reflected in the category precedence listed above.