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Unread postPosted: May 23rd, 2008, 7:43 pm 
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Hey! You have reached the Unofficial website for the Circle forum!
The Circle forum is a Christian website, based off of author Ted Dekker's novels
in the Circle Series. Here, you will find great conversations about faith, relationships, have great chats, and make lots of friends!

Simply sign up to join! We are always happy for more to join our group.

As Christians, we wish to live up to the words of Paul the Apostle in Ephesians 4:29 - "Let no unwholesome talk come from your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." We aim to have everything that we say and do be pleasing to Jesus Christ. Because of this aim, there are some rules we all abide by, so that everyone can have an encouraging time:


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The elyonscircle.com message board is a public forum and, while we encourage the free flow of information and ideas on the board, we also ask that you follow a few basic rules. By using or participating on our message board, you agree to the Rules of Conduct as stated below. Please note that you will be held accountable to these guidelines and the others in this forum whether you have read them or not; you are responsible for reading the guidelines when they are updated.


EVERYTHING IN MODERATION

Elyonscircle.com Message Board is a moderated forum. However, the moderators cannot be everywhere and see everything. If you see something that is against the Board Rules, please report it to the Moderators/Administrators (email/PM a moderator – click on the PM or Email button on a mod’s post or profile). Note that the moderators have the final say-so in any situation that you report to them. They will evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action where needed.
Current Administrators are: drklai, FinalAgent17, KeysOfMusic, supermanJMO, and girlwithasong1133
Current Moderators are: DiscipleOfElyon, Abiz206, IWUwombat, SapphiraAdi, KylerMartyn,and water_ouzel.

NOTE: Moderator and Administrator spots are full. Please do not ask to become either, as we do not have openings for more. If the need arises for a new mod/admin, or to replace one, the new person will be hand selected (with their consent).

::What Do Moderators Do?::
Moderators monitor board posts and respond to complaints to keep posting free of undesirable content as described in the Board Rules. They enforce the board rules, and can delete posts, edit posts as well as remove any user's ability to visit the board. If a moderator lets you know you are close to crossing the line, take heed of the warning. Likewise, if your thread was deleted or locked by a moderator, do not repost the topic. They deserve respect and appreciation for the time they give up for you. If you have a question for a moderator you can PM them, or send them an email (click small button in their profile, or under one of their posts)

::Bans::
1) The First [1st] and/or Second [2nd] offense will be warnings issued through email either by a message board moderator or administrator.

a) In extreme cases which require immediate action, a moderator may issue a temporary ban or suspension pending review of the case by an Administrator to determine if further action needs to be taken. Serious offenses (including but not limited to stalking, harassment, spamming, and hacking) will result in an immediate ban without warning. The length of this ban will be at the discretion of the Message Board Moderators and Administrators, and can range from a short time to permanent.

2) The Third [3rd] Offense will lead to an immediate 2 week banning.

3) A Fourth [4th] offense, after being reinstated, of the same infraction will lead to a One [1] month banning.

-Should the Fourth [4th] warning come from a different infraction, the situation will be under the discretion of the Message Board Moderators and
Administrators.

4)Once reinstated from the One [1] month banning, should a 5th warning happen under any circumstance a permanent ban will be put into place.

::If Your Friend is Banned::
Do not make any posts for a friend who may be banned. They are banned for a reason.

::What If I Disagree With A Moderator?::
Moderators are not perfect and are only human. Disagreements occur. Try to communicate with them first on a respectful level and settle your disagreement. They are not targets for your obscenities, flames or general insults. If you do not agree with a decision, you are not entitled to start a thread arguing about the verdict or flaming any of the moderators. Any such messages will be removed. This extends to Private Messages and unban requests as well, and you are not entitled to insult moderators via either of these methods. Also note that bans are between the user banned and the moderators, and moderators cannot respond about bans publicly.

::If You are Banned::
You may NOT attempt to circumvent the ban in any form, including, but not limited to hacking into the forums as a guest, using someone else’s account, or creating another account. If you are banned, the main intent is for YOU to stay OFF the forums until the ban is over. Any method of returning to the forums is contrary to forum rules, and may warrant additional punishment, at administrator discretion.


RULES OF CONDUCT

Following are some things you'll want to keep in mind while posting on the elyonscircle.com Message Board. Please read the rules so you will be familiar with them:

::Copyrighted Material::
Board members agree not to post any material that is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner(s) of said copyright, trademark or other proprietary right. This includes but is not limited to magazine, book and newspaper scans, television broadcasts and copyrighted photos and pictures. However, images that are common online property MAY be used, examples include (but are not limited to) promotional material, video clips, etc.

::Your User Account::
Due to recent spam attacks on other similar forums to elyonscircle.com, and one very mild attack here, we have tightened our security a little. When you register your new account, DO NOT place advertising links or text in it. Because 99% of spam accounts do this on their profiles, new accounts with advertising listed in them (even if it’s just a weblink) are most likely going to be instantaneously deleted. Also, please make your username more than random letters and/or numbers. Since these accounts tend to be spam-related, we will not activate them. When you DO register, the best thing to do is come on and post at least once to tell us who you are, and how you heard about elyonscircle! That way we know you aren’t a spambot.

::Flaming, Bashing, and Trolling::
Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on the elyonscircle.com Board. Treat others on these message board as you would expect them to treat you. Be nice! Talking trash about another user or posting topics specifically to provoke a negative response from an individual, a group or an entire community is not acceptable. These posts will be deleted and may result in having the privilege of posting on the board revoked. Messages that are thought of as disrespectful will be deleted without discussion.

::Multiple Accounts::
Having more then one user account is not allowed on Elyonscircle.com, except in extreme circumstances. Often this creates confusion on the message boards. However should the specific NEED arise to have a second account (due to a problem with the first one, ect.), a board administrator or moderator MUST be contacted, and the reasons for the new account discussed. If approval is granted for a secondary account, the Admin, Moderator Team, and any message boarder have no obligation to keep identities secret. If trolling or improper use is involved, you will be called out. However, should your request be denied, DO NOT create an account anyway. This violates policy, and may warrant corrective actions.

::Harassment::
The elyonscircle.com message board is committed the the safety of its members. Harassing other members of the board (whether on the board, in e-mail, in instant messenger, on the phone, or through any other mode of communication) is not acceptable, will not be tolerated and may result in banning without prior warning. Depending on the severity of the harassment, this banning may be immediate and permanent. If you feel you are being harassed, please inform the moderators at: mods (at) elyonscircle (dot) com.

::Profanity::
Offensive language is unacceptable. While you may not be offended by small words you don’t consider profanity, do not use words stronger than “Dang” or “heck”. Even so, we would PREFER if you you’re your language as nonthreatening as possible. “Snorkel” is a common exclamation here on the boards, as opposed to swearing.  Simply editing a few letters with an asterisk or other symbols isn't allowed, either. Profanity in posts will be edited out. Repeat offenders or those who use excessive profanity may lose the privilege to post on our board.

::FOR SALE posts::
For sale ads are strictly prohibited on these boards, without the permission of a moderator/admin. Anyone posting such ads (without permission) will have their posts deleted, and may be issued a warning. However, this board does support the creativity of others. Mentioning your work is ok. Any questions, please ask a moderator or administrator.

::Promoting Other Sites::
This site was not intended as a portal for other sites. Subsequently, it is unacceptable to post links to commercial sites in any of the threads. Users are allowed to post links to personal sites in their signatures (as long as it conforms to the standards of this site); however, it is unacceptable behavior to actively promote or recruit members to visit personal sites or sign up for other sites. This is not intended to limit personal creativity, but rather to protect its members from questionable material as well as promotional scams. Posts encouraging members to visit other sites will be deleted and the offending user will be warned as per the policy stated above. Please bring any questions or questionable links to the attention of an administrator or moderator. Elyon's Circle does not endorse any external links posted by its members, with the exception of teddekker.com.

::Spam::
Purposely spamming our message board is not allowed. This includes such things as party posts, chain letters, continually posting the same topic over and over again, posting the same question across several forums, posting many links to a certain website, etc. On a similar note, participating in spam attacks (post riots, etc.) on our board or planning a spam attack on any other Website is unacceptable, and these actions will most likely result in banning and/or deletion of your account, depending on severity.

::Impersonating Other Users / Accessing Another User's Account::
You may not impersonate another board member or create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Also, accessing or using someone else's account or attempting to access another poster's account is strictly prohibited. If you engage in this type of behavior, you will be barred from the board permanently.

::Altering Board Code::
Altering or changing elyonscircle.com board code and/or exploiting code bugs for purposes other than what the message board was intended to do is strictly prohibited. On a similar note, using automatic scripts on any part of elyonscircle.com is also not permitted. Hacking, altering board code, exploiting code bugs and using scripts are all grounds for an immediate and permanent ban.

::Off-Topic Posts::
Okay, so you probably won't get banned for an off-topic post, but c'mon, try to post suitable subjects on each of the appropriate threads. Off-topic posts will most likely be deleted.

::Spoilers::
Just because you know that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's Daddy doesn't mean that everybody does (whoops!). Be considerate of the other users who may not have read a book, seen a movie or played a game that you're talking about. Simply use the spoiler tags before and after whatever spoiler you’re giving. Example: I am an administrator. OR, to show the TOPIC of the spoiler, use these tags:
Click to reveal: ”Spoilers about me.”
I am an administrator
.

::Questionable Content::
Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to, well, cover everything. This is a public board, so act like you would if you were in a public place. Elyonscircle.com reserves the right to choose the guidelines of objectionable content based on its knowledge of users and website policy. These issues are left to the discretion of the individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and/or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, offensive, inappropriate, obscene, racist, sexist, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy or that otherwise violates any law or encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense. Posting of MOST of the abovementioned content will result in an IMMEDIATE PERMANENT IP BAN.


WRAP IT UP...

There are many posts each day on the elyonscircle.com message board, so we can't always promise you'll receive a warning every time action has to be taken. By registering at the elyonscircle.com Message Board, users agree that any post deemed inappropriate may be removed at the sole discretion of elyonscircle.com. Elyonscircle.com also has the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke board privileges at any time without notice or reason. Think of these rules as a forewarning and, if you break them, you're taking your Circle membership into your own hands.

Elyonscircle.com is not responsible for messages posted on our board or the content therein. We reserve the right to reveal the identity of or whatever information we know about any user in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any message posted by said user.

Elyonscircle.com has the right but not the obligation to monitor and/or moderate the elyonscircle.com board. Elyonscircle.com reserves the right to change any or all other parts of this Rules of Conduct at its sole discretion and without notice.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and HAVE FUN! We would love for you to sign up join our community! See you on the flip side!

-The Circle Forum Administrative Team






What We Believe
For any of you interested, the Circle holds to these standards:

  • We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that it is inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and preserved by God in its verbal, plenary inspiration, so that it is a divinely authoritative standard for every age and every life.
  • We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are one God.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died as a penalty for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended to be with the Father, to intercede for His people, and to prepare a place for His people.

  • We believe that God, by His sovereign choice and out of love for men, sent Christ into the world to save sinners. Except for the sovereign grace of God, every man would always choose sin rather than salvation and reject God.
  • We believe that salvation is the forgiveness of sins, the impartation of new life, and is based solely on the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that a true believer is eternally secure, that he cannot lose his salvation, but that sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and bring the loving discipline of his Heavenly Father.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, is God and possesses all divine attributes. He indwells, baptizes and seals all believers into the body of Christ, His church, at the moment of their salvation, and fills them in response to their yieldedness.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello!
Unread postPosted: June 28th, 2008, 11:58 pm 
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Welcome to Elyon's Circle. Here is a friendly, er, warning. :D

***WARNING***


READ WITH CAUTION! Ted Dekker books may be habit-forming. In most cases, severe addictions result from the reading of one or more Dekker books. Side effects may include, but are not limited to, excessive/obsessive posting, the use of Dekker terminology (e.g. "Elyon's strength," "never break the Circle," "Ha!"), addiction to the Circle, increased intelligence, suspicion of or belief in parallel realities, keeping track of typographical and other errors in Dekker books, comparing Ted Dekker to other authors and finding him superior, inability to stop reading, forgetting basic necessities while reading (e.g. eating, sleeping), increased awareness of the supernatural, substituting 3 for the letter "e" (e.g. T3d, Thr3e), and a keen liking for small white bats.

Neither Ted Dekker nor the Circle may be held in any way responsible for any injury or illness obtained while under the influence of a Dekker book.

-Author Unknown

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For though I fall, I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light

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