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  1. Gary

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    What is the purpose of putting a non-debate forum in the Debate and Discussion section?

    That's like having a skating rink that doesn't allow skating. :screwloose2

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    Again, questions for Christians (Q4C) is a sub-forum of Apologetics & Theology (A&P). Apologetics & Theology is a debate forum, so it is under Debate and Discussion.
    Questions for Christians exists for different purposes than A&P, it's intended for non-Christians to learn about Christianity and it's doctrines, ideas, beliefs, etc. Since the focus is on answering the questions of non-Christians, debate between members on these subjects is seen as distracting from the purpose. The sticky on this forum containing the rules explains this.

    Why Q4C is under A&P I don't know specifically. It was like that before I joined.
    The header "debate & discussion" is a much, much more recent addition, done within the last couple of years after the server move--if I recall. I remember that time, a lot of changes were made to the forum in order to make it more organized and appealing.
     
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    DUH What is the purpose of putting a non-debate forum in the Debate and Discussion section? :) for discussion
     
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    How can there be a discussion when only one side is permitted to speak? The comment below is taken from the forum rules for that particular forum. Note the section that is underlined.


    Non-Christians ask questions, and Christians answer. Answers to questions by non-Christians will be deleted.


    If non-Christians aren't allowed to take part in the conversation, what's the point in having a Q&A for non-Christians?

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    I don't think that means that non-Christians can't respond to threads at all. The problem is when they try to answer the question in the OP and/or try to argue points with the Christian members. It's simply not the place for that. They can debate in other forums, though the terms of service still apply.
     
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    Then why would a moderator delete non-confrontational posts made by non-Christians that are directly related to the OP? (this actually happened)

    A non-Christian made a comment regarding bible doctrine.
    He was corrected.
    The non-Christian requested scripture regarding the correction.
    Scripture was posted that indicated the original comment from the non-Christian was false.

    It was all deleted.

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    If you're asking about something to do with a recent action taken, I am not at liberty to explain my actions regarding another member. Even if you had started this thread in Talk with the Staff, which would have been the proper thing to do if dispute of a recent staff action was the point of this thread, I could not discuss it with you.
     
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    I'm not asking for an explanation. I know why you did what you did. This isn't something personal.

    The point I'm trying to make is, what are we telling nonbelievers when we delete their words for no reason? The only explanation they get is (POST DELETED)

    That seems kinda harsh. Especially since we are the ones who are suppose to be bringing them the Good News. If teaching moments aren't allowed, what are we doing here? :shrug

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    Actually, PMs are usually sent. If not, there is an option to give a reason that the member receives as an alert upon deleting a post.
    This is not usually done in public because we don't see the point in letting the entire membership know. Warnings in threads are usually worded so as to avoid drawing attention to any one member.
     
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    You still don't get it.

    Never mind.
     
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