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The Reformed Gamers House Rules
(Last Updated July 23rd, 2017)
The Rules of the TRG House are as follows and expected of every member:
THE GOAL AND PURPOSE OF THE REFORMED GAMERS
The goal of The Reformed Gamers is to be a safe, comfortable place where people can talk freely with other Reformed/ Christian brethren about theology, video games, DLC, PC rigs, etc. Members are also encouraged to share any deals they find that they feel would be beneficial to other members of the group who may be interested (things such as Humble Bundles, games on discount, games/accessories that a member is wishing to sell). As well, the group serves as a means of interacting with the podcast, The Reformed Gamers. These interactions include questions, comments, feedback and suggesting of topics, and submitting answers to questions for the show.
THE REFORMED GAMERS IS NOT A CHURCH
The group does not replace your local church body. The admins and podcast hosts are not your pastors, elders or Sunday School teachers (unless someone actually is). While it is helpful to seek wisdom, knowledge, encouragement, etc., if an issue is one of a serious nature, please consult your church’s elders as they are the ones responsible for your spiritual well-being (Hebrews 13:17).
As followers of Christ, we are all called to live, and speak, in a manner according to God and what is outlined in Scripture; this group is no different. This isn’t a place where you can dump garbage and let loose and leave your spiritual character at the door. We are called to be ambassadors of the Gospel 24/7, no matter where we are. Some helpful verses are below:
- Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- Love – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) Be kind and loving to one another. (Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 2:9-11, 3:11-24, 4:9-21)
- Grace – Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6) Not only speak graciously to one another, but show grace toward others who may not be gracious in return, or with whom you may disagree. Also show grace by being mindful of the things you say; while you may think a phrase is harmless, others could find it offensive or distasteful for the Christian.
- Maturity – When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (1 Corinthians 13:11) Be men and women of God. Be a Godly example for others. Speak to one another with respect and refrain from juvenile/inappropriate words, phrases, etc.
- Second Commandment – Though opinions may vary, some members find pictures of any of the three persons of the Trinity to be a violation of the Second Commandment, and as such, sinful.. Please refrain from posting pictures of God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. Such images will be removed. Members do not have to agree with the rule, but please respect it. (Exodus 20:4-6, Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 12:30-32; Acts 17:29)
HOUSE BASE EXPECTATIONS
Disrespectful Talk– Avoid personal attacks, insults, slurs, name-calling, false accusations, insinuations, excessive or malicious sarcasm, etc., or adding posts for the purpose of publicly mocking, criticizing or ridiculing other members or the admins. Avoid any offensive or profane language, innuendos, coarse joking, blasphemy, etc. Always err on the side of caution. Keep your speech wholesome and honoring to the Lord. Robust, yet civil, discussion and debate is strongly encouraged, but contentious quarreling and backbiting are not. Remember that fellow members aren’t just names on a screen, but actual people. Treat them as brothers and sisters in Christ.
ROMs– The group does not allow the sharing of, or discussion of procurement, of ROMs. As it stands, ROMs/ROM Hacks, downloaded from the Internet, are illegal and unfit for the Christian body. ROMs are only allowed in the case of you currently owning a game and are making a back-up, should something happen to the cartridge. Discussions about ROMs as it pertains to legality and ethical use are allowed but the sharing of ROMs is not.
Links– Be mindful of what is shared in the links that you post. As it stands, some video game clips from YouTubers do contain language. Should a video clip contain language, please add a disclaimer, letting members know to expect language. As for links, a good rule of thumb is to vet the link thoroughly before posting, watching out for offensive material/ads, inappropriate banners, language used in links, etc. Links can, and will, be removed at the admin’s discretion without notice. If an image contains language, please blur the words used, so as to avoid causing someone to stumble.
YouTube/Personal Content– One of the great things about this age of video games and entertainment is the ability to create content and share that with others. It is encouraged to share your YouTube channels, Twitch streams, podcasts, reviews/blogs and so forth in the group. However, keep in mind that we ask that you at least ask the admins first before sharing so as to allow them ample time to screen the content to make sure it is appropriate for the group. Once we have had time to look over the content, we will clear it for sharing in the group. Regular shares, such as clips/screenshots from PS4/Xbox One/PC and Twitch streams are allowed, so long as that meet the group’s rules, and do not become spam. If you do share your own content, please keep it to one post per day, so as to avoid spam. Any content shared that is deemed unfit by the admin team, or posted without proper review, can, and will, be removed without notice.
Proactivity– First, set a godly example for other members. Second, if you see an issue that needs attention, tag an admin or notify them via PM (private message). Third, if a post you have started is getting out of control, please delete it. You are free to take these steps prior to an admin stepping in. Do keep in mind that, though the admins are active, we cannot see every comment or post.
Admin Support – The Reformed Gamers is under the care of its admins, who are: Bob “Juke” Blandeburgo, Logan Sharp, Luke Urbach, Zach Bucholz, Nate McKeever and Adam Southerland. They will do their best to maintain a fun, Godly atmosphere for the entire group but, at times, we will fail in that endeavor. Admins retain the right to remove posts and remove/block members at their discretion and/or should they be in breach of the aforementioned rules, sometimes without notice. In a means to support us, we ask the below:
DO’s: Extend grace to them, as they will also extend grace to you. No one is getting paid, and no one stands to profit from censoring your opinions. Please support the admins in what they’re trying to do.
DON’T’s: Publicly question the decisions of the admins. Any post, or comment, in breach of that will be promptly removed. If you have an issue, PM an admin. Blocking an admin will always result in a ban. If you block one of the admins, then we cannot aid you, should you encounter an issue at a later time. Please keep this in mind.
WHEN THE RULES ARE BROKEN
If a member is in breach of any of the rules, the admins, at their own discretion, may do one of the following:
• Comment on a thread, reminding one or more members of the rules.
• Send members a PM, to 1) notify them that they are in violation (based on their posts, comments, images, or manner of engagement with others), and 2) warn them of the potential removal of posts, comments, or images; and/or 3) warn them of potential removal from the group.
• Remove posts, comments, or images that are in violation without notification.
• Revoke someone’s membership and/or invoke a ban.
• Remove posts, comments, or images that are in violation and post a segment of the rules that were breached for the group to see as a reminder of the standards that are set for the rules. This is not a method of shaming any one person; it serves to remind members of the rules.
Do keep in mind that the admin’s cannot see every post or comment. If you, the member, see something that is in breach of the rules, please Report the comment/post to an Admin and we will review the post.
The Admin will also close posts off from commenting should we see an issue arise or receive messages from concerned members. This simply serves as a measure of reviewing threads to see if they need to be removed and/or to close a discussion that, while fruitful, has gone on long enough and is repeating itself.
Note: Not every removed post, comment, image, etc., will be one that explicitly has broken the rules. Having a post, comment, image, etc., removed is not a black mark against your name, most of the time. We all get heated, and make mistakes. In that time, let’s have a peaceful dialogue about what can be done better going further.
Repeated violationswillresult in a ban! Bans are determined case by case. Should you find yourself banned, keep in mind that it is usually temporary, unless otherwise stated.Admins always discuss the matter before making the decision to ban and is considered thoroughly.
IF YOUR POST, COMMENT, IMAGE, ETC., IS REMOVED:
First: Consider that you may have been part of the problem.
Second: Consider that even if your post, comment, image, etc., wasn’t the problem, it may have led to a larger problem involving other members. Once again, not every post, comment, image, etc., removed
necessarily breaks a rule.
Third: Your post, comment, image, etc., may have simply been deemed generally inappropriate, and is subject
to admin’s discretion.
Fourth:Consider that sometimes admins make mistakes. Please begraciouswith them. It may have taken you roughly 30 seconds to type out your comment; so, please, just let it go. If, after all that, you still want to know why your comment was removed, send a PM to an admin. Understand that no admin can see who removed what (FB is a terrible platform for this), so please don’t expect an immediate answer. ————————————————————————————- ————————————-
These rules may change as the group grows and we will communicate that to you when that happens. We look forward to the fellowship and growth that will come about from this group and the bonds that will form through our faith in Christ and our enjoyment of video games, anime, etc.
GG and Amen,
The Reformed Gamers Admins,
– Bob Blandeburgo
– Logan Sharp
– Adam Southerland
– Zach Bucholz
– Luke Urbach
– Nate McKeever