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We have adopted a “clean and kind” comment policy. We consider “clean and kind” speech to be respectful in word and discussion conduct, despite alternative views or beliefs (which are welcome), and free of profanity/obscenity and other *lawful violations. Our “clean and kind” comment policy is outlined below. Our comments and discussion are processed, stored, and retrieved by the following collaborating companies: WordPress, Jetpack, and Akismet. All comments are managed by Appointed Time Press, LLC administration.
We allow the public to post comments on our website via our blog in accordance with this policy. We welcome all users and visitors to comment with the intention that our portal be a safe place to express thoughts, leave feedback, propose questions, and even begin community discussions or engage in friendly debate. All comments are manually moderated by administration according to our “clean and kind” comment policy. We moderate (filter) comments with the goal of keeping our website family friendly and “G” rated for an increasing and diverse global populous.
1.) The U.S. First Amendment vs. Company Comment Policy: We fully recognize and support the United States First Amendment rights of every individual, regardless of whether or not a visitor/user is a United States citizen (see U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights). Any individual has the sovereign right to say whatever they may choose. That does not imply, however, that we are obligated to approve or publish it upon our website. Nor does it imply that it is free of consequence if they violate the law (see specific violations below). As a Christian organization, we have implemented this comments policy requiring “clean and kind” speech and discussion conduct among all peoples. We hold the legal and ethical right to manually moderate (screen and edit) and/or delete (remove) comments that would violate our comment policy, and/or report them to governing authorities when necessary either at our will and discretion, or via a legal warrant.
2.) General Speech & Conduct Rules: Unlike social media, which offers editing options to the user, comments approved and posted to our website are permanent unless removed by administration. With that said, we strongly advise everyone who leaves a comment to abide by the following:
(1.) Never disclose personal, private, sensitive, or secured information.
(2.) Speak freely, but in a respectable manner.
(3.) Be kind and courteous toward others.
(4.) Choose your words carefully.
(5.) Be modest in your comments; refrain from saying too much.
(6.) Remember, comments made online can be found in search engines and may follow you indefinitely.
(7.) Read your comment carefully prior to posting and make edits as needed.
3.) Opinion & Debate: Debate is the discussion (verbal exchange) of alternative or contrary opinions, views, and beliefs. Debate is healthy when it is a means by which we explore, grow, and learn from others. It should be engaged in with an open mind with the intent of understanding the position of another individual, regardless of whether or not we may agree with them, or whether or not they win us over. In doing so, we become richer individuals with a broader understanding of the world around us and those who live in it. Engaging in friendly debate, by which differing opinions or views are expressed and discussed, is indeed welcome. Heated arguments, however, which are harmful and destructive, are not welcome, and will be intercepted, blocked, or deleted by administration.
4.) Comment Violations: Comment violations come in various forms and can include lawful breaches. All violations, regardless of their kind, will be blocked and/or deleted, and when necessary they will be reported to the appropriate governing authorities. We hold the right to file and report comments that constitute a *lawful breach. Comment violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1.) *Libel and *slander
(2.) *Threats, *terrorism, and vitriol
(3.) Obscenity, profanity, and speech otherwise known and understood as “swearing” or “cursing”
(4.) Inciting or soliciting arguments
(5.) Bullying and hate speech targeting an individual, entity, race, religion, ethnicity, culture, country, sex, or class of people. This includes military, veterans, those with disabilities, the unborn, and individuals with special needs.
(6.) *Defamation of character
(7.) *Disclosure of information that could compromise or jeopardize an individual’s security, safety, privacy, character, reputation, integrity, and dignity.
(8.) Racial slurs and other statements that are considered “urban”
(9.) *Coded speech, or * “colored” language
(10.) Mocking, jesting, and/or *impersonation of another individual
(11.) *Harassment of any kind (sexual, verbal, etc.)
(12.) *Pornographic speech or conduct
(13.) Third-Party links
(14.) Solicitations and Advertisements
(15.) Adult subject matter (ie. violence, pornography, sex, etc.)
(16.) *Pharma and illegal substances
(17.) *When ill will or the intent to harm is obvious or suspected beyond a reasonable doubt via malicious, rude, and insulting statements. Ill will and the intent to harm includes, but is not limited to, emotional and/or mental distress or damage.
(18.) *HIPAA violations and other *indiscriminate privacy violations.
(19.) Lobbying, protesting, conspiracy, and special interests
(5). Reporting: Reporting may be performed at will or via a legal warrant.
a.) At Will: Speech and conduct constituting a lawful breach may be filed and reported to governing authorities at the sole will and discretion of administration apart from any legal warrant.
b.) Via Warrant: By law Appointed Time Press, LLC is obligated by law to report and/or submit information to governing authorities at their request when legal matters, such as investigation, are necessitated. Comments made by a user/visitor and all their accompanying information on file is therefore subject to the governing authorities.
c.) Governing Authorities: The said governing authorities include city, state, and federal bodies and/or branches of government and their accompanying legal teams/entities. This might also include international bodies of government that preside over the specified individual in question. We will comply and cooperate when served appropriate and official legal notice via a warrant or otherwise. All such warrants will be directly forwarded to our legal teams by administration.
(6.) Language: For the safety, security, and peace of the public all comments must be in English. All other languages will be deleted, as we do not provide interpretation.
(7.) Moderation, Rights, and Ownership: The comments of any individual, and their accompanying personal information, are submitted at will with the proper company policies made freely and readily available to them, to which they are lawfully obliged. All comments submitted are processed via our server by WordPress, Jetpack, Akismet, and Avatar ID which are third-party companies with whom we have established business contracts. Comments are automatically filtered and processed by these companies. However, manual moderation by administration is still necessitated for proper screening prior to comment approval and publication. Once approved and published, all comments become the property of Appointed Time Press, LLC, as they are processed, stored, managed, and retrieved on our server by our company. We hold the right to manually and judicially moderate comments according to company policy. Manual comment moderation includes:
a.) Removing harmful words, phrases, content, information, or third-party links at our discretion prior to publishing.
b.) Deleting the comment entirely.
c.) Reporting the comment as spam.
d.) Blocking a user/visitor.
e.) Approval of the comment, justifying its publication.
f.) Contacting the user/visitor at their request or at our discretion via the email provided.
g.) Deleting a published comment at the user’s written request.
h.) Deleting a published comment at the sole will and discretion of administration.
h.) Investigation of the user/visitor at our discretion according to company policy.
i.) Reporting the user/visitor and their comment to the appropriate governing authorities when lawfully warranted.
(8.) Avatars & Personal Identity: Your legal identity is captured via your email. Your public identity is disclosed via your name and the associated avatar. The only information shown publicly is your name and your corresponding comment. Please comment wisely, and be careful with the information you choose to publicly share.
a.) Email: We use email to officially identify any user, which is PII (Personal Identifiable Information). All comments require a valid email for legal purposes. The emails of corresponding users are kept on file as long as the comment remains posted to our website. By law, emails are subject to governing authorities when necessary, and are kept private and secure. Your email for all comment entries must be valid. Let it be understood that any name you choose to use in association with your email can and will correspond with your legal name and identity if and when it is legally investigated. Code names, initials, and anonymous entries may conceal your public identity, but they do not protect you from the law. Please be aware that your name and the corresponding comment can be found and profiled by search engines indefinitely.
b.) Avatars: We use avatars to publicly recognize users who comment. All avatars are recognized and managed by Jetpack. If you have an active avatar (such as with Gravatar), your name and corresponding avatar will be profiled as such with your comment unless you manually change it. If you do not have an avatar, you are welcome to use your name in any format you choose (i.e. your real name, initials, a code name, or “anonymous”) and an anonymous avatar image will be randomly and automatically assigned to you.
Updated & Approved: 08-17-2021
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