Please understand that first of all, this is my own code of ethics. If it works for you, great. But feel free to add, subtract or rewrite. Next, note that a code is not a list of rules, but of principles. And also, I freely admit that I don't hold to these all of the time, but have human failures. Maybe my biggest is that several denizens of the BB have said that I can be condescending. Sorry if I've been so to you. :flower: A Code of Ethics for Internet Forums (1) Those are real people behind those screen names, and we are to love them as we love ourselves, according to the royal law of Christ. (2) Each of us are made in the image of God, so when we insult, bully and otherwise personally attack another you are doing so to the image of God. (3) Keep my integrity by always seeking the truth and telling the truth. Also, obey the rules and respect the monitors of the forum. I agreed to this when I signed on, and a person of integrity keeps his word. (4) Only make it a debate to the bitter end when I am fighting known heresy. Otherwise, speak up and then shut up when I've said enough. "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Prov. 10:19). (5) The Biblical rebuke can be useful in helping others to grow. But be careful--many people, even Christians, hate to be rebuked and will turn against me. (6) Know myself and as Shakespeare said, "To thine own self be true." In other words, know when I am knowledgeable and when I am ignorant. Refrain from false expertise and false humility, both. (7) When someone offends me, tell them so, since they may not realize it and deserve a chance to apologize. When I offend someone and they tell me so, immediately apologize sincerely. Both of these steps are commanded by Christ. If they don't apologize, that's on them. I have done my Christian duty. (8) When a debate becomes irretrievably personal, withdraw to avoid marring my integrity. (I learned this from my grandpa, a championship college debater who always stopped writing articles in his Christian paper about a subject when others attacked him personally). If I do not follow this principle, the problem with me is not that I'm being weak but that I'm liable to be insulting and offensive right back, thus disobeying Christ! These last two are hardest. I've been called a wimp, a whiner and other things for carrying out these two principles. That's okay. I'm at peace with the commands and demands of Christ.