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Respect. Respect your fellow members and spiritual/religious paths and you will have no problems here. Otherwise, prepare to be banned.
Keep in mind that showing respect and respecting are different. We are not telling you that you have to respect the view, member or path. However, while posting on MW you will show respect or you will be removed from the site.
A word about Privacy: All information given in the sign-up form will remain private to the Mystic Wicks Community. No information will ever be given out or sold, except when required by law.
These rules are subject to change at any time. However, if the rules are changed the community will be notified via a new thread outlining the change and through a community-wide email.
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You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
Admins have a wide range of duties. Some take on supervisory roles for projects and groups (such as Forum Guides). Some manage things such as the MW Library, MW Magazine or Circle of Teaching. One task common to the Team is moderating. Admins are the people that read reports, settle disputes, hand out infractions and if necessary bannings. If you have a problem with a member, the Admins are the people to talk to. If you have a question about the site, the Admins are the people to talk to. Admins are here to help, no question is trivial.
Forum Guides (FG for short) are members on the MysticWicks Community that work with Admins and members to keep the Community active, interesting and fun. Forum Guides are shown by the purple coloring on their names. They are staff members, but are not Admins and they do not moderate members.
Forum Guides keep the forum(s) they guide active and interesting. They may post weekly threads about a topic, trivia threads, hold contests or work on special projects, like a FAQ or resource thread. They also deal with thread moves, stick and unstick threads and other tasks to keep MW running smoothly and efficiently.
A Forum Guide is a member that was chosen by the Admins, but ultimately picked by their peers. When needed we hold nominations for Forum Guides in forums that require new people or replacements. Members nominate a member they think would be best for the job. People can also volunteer themselves as well. Once the nominations are over, the Admin team will look over the names and decide which person would be the best choice for the job. In order to be considered for Forum Guide one must be a member, active and not in trouble (bannings, infractions, etc) or at odds with the Admin staff. We also like the Forum Guide to be familiar and knowledgeable about the forum they're Guiding.
These welcomes cannot be cut and paste (ie: "Hi, good to meet you" times 20). They don't have to be essays either. Make them relevant and personal, is all.
These welcomes have to be recent (as in within the week of your request). Past welcomes don't count. It doesn't matter that you may have welcomed 50 people in the last month or two. There is no storing up welcomes for later.
Once you are done with your welcomes contact an Admin with your desired name. If the name is taken, we'll let you know and find other possible variants that are free or you can try another name. Once a name is decided on and is available, it's yours!
We do allow minor changes to be done without the welcomes. Such changes include: misspellings, adding or removing a space or capitalizing or uncapitalizing a letter.
All right. This is probably the most important part of the Basic's. It's called etiquette. Have you ever heard of manners? Well, you need them in real life and on boards like this. Here is the deal. No personal flaming and baiting is allowed here. Discussions can get heated, but there is never a need for being mean to another person. Period. For example:
You are a moron. wrong
Don't do that. Rule of thumb: discuss issues, not each other.
Another thing to keep in mind is copyrights. We respect other websites and authors on this board. That means that you cannot copy something from someone else's site or books and post them here. You may post excerpts and links. The best thing to do is to read through our Community Rules and view our Fair Use Policy on copyrights.
Lastly, we are a family forum. Yah, yah...I hear the groans out there but this is the way it is. Keep the language to a PG level and absolutely no links to pornography, etc are allowed on this board. Even if it is YOUR site. No porn! (For adult-only conversations a separate subscription site is available, called After Dark.) No other illegal stuff either. When in doubt, contact an administrator.
And that is that. Go forth ye and post. Click on everything and learn. Have fun!
Did you register, but your account wasn't approved? If you're wondering why and what can be done about it, this is the section for you.
All new members upon completing their registration are put into a moderation queue where an Admin goes through and searches for anything that stands out, especially with your username, IP and email address. What we're looking for are hits on various spam databases and indications that someone isn't a person, but a bot. During this time you cannot post or participate in the forum. If your account isn't approved there are many reasons for this, some, but not all being:
* You belong to a country where 99.9% of all new registrants are spammers. These countries being: India, Pakistan, Russian, Ukraine, China, Philippines, and Vietnam just to name a few. Because everyone (except for the very rare few), these counties crank out spammers continually, sometimes upwards of 40 a day. Because of this, to be cautious, accounts from these countries may be refused. Legitimate accounts may be confused and banned, though this happens rarely.
* Your IP/email came up on a spam watch list. We check IPs against many spammer watch-lists. If your IP/email is listed you will not be approved.
* Upon searching Google, you seemed to have registered for countless forums, but fail to participate or post on them. This give the indication of a bot or spammer.
* Your IP/email matches a previously banned account. Trying to evade a ban will not get you through. Duplicate accounts are also against the rules.
* You posted as your homepage, a link to a product/spam site, etc.
* Another reason could be human error. Sometimes mistakes happen.
There's are a few possible reasons for why you failed the review. There are others.
What can be done about it?
First and foremost, don't keep trying to register. That'll only give the Admins who review the accounts a negative impression.
What you should do is email us using the form Contact Us and explain your situation. Most of the time, members that do this show that they aren't in fact what they were thought to be and have their accounts unbanned. It's not a guarantee, though. Just keep that in mind. Certain things can't and won't be overlooked, but for simple things like an IP or email mix-up it's worth the try!
We all skim through posts, it’s time consuming to read them all carefully when we’re not sure we are interested in it’s content. But when we are skimming through text and see words that makes us jump and assume things it is important to go back and re-read, compare the text to the assumptions we’ve made and see if it really said what we thought it did.
We all come from different parts of the world, different cultural backgrounds, different beliefs or non-beliefs and we all use different terminologies. If we don’t take the time to carefully read what we want to respond to it may lead to some very awkward situations, or even arguments.
Actually reading what we are responding to is essential for sustaining an open communication. What we assume someone mean might not be what they actually wrote. And if we take that extra time to re-read a post in order to verify our assumptions we might have saved ourselves a lot of problems. When people start to assume and claim someone wrote something they didn’t it can, sometimes, become a really infected discussion from then on.
Read the post carefully and compare what was actually written to what our initial assumptions were. If they do not match, we can be fairly sure our assumption about the posts content was faulty.
If we are unsure as to what the poster meant, we should, ideally, ask them to clarify.
Title and post content:
In order to make it easier on our fellow members to navigate the topics on this board we might also want to make posts under more relevant titles. If we’re posting a question about the relationship between the Goddess Isis and the God Osiris a non-informative title would be “Question..” and a more informative title would be “Isis and Osiris relationship”.
Not only will we attract the attention of people interested in Isis and Osiris, but we will also have offered the courtesy of giving people who are completely uninterested in Isis and Osiris the possibility of not wasting their time.
Keeping an initial post short and concise is also a good way to grab the attention of readers and create a good environment for conversation and communication. Nobody wants to read a wall of text that is barely relevant to the question at hand before getting to the point. It makes people more likely to respond to our post in a relevant matter if we stick to the relevant points.
Keeping things short and relevant can benefit not only to our post, but the people who read it. While it might be tempting to post a long background story as to why we came to the question, sometimes these monologues can be better suited for a blog and not a discussion forum, or maybe in a subsequent post in the topic, allowing us to keep the first post clutter free and to the point.
Communication over the internet most often is all about reading and writing. If we take care to make sure we comprehend what is being said before we respond in writing it can streamline discussions and decrease the possibility of the discussion turning sour.
Read, comprehend, respond is a better chain of events than skimming through, assume, react and respond.
Spam is not allowed.
How the administrators know whether something is spam or not, is tricky indeed. It depends primarily on the member's behaviour in other posts, and on information they supply about themselves. If they don't have any other posts, it depends on the nature of their one post. There's a couple of obvious vending sites that are used regularly by spammers.
Of course there's always some questionable posts, where it's difficult to decide. In those cases the staff contacts the member and decide on basis of their reaction.
As far as promotion of one's products and services is concerned: a member is allowed to sport links to vending web site(s) in their signatures: that isn't considered spam. We also have a barter forum. Use of this isn't considered spam (there are exceptions). And shops and other organisations can buy advertisement space, either directly from mol or through Google.
If someone starts sending you advertisements in private messages or visitor messages, and you think it's spam, please send a copy of that message to any administrator.