Community Code of Conduct

Like many online communities as a whole, the RuggedReformers team and community is made up of a mixture of people from all over the world. Indeed, a robust, safe and engaged community is an important aspect of a healthy online environment.

RuggedReformers has been created to enable the sharing of Christian doctrine and faith. Therefore, any posts that undermine the sufficiency of the scriptures, the Trinity, The Nature of Christ, the Gospel of Grace, and other orthodox doctrines will be removed and the user banned.

Members do not have to be Reformed in their theology or subscribe to the Confessions in order to participate or join. We only require they honor and respect our Reformed roots.

Members do not have to be Christians to join or participate. Our deepest joy and honor would be to lead them to faith and truth in Christ alone. To this end, we hope the edifying fellowship here will be a witness to this truth. We only require they honor and respect the Christian Faith and doctrines.

Basic questions and requests for clarifications about the Christian faith are appropriate and encouraged. Our desire is that the precious truths of the Bible might be clearer to those who seek them. However, this is not the proper place to critique, polemicize, object to, or otherwise reject doctrines of the Bible, or to promote doctrines which are contrary to it.

Diversity is one of our huge strengths: we bring together people from different backgrounds, different walks of life, and different countries. Our many voices come together to make RuggedReformers an exciting and vibrant community. At times, we'll each have differing opinions: we encourage healthy and constructive debates and discussions. But unclear communication and excessive arguments can lead to unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to all users of RuggedReformers.

This isn’t meant to be a complete list of things that you can't do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended—a guide to make it easier to enrich your experience at RuggedReformers, and to be active and positive participants in the larger online communities outside of RuggedReformers.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by RuggedReformers. This includes the community forum, RuggedReformers events and any other forums created by the RuggedReformers team which the community uses for communication. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person's ability to participate within them.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of different backgrounds and cultures
  • Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you, in turn, will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect users and colleagues, and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we're a worldwide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.
  • Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for ill behavior and bad manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the RuggedReformers community should be respectful to one another and be mindful that behavior outside of RuggedReformers could affect your involvement with RuggedReformers.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and RuggedReformers is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of RuggedReformers comes from its varied community: people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
    • Discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
    • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifiable information ("doxing").
    • Personal insults.
    • Unwelcome sexual attention.
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
    • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.


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