Rules, Regs, and Responsibilities
Respect and Conduct
It is the responsibility of the each members to behave in a courteous and respectful manner to the other members and to the staff of The Summerlands. We are a family-oriented community and as such there will be children and young adults in our community and the adult membership needs to set a good example for them. So mind your manners.
It is the obligation of each member to pay their membership fee and keep that fee paid current. It is the sole responsibility of the member to keep track of how much they spend in The Summerlands. Although there is no charge for online time, the member needs to be aware of how much they have spent on classes or at The Marketplace, so that they don't get an unhappy surprise at the end of the month. This is a new way of doing business for most of us. Until everybody gets a feel for how much or little they actually spend here per month, they need to "be aware."
This is a Pagan forum ... as such, we all have our own slant on things, and it's usually different from everybody else's slant on the same things. Proselytizing is absolutely verboten ... should it happen, please report it immediately to one of the staff and it will be dealt with.
Flaming Holy Wars
Differences of opinions, beliefs, ideas, and ideals are what makes for a vital and alive community. We not only allow debate and contention of ideas, we welcome it with open arms (even if that gets a bit hot sometimes). What we do not welcome and will not tolerate are flame wars. They will be squelched immediately ... and that includes running email flame wars (should any party complain and be able to back it up with proof). Remember, share your toys, play nice with the other children ... and if you are sleepy and cranky ... take a nap before making that post that might start the next flame war. Scorched earth isn't pretty!
Sex, Stalking, and "One Night Wonders"
We Pagans are a "healthy lot" when it comes to the subject of sex ... and that is fine. As long as the sex play is between consenting adults, we think that's just peachy. But there will be NO inclusion of any of the minors in such activities. Also, there will be no stalking or sexual harassment allowed of any member (male, as well as female) by any other member. Should this occur, please bring it to the attention of Deborah or Searles and it will handled. And while we're on the subject of sex ... this is not a "human sexuality" forum ... if you are a "hit and run" Romeo or a Buckle Bunny type just looking for some "action" ... or if you have just discovered the wonderful world of "dirty words", take it to a more appropriate venue (Goddess knows there's plenty of them out there on the net.) In the same way that stalking will be immediately dealt with, so will those people with repeated harmful behaviors to the community and its members be asked to knock it off or leave.
Also, please select your nicknames with care so that we don't start looking like some "common IRC on a Saturday night." (you KNOW what I mean by that!)
Membership for Minors and Parental Responsibility
We do allow and welcome minors into our community. We take great pains to ensure their safety and happiness and are more than happy to answer any questions they have about our religious beliefs. That said ... there is one major proviso. Any minor child (that means anyone under 18) MUST have their parents' approval on our registration form to obtain a membership and a signed letter from them on file with us stating that they have given their consent for the minor to participate in The Summerlands.
Since The Summerlands IS a private membership community and is not open to the general public, we reserve the right to refuse membership to anyone we deem to be unsuitable to The Summerlands Community. We also reserve the right to terminate a membership without notice or refund for failure to follow The Summerlands agreed upon terms and conditions of membership.