The Secular Homeschool Community FAQ
Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.
SecularHomeschool forum rules
SecularHomeschool.com members who frequent the forums have a talent for supporting others with care and consideration, and offering help without being overbearing. Most of our members know what constitutes proper behavior. Even so, occasionally there are instances where forum behaviour or activity becomes questionable, and for those situations, we direct you to the following rules for the SecularHomeschool.com community forum:
- This forum is for homeschoolers or people personally considering homeschooling
If you are conducting research (professionally or educationally), stirring a debate, or trolling, this will not be the appropriate community for you. SecularHomeschool.com is a support community for parents who are currently homeschooling, or who are considering homeschooling.
- This site defines “secular homeschooling” as the decision to homeschool without regard to religion
That definition allows for inclusion of anyone who is homeschooling because it is the best decision for themselves, their family, and their child(ren), irrespective of their religious beliefs, or lack thereof. By participating in this forum, you are agreeing to accept that definition, and to respect all the varying reasons people may choose to be part of a secular homeschooling community.
- Do not SPAM the forum
SHS defines spamming as sharing any unsolicited advertisements for goods or services in your forum posts. If you wish to promote your item on our website, please check out our Media Kit for information. If you are a homeschooler who is also affiliated with a product or service, you may not post directly about that product or service in the forum but you MAY include a link to that product or service in your profile signature. If you are NOT a homeschooler, or not considering homeschooling, this forum is probably not the appropriate place for you to share your information. Please check out our Media Kit for other opportunities to share your message with SecularHomeschool.com members.
- Do not post "offensive" posts, links or images
Do not post anything which could be considered offensive, hateful, racist, sexist, discriminatory, obscene, or vulgar. Remember that there is another person at the other end (something that can be easy to forget when we are sitting at home in our comfort zone)
- Remain respectful of other users, moderators and administrators at all times
This is a place for secular homeschoolers to come and discuss and support each other. All posts should be professional and courteous. Members should post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning. You have every right to disagree with your fellow SHS members and explain your perspective. However, you are not free to name-call, attack, degrade, insult, or otherwise belittle them. If you take offense at a specific post on this forum, please compare that post against the rules on this page. If any of the rules have been violated, we ask you to use the "report" feature on the post to let your admins know. If the post does not violate these forum rules, we ask you either to ignore the post altogether or remain respectful in your response. It does not matter what title or power you hold in these forums, you are expected to obey this rule. Doing otherwise after an initial warning will result in temporary or even permanent banning from the forum (this will be left to the discretion of the moderation team). Please remember to stay mature and thoughtful at all times. (basically act like a grown up:)
- Threads may be removed at the request of the thread owner
The SHS forum does not offer users the functionality to delete their own threads. However, any thread may be removed at the request of the thread owner (user who initiated the thread). Removal by request may occur at any time, and without any previous warning to other posters within the thread.
Note: The moderators of this forum retain the right to revoke the membership of any SecularHomeschool.com member at any time for willfully breaking any of these forum rules.