|A Question About the Guide Website|
|Written by Randy Fishell, Editor|
Today I noticed this question on the Guide discussion board: "
is it wrong to go on guide on the sabbath? or more specifically, to
guide discussion board. would we be breaking the sabbath if we go to
guy/girl relationships or totally random topics? i'm not trying to down
guide or anything Mr. Fishell, but i'm just wondering...
The question is a good one. Here are a couple of thoughts on the matter, particularly in regards to the discussion board.
First, every post is read by an adult moderator and either approved or deleted. We try and exercise good judgment about what appears on the Guide website, but we don't always get it right. But we really do try!
Second, we want to extend every opportunity to young people who enjoy our website to show us how mature they can be.This is called "self-policing." In general, I have been incredibly impressed with the level of maturity that's been reflected in the discussion board posts. I want the discussion board to be a place where Adventist (and other) young people can share freely within appropriate boundaries. Those boundaries are viewed differently by different people, though, so sometimes a post may be included that bothers someone. On the other hand, someone else may have their post deleted and wonder why!
Around Guide, we speak regularly about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for Sabbath website material. It's really hard because this is not just a Sabbath-only website. For example, I am not crazy about seeing things such as "Who's your favorite NHL hockey player?" or something like that come in during Sabbath hours. But someone may find that post interesting during the week. Again, it's tough to control everybody's comments 24/7!
It gets back to extending the young people who enjoy this site the privilege of showing us how responsible you can be. Use your good judgment about what is appropriate to be discussing and posting during the Sabbath hours. You do that, and we'll keep trying to do the best we can here!
—Randy Fishell, Guide Editor