About Being Frank

Being Frank provides a forum for a faithful conversation initiated by a group of young New Zealand Catholics (and the occasional Australian). We provide perspective on the hot topics of today as witnessing, proud Catholic Christians. We offer an alternative to other blogs by writing as followers of Christ seeking a fuller truth in the Antipodes.

Guest comments and site usage policy

We welcome comments on bloggers’ posts – however comments will be moderated daily. Vulgar language will be substituted or removed from the site. Any blasphemous, potentially slanderous or libellous comments will also be deleted. Spam will be removed from the site immediately. Posts that do not address the topic at hand and/or advance the discussion run the risk of being deleted. Dissenting opinions will NOT be deleted unless they fail to adhere to other policies relating to posts. We understand that discussions on issues as important as our faith can become heated, but ask contributors to remember the virtue of charity and display it at all times.

Pseudonyms etc.

While pseudonyms are permitted, deliberately representing yourself as someone else (including other users of the site) is expressly forbidden and may result in your account and/or IP address being banned from the site without warning.  Additionally, each commenter is permitted to hold no more than one account.   Any accounts that are detected as being from the same person as another active account may be banned without warning. By signing up for an account on the site, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions. These terms may change at any point, and notice will be given via this page.

About the name

Being Frank was chosen as the name for this blog for two reasons. The first, and most obvious, is that the goal of the blog is to allow Catholics to be frank and open and honest about their faith. The second reason is that the patron saint of journalists is St Francis (Frank) de Sales. While the bloggers aren’t all journalists in their daily lives, they are pseudo-journalists in this capacity.

Posting tips

On the internet, no one can hear your tone. :-)

This blog has a lot of great people taking part in some interesting conversations, being frank about their faith – and that is all good. However, when it comes to discussing such personal and passionate things such as our faith, it’s important to realise that our comments can get taken out of context. One might think that his comment is the funniest, dry, witty comment on the entire internet – only to learn that someone below him has taken it as a personal insult. What ensues is referred to as a flamewar – where people jump on the initial “flamebait”, add their own inflammatory comments, and the argument continues to deteriorate.

Avoiding such flamewars is not easy, but the only real weapons we have are a) charity, b) assuming everyone means the best and c) using emoticons.

Emoticons (or “smilies”) are small icons that express the emotions that you cannot ensure you are expressing with your words alone. To use them, click the Smileys button when you post a comment and select from the many helpful little yellow faces that can assist you in getting the true meaning of your words across.

:-)

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