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What is a Moderator for?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 1
The question asked was "Do Moderators get paid". And the answer,of course,was "No.It is voluntary."
Now,that could give the idea that Moderators are "something special"; not so! Mods are members just the same as other members.We can post our opinions, and other members can (and do!) agree or disagree.
So,what do we actually do?
Well,we "moderate" the site! Petrarca owns this site, but he simply cannot do everything himself.Spells Of Magic is just a title; it is not just about spells; it is about anything metaphysical. And it is world wide! A vast organisation.The shop alone deals with selling over 9,000 items all over the world.
So you will see that one man couldn't "moderate" the site.So he needs quite a number of Moderators to keep the site "in order".
Mods are chosen because they have shown that they are sensible,level-headed, and have a modicum of knowledge.
So what do we actually do? We watch for scams;moderate language; watch out for insulting posts or Mail; look out for sexual harassment; obscene language or images.
We make sure that no member is "preaching", because that is against the law;as there are children on the site.
But let's be clear; it is not a full-time job! We can "moderate" when we have time. I am long since retired, so I have more time that some other Mods. Many Mods are quite young,and need to work for a living.
I do hope this "clears the air" about Mods. Any questions?
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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: / Novice
Post # 2

I did want to clear something up. I was searching some about the law that states that children are not allowed to learn about a religion without their parent's consent in the US and I couldn't find it! I was wondering if you could refer me to it. I want to understand the law a bit more.

I did find a UN statement about children having the freedom of religion and identity and various other things though. Wouldn't the United States law go against that, and in that case, couldn't it be fought against legally?

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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 3
I can only tell you about the law in the UK,but I think it is very similar in the USA.
The law comes under the Education Act of 1946, and it states that no child under the age of 16 can be taught any religion without the parent's consent. However, the law states that the Christian Religion must be taught in all schools; but a parent may withdraw a child from religious lessons if they so wish. (They hardly ever do!) A later Education Act amended part of the 1946 Act to include "Some teaching and explanations of other religions in what is now a multi-cultural society." But it still cannot be done without the parent's consent. For anyone to teach religions "out of school", such as on this site, would definitely be against the law,in the UK and most of Europe, I think it is almost the same in the USA and Canada.
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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: / Novice
Post # 4

Thank you for the information. :) I appreciate it.

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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5

The legal precedents under US law can be found here: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=556828

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Re: What is a Moderator for?
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Post # 6
But I learn about Buddhism and Hinduism at school as well as Islamic, Jewish,and Christian religion it depends if you mean by teach I teach you practice or I teach the basic things about the religion but not "how to"
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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7

If a school is teaching about the history and beliefs of a variety of religions that is OK. What is not OK is teaching someone how to practice a specific religion without having the approval of the parents. So it would be OK to say that Wiccans believe such and such, or that Wicca started in the 1930's with Gerald Gardner as that isn't really teaching how to practice the religion.

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Re: What is a Moderator for?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 8
In the UK it is now usual to "describe and explain" other religions, There are also Faith schools for Catholicism, Judaism,Islam, and a few others.In the nearest city to me is a Sikh school.
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