Ever since this forum was launched the idea of adding rules was deemed unnecessary. Because after all, we would most likely deal with mature Black Magicians seriously working on their Path to become a Living God.
Almost two years later we, sadly enough, had to change our minds on this. We regret to announce that, as from now, rules will be added to this forum. We have had too many scammers, con-artists, trolling, flaming, threats, false profiles, intimidations, dead horses, etc…
We can no longer tolerate this! Apparently this forum can no longer do without some necessary rules.
Therefore, as of today, the following rules will need to be followed:
✦ Newcomers, please introduce yourself first in a New Topic. To do so, click or tap New Topic button on top-right corner of your screen, below your profile photo.
Helpful ideas to include in your introduction:
- Your preferred name and location, however, please do not disclose your address
- Your preferred magicks and topics of study
- Particular areas of magick where you need help
- Particular areas of magick where you can provide help
If a newcomer fails to make an intro promptly, we reserve the right to remove each and every subsequent post until the rule is respected, or temporarily remove posting privileges
✦ Insults: one warning only. By repetition your account will be deleted
✦ Irrelevancy: stick to the topics. Nobody cares what you ate or how much you weigh. These comments will be removed without further notice.
✦ Solicitation: Jesus loves you, repent and join Christianity. Again, this will be removed as well as the account
✦ Preaching dogmas and indoctrinations
✦ Harassment, flaming, and trolling or being disrespectful towards other members: one warning
✦ As a seemingly necessary clarification of the above points, working threads are not to be treated as referendums, nor invitations to comment on whether you personally approve of the OP’s desires, intentions, personality, or anything else. This means don’t derail these threads by stating your disapproval of the OP’s stated goal, nor by nit-picking, insults, or mockery.
These comments will be deleted without notice, making a habit of this behaviour will result in a ban. If you feel someone has posted a working thread that clearly breaks the forum rules, flag it, or PM a moderator
✦ Spamming: immediate ban
✦ Threats: immediate deletion of your account.
If you intend to discuss targeting a member with baneful magick in off-forum comms, be aware that these may have the same effect on that named person as a threat made to their face if the discussion is revealed, and what will happen then is explained here Important: Off-Forum Communications, Curses, And Threats - this is in action as of 28th April 2018
✦ No “Dead Horses”: this means, if a thread has gone irrevocably off-topic, perhaps due to enough people being unable to take the first post seriously, or any number of other reasons, using that thread as a dump to post gifs, memes, etc., or engage in banter about the OP, will not be permitted and the thread will likely be closed and/or deleted. If you spot a thread going this route, please just flag it.
✦ Starting topics on banned users or deleted posts: one warning and removal of the thread
✦ Offering commercial goods and services: this is now banned as of 9th October 2014, and posts of this nature made after that date will be removed, further violations will result in deletion of your account. And as of 28th December 2017, in relation to this rule, posts offering to pay with money or barter for magickal goods and services will also be removed.
✦ Offering free readings: as of midnight 30th April 2015, we prohibit people from offering this service unless they’ve been reasonably active on the forums for at least 3 months, participating in the community as a genuine member.
✦ False or double accounts will be deleted immediately.
✦ No posting of links that lead to sites where one can download for free. This can cause prosecution for BALG because often the sites are illegal (even when you think they’re not).
✦ No specific declarations of intent to curse a specific person, or umbrella organization. Keep in mind that it is not hard to screengrab from this forum or any other if you’re not lazy, and it’s easier to present these screengrabs out of context. Whether it’s wise or not to tell anyone that you’re cursing them is subject to debate, and the answer seems to vary with incidence and experience.
While it is not generally considered punishable in the Western countries to afflict with a curse because it is not commonly considered possible, it is very much legally prosecuteable to instill fear or intimidation through terroristic threat, leading to a demonstrable decline or collapse in physical and/or mental health of a harassed victim. Please bear that in mind, as any post that may attract undue legal attention to the BALG organization will be terminated so that this forum can continue to be a place for the advancement and discussion of Magick and Ascent.
Do what thou wilt - in thine own circles and media - and accept the consequences like the men and women that potential gods and goddesses have as their origin. But anything that can legally be construed as threat or harassment against a specific individual or a specific group needs to happen elsewhere.
★ As of 5th September 2018, the only subject – whether for debate or for magickal working groups, or sharing work done – that is prohibited is politics: specifically, topics whose title and/or main premise is party politics, direct and overt promotion of any form of identity politics, and comments about mass migration of persons of any group across national borders, be it for, against, or other.
This applies across all viewpoints, “left” and “right,” pro-authoritarian or pro-libertarian and all other views, and no bias will be shown in applying this policy, regardless of the known preferences of moderators/admins/other members. Because we are all human, and have our own views, but this matters:
- This is at the direct request of the forum owners and you can read Timotthy’s statement about that here.
Obviously the line at which something becomes political (especially in recent years, with the rise of identity politics as a mainstream topic) can be blurred, for this reason it will be general policy to separate any posts that venture into these areas and make them a PM conversation where people may continue the discussion in private, rather than drastic sanctions for crossing a line it is all-but-impossible to define.
This way, members are not having to hold their breath lest they mis-step, but obviously, don’t take the piss: goodwill shown, requires a good faith endeavour to stay within the lines.
- At all times content in the same thread that is not political will be conserved in situ as far as possible, which means that steering a topic someone dislikes into political waters will not result in that topic being locked, deleted, or made PM.
Profile Flair & Group Messages
You may discuss politics as much as you wish in a group private message. Just enumerate your political worldview in your About Me under Preferences on your Profile, give consent to participate in group chats, and chatters can add you to private group threads — and you may leave those chats any time also.
These are the words of Timothy, co-founder OF BALG. Simple concept, simple to apply.
If you have a pressing personal problem or concern regarding your own community or country that you know also touches upon migration, an identity politics or party political issue, and need help, if you wish to, contact @Lady_Eva – I have some idea of existing thoughts of members and may be able to steer you right on who to contact to form a working group. Likewise, if you have strong political views, experience with doing political/memetic magick, contact me and register an interest, I will strive to make sure people are able to connect as needed.
Finally, you may from time to time happen across posts from before this policy was in effect which have a markedly political content, and if that happens, please use the flag icon underneath the three dots … at the bottom of that post and use the flag for Off Topic, no-one will be sanctioned for posts that were of that nature before the policy was introduced, this is solely to protect new forum members from being misled as to what can be discussed by the existence of older threads and comments of this nature.
★ Since autumn 2018, we have had an increasing number of groups, usually on Discord, being promoted on the forum, culminating in some rule-breaking and very abusive behaviour recently that originated on one of these groups. For this reason, external groups, “Orders,” and communities are now in the same status as commercial endeavours and political interests/working groups.
This means you MAY place links to your groups, “Orders,” and external communities in your forum profile, but you may NOT post those links or promotional material on the forum, or initiate a PM to try and recruit people. This applies as of 25th March 2019.
★ Please post in English: this forum welcomes new members from all around the world every day.
This, combined with the forum’s reliance upon member-moderation, where each member has the right and responsibility to help us keep our forum civilised and problem free, means that it is best to please keep posts in English, because that is the common language of the forum.
If you cannot read or write English easily, please contact Lady_Eva for advice on how to meet other members who can speak your language, or reply to this topic asking for help.
Conversations conducted in a non-English language need to be be taken to PM please, in order to remain inclusive and to facilitate member-moderation.
★ Important: ★
We may revise these Rules from time to time - the most current version will always be in this post at the top of the thread, older versions quoted in posts are superceded by any subsequent updates.
If you are receiving any harassment or have any concerns whatsoever about a post made, do not attempt to retaliate or derail that topic, simply use the flagging function (under the three dots … at the bottom of each post and PM) and flag it, this will place it in the Staff inbox and it will be dealt with as a priority.
Raising a flag will not notify the person who posted, and your name will not be revealed.