Miscellaneous Details

Technical
Comment Policies
Blogroll Policy
E-mail Policy
Definition
Origins
Blogchildren

Technical Details

This blog is powered by Wordpress. It is coded by Kaimi, Matt, and Gordon. We have received helpful advice at various points from Clark Goble and Daniel Bartholomew (aka Danithew).

We're using plugins developed at Mt Dew Virus and Rebel Pixel Productions, as well as the Wordpress Blacklist developed by Laughing Lizard and based on the MT Blacklist of Jay Allen (with a slight modification by Kaimi). We've also benefited greatly from the tips at The Girlie Matters and ScriptyGoddess. The revolving theme is based on an idea Kaimi first saw at a now-defunct blog, not affiliated with T & S, called Tainted Law. All errors and/or bad coding are due to our own boneheadedness.

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Comment Policies

A non-exclusive list:

1. Comments are expected to reflect different points of view. Critiques of others' positions are to be expected, but those critiques should be of the argument, not the person. No insults. (For more detail on this point, see Jim's in-depth discussion of the issue, including his list of practical suggestions for commenting and posting).

2. As a general matter, Times and Seasons is a forum for believing members or for others who are willing to respect members' beliefs. Commenters do not need to believe in the Church, but comments that suggest that all believers are per se unintelligent or uninformed are not welcome.

3. On the flip side, it is also unacceptable to call into question a commenter's personal righteousness.

4. Times and Seasons is not an ad agency. It's fine for commenters to note that they have said something useful or related on their blog or in their book. However, comments should not simply plug unrelated blog posts, books, and so on.

5. Similarly, comments should be related to the blog entry they are posted to, or to a subsequent comment on that entry. Of course, some amount of topic-shifting is normal in any discussion. However, completely-off-topic comments are not appropriate.

6. Comments are expected to be intelligible. That means keeping some internet-chat acronyms to a minimum; writing in plain English; proofreading; spell checking. Of course, perfection is not required, and we also understand that some commenters may not speak English well. In general, we just ask that commenters strive to make their comments readily intelligible.

7. Violations of intellectual property laws will not be tolerated. Violations of other laws, including defamation and slander, will not be tolerated.

8. Comments that are excessively rude or offensive (as determined by the blog administrators) are unacceptable. "Potty humor" is not welcome. Please respect the bloggers and readers.

9. These policies will be enforced by the blog administrators. Enforcement may include some combination of deleting offending comments, warning offenders, and where necessary banning commenters' IP addresses.

10. These policies may be added to or modified as necessary. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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Blogroll Policy

Our blogroll is currently operated through bloglines (we will probably switch to WP's built-in link feature at some point). Since bloglines requires an RSS feed, non-RSS blogs are, for the moment, clumped together in a group at the end of the blogroll. Our blogroll is divided into categories. The determinations of category were made on the fly by Kaimi, and should not be viewed as etched in stone. If you think that your blog is more accurately described as "political" or "journal" or "Mormon-themed" or whatever and it is currently in another category, you can let an administrator know. We're likely to agree with you. If you don't fit into any of the categories, say so. New categories may always arise, as we make changes to the blogroll.

If your blog is not listed (and if you write about anything remotely church-related), it was probably due to inadvertence. We're not trying to blackball anyone here. Our blogroll is a jointly-maintained, very imperfect collection of blogs that we've somehow managed to both notice and input. If your blog isn't here, it doesn't mean that we don't like you, or that we don't think you're part of the bloggernacle. It could mean that we haven't noticed your blog; that we noticed, but didn't have time to input it; that it was inadvertently mis-coded or deleted. If you're wondering if you should be on the list, drop us a line -- we're more than likely to agree with you.

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E-mail Policy

We welcome reader e-mail. Unless otherwise indicated, you should assume opt-out for citation, opt-in for attribution. I.e., an e-mail with no indications about citation or attribution may be cited, but generally as "a reader writes in to suggest . . ." An e-mail with an indication of "you may post my name" or "feel free to attribute to me" or similar may result in an attributed mention, such as, "Clark Goble writes in to say . . ." If you ask that your e-mail not be posted, we will make every effort not to post it. (There are no guarantees -- your message might be missed, and your e-mail might get accidentally posted. Please do not send private, sensitive information if you don't know the recipient already, and think carefully before sending information by e-mail.)

In e-mail communication, we will comply with all applicable laws and expect our readers to do the same. Threatening or harassing e-mails, or e-mails indicating a crime or danger, may be reported to authorities. Threats or harassment may also be reported to a sender's ISP, and are a violation of most ISPs' policies.

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What does Times and Seasons mean?

The Times and Seasons was the periodical of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the early days of the church. It was published in Nauvoo, Illinois, from November 1839 until February 1846. Various issues of the newsletter were edited by Joseph Smith and John Taylor, among others. The Times and Seasons carried the so-called "Wentworth letter" of Joseph Smith, explaining basic LDS beliefs, which has since been canonized as the LDS Articles of Faith. Further information can be found at various historical sites (not affiliated with this blog) such as here.

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Origins: why, when, or how did we start this blog?

In the early days of the bloggernacle (before the Mormon blogosphere was even known as the bloggernacle), there were three main Mormon-oriented blogs -- Dave's Mormon Inquiry Blog, A Soft Answer, and the Metaphysical Elders. Nate and Kaimi each operated separate law-oriented blogs that sometimes discussed LDS issues. (Matt wrote for a popular law and politics blog that seldom discussed Mormon issues. Another blog, Legal Guy, was also a law blog that sometimes discussed LDS issues).

Nate also operated the LDS-law e-mail list. On that list, some extensive discussions took place. We talked about law, SSM, abortion, politics, SSM, abortion, academia, SSM, abortion, doctrine, SSM, abortion, plus SSM and abortion. It was a lot of fun. Four of the major participants were Nate, Matt, Adam and Kaimi. (Some future blog commenters, like Lyle, Randy, and Kevin Barney, were also frequent LDS-law participants). After an extended discussion on abortion (or was it SSM?), the founding four decided to start a blog. It was November 18, 2003, and T & S was born. Even before the first post, we had also assimilated Greg and Gordon. We were overhyped from the start: Dave's Mormon Inquiry dubbed us "a great disturbance within the force" early on. Our happy family has continued to grow since then, as we've added Jim, Russell, Kristine, and Julie. In the process, we've changed blogging software twice: We started out on Blogger (see here) but switched to MT within the first week; in September 2004, we switched again to Wordpress, since we had outgrown MT.

And the rest is history.

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We love our blogchildren!

A list of blogs and bloggers who have stated that they were inspired to start blogging after reading Times and Seasons, and/or who have stated that they modeled their blogs (in whole or in part) after T & S:

A Bird's Eye View
A Motley Vision
By Common Consent
Let Us Reason
Let Your Mind Alone
Probative
Sons of Mosiah

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Testimonials: What Others are Saying About T & S

"Where else can you go to get at least an intelligible, much less charitable, exchange between an intelligent LDS republican and an intelligent LDS democrat? Where else can you go to get such a lovely jumble of academics, lawyers, and poseurs like myself? Only hell, I imagine, so in the meantime thanks to all, and that includes you bastards on the Left."
Kingsley.

"Times and Seasons is addictive. If each blog in the 'Nacle were a drug, Times and Seasons would be crack cocaine."
Wump Blog

"A great disturbance within the force."
Dave's Mormon Inquiry.

"A marvelously successful forum for online interaction."
Dave's Mormon Inquiry.

"The exceptional Times and Seasons (where liberal and conservative Mormons including a bevy of top-notch Mormon scholars blog together)."
Philocrites

"Always stimulating . . . the site that put the fire in our bellies."
Sons of Mosiah

"The Behemoth of the Bloggernacle"
By Common Consent

"I don't think you could find a larger cross-section of Mormon Misfits :-) than inhabit the cyberspace around T&S."
Feminist Mormon Housewives

"The principal bloggers are educated and well written and the subjects they post are thoughtful and stimulating."
Virtual Theology

"Times and Seasons, across the Tiber and high on the mountaintop of Deseret . . ."
Aurochs and Angels

"Times and Seasons has some very good threads."
Clark Goble

"Reading T&S is like watching ballet. Beautiful, enjoyable, somewhat useless, and I know I'm missing the finer points due to my own ignorance. Sometimes I'm envious of an ability I don't have, then I shake my head and think, 'I would *worry* about myself if I could do that.'"
Janey

"Another great LDS Blog, Times and Seasons, is a collective of some of my favorite bloggers, starring Kaimi, Nate (already of A Good Oman, The Metaphysical Elders, and The Kolob Network), Adam, Gordon, and Matt, and Greg. In less than one week they have already have several interesting discussions ranging from tithing to environmentalism, all within the LDS context. It's a great idea. . . . I like Times and Seasons."
A Soft Answer


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