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I probably should have asked this a few weeks ago, but didn't think about it. Can Jehovah's Witnesses run for moderator on secular websites (like this one) or is that something their religion prohibits them from doing?

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  • This would be a personal decision. – Kris Jun 4 at 21:58
  • @Kris I think you have the start of a good answer. – Ken Graham Jun 4 at 22:37
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    I thought this was going to be a question from someone else asking if JWs were excluded by some rule! – curiousdannii Jun 4 at 23:58
  • Or more generally, is it acceptable for JWs to participate in sites that discuss non-JW doctrines? – Ray Butterworth Jun 5 at 1:07
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    I was a little surprised Kris didn't run for mod, FWIW. But I thought this might be the reason. – Peter Turner Jun 5 at 2:22
  • @RayButterworth JWs endeavor to understand all denominational points of view. This site is designed to provide clear answers to specific questions. I have found it helpful to me in my conversations with non JWs. Very often I find that I have a better grasp on the official teaching of a particular group, thanks to this site, than the person professing to belong to said denomination. – Kris Jun 5 at 3:00
  • As Kris said, this is a personal decision. There are a few duties of moderators that can present problems for Jehovah's Witnesses. For one, it would mean being responsible for the moderation of content posted by apostates or to interact with ones who have been disfellowshipped. We strive to have minimal contact with these ones to the best of our ability. – 4castle Jun 5 at 3:19
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    This question might actually be more on-topic for the main site. Though I can also see how asking on meta allows the community to discuss the duties of moderators. – 4castle Jun 5 at 3:58
  • @4castle the rule for stackoverflow, at least, was you don't talk about stackoverflow (until they made meta) – Peter Turner Jun 5 at 4:09
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    @Kris, the reason I asked is because many years ago, when I worked at a summer day camp, a few of the children were JWs, and weren't allowed to take part in one of the regular activities simply because it was held indoors in a meeting room of a church building. But perhaps that was because they were children. I'm also thinking of (2Corinthians 6:17) and separating oneself from non-believers. – Ray Butterworth Jun 5 at 13:35

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