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The Styx

The Styx is the information clearinghouse for the whole Ship of Fools site. It's here that you'll find announcements about new features onboard and where you can report problems and ask questions. The board covers technical stuff, media reports, suggestions for how to do things better, questions that aren't covered in the FAQs, and a thread where you can practice using UBB code before trying it out on the other boards. For more details, see the guidelines page for the Styx.

Heaven

Heaven is one of our general discussion boards and is for creative stuff, experimental threads, storytelling, amusing asides and other miscellaneous bits and pieces. Threads which have done well in Heaven have covered "so bad it's good" TV programmes, the soundtrack to your life, fantasy stage names, stories that don't use the letter "e" and collaborative novels. Hang around long enough, and you'll get the general idea. For more details, see the guidelines page for Heaven.

Purgatory

Purgatory is the Ship of Fools serious debate board, where we talk over the big issues of contemporary culture, and delve into ethics, history, theology and various other -ologies, too. Pretty well all views are welcome in Purgatory, as long as you are prepared to debate and have your opinions challenged. For more details, see the guidelines page for Purgatory.

Hell

All bulletin boards experience flame wars, when people get into personal arguments with each other – and Ship of Fools is no exception. Because personality conflicts upset the flow of debate, we created the Hell board, which is where personal complaints and disagreements can be talked out. You'll sometime see people being told to take their argument to Hell, because it's become too hot for the other boards. Hell also has a life of its own, with threads dealing with darker humour and rants against the irritations of modern life. The rules are more relaxed in Hell... but even here there are still limits on how people can behave. For more detail, take a look at Hell's guidelines.

All Saints

All Saints focuses on the online and offline community of Ship of Fools. Online community includes prayer requests, personal announcements, greetings to other shipmates and gossip. The offline stuff is where Ship of Fools gets unplugged and shipmates meet each other for crew meets. All Saints can be used to arrange meetings and to report back on how they went, complete with compromising pictures. Want to know more? Check out the guidelines for All Saints.

Ecclesiantics

Ecclesiantics started out life as our board for discussing reports from the Mystery Worshipper project, which visits churches around the world and publishes reports that are rude, inspiring, funny and thoughtful. However, about five minutes after the board opened, people started using it to talk about church life generally, in all its wonder and weirdness. The board is now open for discussion of liturgy, worship, new forms of church and Mystery Worshipper reports. See the guidelines page for further details.

Kerygmania

Kerygmania is the Ship of Fools Bible discussion board. It is not for talking about the overall meaning and significance of the Bible, but for looking at the actual text itself. Typical thread titles are: "2 Kings 20: the shadow moved backwards", "Paul and women", or even simply "Ephesians 1 v 13". If you want to talk about what Jesus meant when he told the parable of the talents, this is the place to post. For more info, see the Kerygmania guidelines page.

The Circus

The Circus is our board for games, word-plays, obscure facts, limericks, haikus, cricket (plus other sports), and polls – in fact, this is the only Ship of Fools board where any shipmate can set up a poll. For more info, see the Circus guidelines page.

Dead Horses

This is where we corral discussion threads that have been debated endlessly on the Ship of Fools boards before. The reason we do this is so that predictable subjects are confined to one area, allowing more creative and original topics to have the run of the other boards. For more info, see the Dead Horses guidelines page.

Limbo

This is our archive of fun, interesting or thought-provoking threads. It is a read-only board, with threads listed in alphabetical order by board.
 
 
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