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Forum Rules

Post by Vinny Mandell on Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:25 pm

Forum Rules

By posting on the Task Force Harambe Forum you agree to abide by this Membership Agreement and any directions made by the Moderating Team.

The Membership Agreement is not meant be totally encompassing of all allowed and not allowed behaviour or content, it is a short as possible guide as to what you can and cannot do here that most reasonable people will have no major problems understanding.


The Forum is a discussion forum and we want it to be a friendly and lively (if challenging) forum for a mature audience and therefore will endeavour to ensure that civility will be the norm, but this does not mean that Members will be insulated from all insults and certainly not from challenges; the nature of the Forum inevitably involves strong emotions and opinions which can result in heated exchanges. Having your views challenged is not considered unfriendly nor uncivil.

The Forum is read by many people in many different locations (including work and educational locations), so consider if the content you are posting is “NSFW” (Not Suitable For Work). This could include pictures, audio and video and links to other sites containing such material; please err on the side of caution and if you are not sure if something is NSFW mark it as such and provide a clear warning to other Members of the nature of the content or check with a member of the Moderating Team before making your post.

We have included further explanatory notes to many of the rules, click on the link for more details.


Rules for all sections of the Forum (includes private messages & visitor messages and any other kind of post)

1. Be civil and polite.

2. You will not post anything that can be considered to be potentially criminal. The posting of computer viruses, child pornography, or links to computer viruses or child pornography is strictly prohibited. As are posts made under circumstances indicating a considered likelihood of inciting a violent or felonious act, or an intention or knowledge that its content will be used for, or in furtherance of, any criminal purpose. (Such posts will be moved offline and referred to the appropriate authorities.)

3. You will not post anything that is pornographic, obscene, or contains excessive reference to violence and/or explicit sexual acts. This includes representational artwork as well as photographic or video media and includes linking directly to such content from the Forum.

4. You will not post anything that demonstrates a clear and present danger to the welfare of another person, or otherwise tends to create alarm or apprehension that the welfare of any person is in imminent jeopardy. (Such posts will be moved offline and referred to the appropriate authorities.)

5. You will not post "copyrighted" material in its entirety and do not post large amounts of material available from other sites.

6. You will not "hotlink" unless it is explicitly allowed by the website.

7. You will not spam, flood or otherwise post in a manner that disrupts the functioning of the Forum, this includes using disruptive formatting in your posts and also includes using the Forum for commercial purposes.

8. You may only have one Membership account. Only the person registering an account may use it.

9. You may only post a Member's personal information if it is both publicly available and is relevant to the ongoing discussion.

10. You will not post anything indecent. This includes content that depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in an offensive manner.

11. You will not swear in your posts. This includes using swear words in a disguised form, for example, by replacing certain letters in the word with another letter, character, or image.

12. You will not deliberately attempt to derail threads or start threads in the wrong section.

13. “Address the argument, not the arguer." Having your opinion, claim or argument challenged, doubted or dismissed is not attacking the arguer.


These are additional actions that the Moderating Team may take that are not intended as punitive towards any Member. They are intended to help ensure that the Forum is easy to use, navigate and to keep discussions flowing. These actions will usually be noted with a blue "Info Box" rather than a red "Mod Box".


Reporting

The Moderating Team consists of volunteers and it is not intended that they should be monitoring all posts on the Forum, and such oversight would not align with the spirit of the Forum therefore the moderation of the Forum relies on the support of the Membership and we do ask Members to consider using the report button to report posts they believe breach the Membership Agreement. Please refrain from publicly stating that you have reported a post though, since that tends to achieve nothing more than further derails and bickering.

The report button may also be used to make requests for "housekeeping" such as editing titles, and in general for bringing things to the attention of the Moderating Team.

Reports are considered confidential and may be exempt from many rules, such as rules 4 and 8, if the information contained is directly relevant to the report. However, they are still expected to be civil and should not be used to make attacks against other Members.


Warnings, Suspension & Banning

While there are several methods available for the Moderating Team to issue warnings it is the content of the warning that is important and any and all warnings should be considered to have equal weight.

When possible and when appropriate, requests and warnings will be issued publicly, usually in the thread where the breach occurs. The Moderating Team may also use private messages and emails with requests, warnings and general advice if they feel it is more appropriate to do so.

Members who have ignored prior warnings or committed a serious breach of their Membership Agreement may have their Membership suspended for a period of time or even be banned. Decisions to ban or suspend are made by the Administrators or the TFH staff.

The Forum does not use a points system to determine actions and there is no minimum or maximum number of warnings or suspensions required before stronger action is taken. History, context and the severity of a breach are all taken into account to determine the appropriate action.


This Agreement may be amended and altered by the TFH Administration at any time and by continuing to post here you accept any such alterations.

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