- Play nice, please . Those who intentionally harass other members, openly or via private correspondence, will be subject to our reminder/warning/suspension policy. Intentional malicious trolling and use of offensive language, images or jokes, with the intention of harassing, intimidating, tormenting or persecuting another member, or in the knowledge that such posts are likely to cause widespread general offense, will not be tolerated. The response will depend on the severity of the infraction, the context of the post and will be decided upon via staff discussion.
Please note: Offensive language, images and jokes are not in themselves disallowed, merely their application to intentionally harass or cause widespread offense. Also, if a member wishes to post an image which is relevant to the discussion but they believe there is a chance it may cause upset or offense, they are requested to spoiler the image and add a clear warning in red. Members who persist in posting potentially upsetting or offensive images without spoilers and warnings will be subject to our reminder/warning/suspension policy. Context will always be considered and staff reserve the right to remove images we deem inappropriate.
- No personal attacks. If you don't agree with someone, debate their argument, behaviour or beliefs, do not attack their person. Attacks may be direct ("You are a cunt.") or indirect ("Somebody with that view is stupid."). The initial response for a first personal attack will usually be a reminder or warning - however the choice of response will depend on the severity of the attack and will be decided upon via staff discussion. Attacks made in jest (with the understanding of both/all parties - tacit or otherwise) are allowed. In the first instance, staff will attempt to ascertain if an attack was in jest. Staff will discuss the attack with both parties where possible and then decide what action to take.
- No pornographic images or links to porn. NSFW nude images may be posted in the NSFW subforum. NSFW is accessible by joining the NSFW usergroup. Before posting in the NSFW subforum, please read the forum specific guidelines thread posted there.
- No disclosure of any private details relating to other members (including all forms of correspondence, physical meetings, details of relationships, photographs, anonymised recounts or stories, etc.) without the permission of the other party/ies involved.
- Sock puppets are ostensibly against the rules. The penalty for sock puppetry is banning of the puppet. However, puppetry should be regarded as 'decriminalised', and the staff will usually allow it to continue while it's funny (or adds something worthwhile to the forum). Puppeteers are not required to inform the staff of their intentions.
- Sock puppets created with malicious intent; to skew the results of polls or attack other forum members (for example) will be banned immediately and the puppeteer dealt with in a way appropriate to any further rules they may have broken. However, the puppeteer's account will not be banned.
- Spammers will be banned on sight. Forum members are however free to tout, promote and discuss their own products, creations and achievements in threads they start about them or threads in which they feel their input is relevant. They should not feel discouraged from doing so. However, forum members who persist in spamming their book/website/birthday party purely for reasons of advertising, will be politely asked to stop, and subject to our reminder/warning/suspension policy if they continue.
- Permanent bans will only be issued to spammers and malicious sock puppets (see above). It is currently our policy that permanent bans will not be an option for other forms of rule breaking.
- Members may also request temporary account suspensions due to family/work pressures etc..
- Our reminder/warning/suspension policy: Breaching the above guidelines will lead to staff issuing a reminder ----> warning ----> suspension of increasing duration (24 hours and upwards, but no longer than six months) process of consequences. The initial choice in this series will depend on the severity of the breach and will be decided upon by staff discussion.
Reminders are simply informal reminders of the rules.
Warnings are issued to members in the form of a warning of imminent suspension if the member continues their behaviour. An example might be, "Please stop doing that or you will be suspended for 24 hours". Board warnings (using the forum software) are never used as part of our reminder/warning/suspension policy. They are only ever issued in jest... mostly for bad puns or other fucking about.
Suspensions are regarded as a means of allowing members who have breached the forum rules time to cool off and reflect - as well as removing them temporarily from the source of discord (i.e. the forum). Members should be aware that this is not a system whereby warnings accrued will lead to a ban.
PM Reports - The forum software allows the reporting of post and PMs to the Staff for the purpose of bringing possible rule-breaking to their attention. (Please note that as this makes the contents of the PM visible to staff to deal with the complaint, obvious abuse of this feature will be regarded as a breach of our "No disclosure of private details" rule and will be dealt with using our reminder/warning/suspension policy.)
IMPORTANT PRIVACY INFORMATION:
- All attachments, including those sent via private message are stored and viewable to admin via the Administration Control Panel. Also, be aware that attached files are NOT SECURE and can potentially be viewed by anyone.
If members wish to remove their attachments from private messages they can do so via their User Control Panel and 'manage attachments'.
- Take responsibility - if you are uncomfortable with actions directed towards you or others, then voice your objections, either directly to the offending person/s or to staff/a staff member.
- Members ought to be aware that not everyone has the same standards; even if it is normal behaviour for you, other members might not be comfortable with it.
These new rules were issued on 20th July 2009.
Amended: 24th July 2009 to add "Deletion Request" rule.
Amended: 29th July 2009 (Au CST) to reduce the cooling off period for member requested account deletion from 30 days to 48 hours
Amended: 8th August 2009 to remove deactivation and deletion rules.
Amended: 1st September 2009 to modify non-disclosure rule.
Amended: 11th March 2010 to include specific reference to PM harassment and to change the note on the reminder/warning/suspension.
Amended: 4th May 2010 to include specific reference to reporting of PMs to staff after the forum software upgrade included the new feature.
Amended: 14th August 2012 reflect changes in the way members join the NSFW group and to clear up lingering discrepancies since modding policies changes 2 years ago.
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