- Nov 9, 2006
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT GUIDELINES ON JAMIIFORUMS DISCUSSIONS
There will no doubt be different views on issues being discussed on this forum. Participants are not expected to agree on all matters. In order to stimulate respectful dialogue, creative thinking and a fully participatory approach, the following rules are set out for all participants:
1) Participants will keep a polite tone and ensure that a sense of respect and tolerance permeates the discussion.
2) Correct spelling, grammar, and style are expected in your writing. However, remember your audience. If you would judge another person’s writing, you can expect that someone is judging yours. Be mindful of how you look online; others will likely judge the tone and quality of your writing. Reread your posts and edit for clarity.
3) Be courteous, respectful and appropriate
Be critical of ideas, but remember there are other people involved. Be tactful and kind. You can hurt the feelings of a person reading your post.
You agree that your comments/ideas and feedback will be constructive and will not sharply criticize or attack another participant or their ideas, avoiding the use of all capital, all bold or italic letters. Criticism must be constructive, well-meaning, and well-articulated. Rants directed at any contributor are highly unacceptable. Just because you do not agree with another participant’s post/opinion does not mean that he/she is terribly wrong. Instead, offer a different perspective to encourage further discussion.
4) Avoid provocative jokes
Because you are not in a face-to-face environment, it’s easier for someone to take something you say the wrong way.
5) If you use a source, cite it properly
Give credit where credit is due. Include links where appropriate. You are solely responsible for the content of your messages. We cannot verify content and thus accept no responsibility for it, nor do we vouch for the accuracy, completeness, or utility, of any message or the qualifications of any user.
6) Be concise
Do not waste people’s time by posting basic, repetitive information. Make your point clearly and quickly.
7) Ignore bothersome members
If there is someone on this forum that bothers you, ignore him/her. Instead, report it to us (Link to a thread elaborating on how to ignore a person on JF or Report a post)
8) Flaming, Bashing, and Trolling
Hate posts and personal attacks will not be tolerated on JamiiForums. Treat others on these forums as you would expect them to treat you. Posting topics specifically designed to provoke a negative response from someone (aka trolling) is also asked to be avoided.
You agree to refrain from posting or uploading anything obscene, hateful, blasphemous, derogatory or uploading anything that is defamatory or libelous or invades another person’s privacy or proprietary rights. If you need to ask yourself whether something is appropriate, it’s probably not.
Purposely spamming a message board with senseless, vacuous, or very short messages to gain a higher post count, or just to annoy others is HIGHLY frowned upon! Commercial spamming and advertising are just as unwelcome. Promoting your site is only allowed with permission of the site owners. Bumping old threads is allowed, but needless bumps will be classed as spam. Double posting any entry is also considered as spamming!
If the members are using the Private Message (Conversations) facility to spam the others with pointless, unsolicited messages they will be banned. If anyone receives one of these messages, please contact moderators immediately. Do not post Private Messages at JamiiForums or elsewhere without the express permission of the sender of the Message.
10) Impersonating Other Users / Accessing another User’s account
You may not impersonate another known public figure or forum member or even create an account specifically for the purpose of provoking other users. Also, attempting to access or using someone else's account is strictly prohibited. You will be banned and your account may be terminated.
11) Name calling
There should be no ‘name calling’ (linking two/more display names or a display name with a real name), doing so will result into a serious ban.
12) Off-Topic Posts
There is no major punishment for off-topic posters. But let’s be honest, it drives us all mad!If you have something to say but it really has nothing to do with the current thread you are in, please open a new thread for it. Otherwise it will just be trashed.
13) Circumventing a Ban
If you log onto the forums and receive a message that you have been banned, please submit an unban request and wait for a staff member to get in touch with you. You may NOT re register under a new name if our software lets you. But, if you try to sign up again and we caught you, then it will result into a permanent ban.
14) Nudity / Porn
Please, remember that this board is a PUBLIC forum. There are 12 year olds here just as there are 60+ year olds. Nudity and porn are prohibited for obvious reasons.
15) Signatures & Avatars
We do not have any specific set of rules regarding signatures. However, we do ask you that it will not be offensive to others. No adult, drug related or racist content please.
16) Questionable Content
Since we can't have a rule to cover everything, this is the rule to, well, cover everything. These are public boards, so act like you would if you were in a public place. These issues are left to the discretion of the individual moderators, but may include any material that is knowingly false and or defamatory, misleading, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, that otherwise violates any law, or that encourages conduct constituting a criminal offense.
We reserve the right to ban any user temporarily or permanently, refuse posting from screen names we find offensive, edit or delete any post, limit postings on any topic, and shut down any topic altogether, for any reason, or no reason, without explanation or warning.