- Created on Tuesday, 17 February 2009 02:41
Due to the often contentious nature of politics and policy debates, there are a number of guidelines and rules which must be followed to ensure the Hebron Dollars & Sense Forum remains a friendly place. In general, respect and simple courtesy towards others will prevent the vast majority of problems.
Each message writer is responsible for what he or she writes; neither the forum nor the staff assume responsibility, legal or otherwise, for what is written here.
The staff will attempt to catch all rule-breaking messages, and we appreciate being told of any we miss or haven’t yet seen. Please remember that messages are posted as soon as you enter them. The staff watches for rule-breaking messages, but may not see them before you do.
While participating in the Hebron Dollars & Sense Forum, please observe the following rules:
- The general guideline is that participants here must treat each other with respect and dignity, attacking ideas and issues rather than each other.
- Impersonation of another user or a public figure living or dead is illegal and against the forum rules as is the use of obscene or otherwise offensive handles. This forum requres that members use their real first and last names. We have discovered over the years that the forum is a friendlier place when you feel you’re talking to a real person. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable using your real name, the use of a pseudonym is permitted provided that it is your own, sounds like a real name, and does not violate any forum rules. "Handles" are not permitted.
- Messages that call for illegal action or might result in harm to others are not allowed on this forum.
- In general, we accept language that is commonly heard on network television evening news. Gratuitous obscenity and/or explicit or implicit descriptions of sex do not belong in this forum. Messages containing vulgar language or profanity are not allowed. Partially masking unacceptable words with asterisks or other symbols does not make the word acceptable if it is still recognizable.
- Every user is free to read and respond to every message on the board. If you dislike a correspondent, you are free to ignore him or her, but not to insist that he or she not write to you on the board.
- Respect toward other subscribers is required at all times. Personal disparagement (insulting another participant’s intellect, physical appearance, personal habits, etc.), libel, slander, inappropriate familiarity (alluding to another person’s private life or asking personal questions of a person whom the questioner doesn’t know well) or any other form of direct or indirect "personal attack" are not permitted.
- Deliberate disruption of forum discussion, harassment of other users, attacks on specific groups represented in the forum, offensiveness in subject matter or diction (choice of words) and/or disrespect for the forum rules will not be tolerated.
- Messages that seem to have no other object than to disrupt forum discussion and/or attack individuals or groups are not allowed in this forum. Such disruption can include one-liners, multiple postings of the same offensive msg, and other forms of harassment.
- Persistent attacks on forum policy or staffers simply doing their jobs are not welcome. Attempts to undermine forum policy through campaigns on the board or in e-mail are against the forum rules. We will also not allow continuous rehashing of alleged grievances or disagreements.
- Duplicate, reprinted and/or blank messages should never be placed on the message board. Blank messages will be deleted by forum staff (this is the only time forum staff will delete a message from a member). Although quotation of previous messages is effective and even necessary in some cases, users should be moderate in this as in all things. Most people do not wish to read the same message twice, so keep your quotations as brief as possible. A general rule is, if the quotation is longer than your message, it is too long.
- Messages and library files from other forums, private e-mail, messages from private sections such as the forum staff section, and other privileged information may not be posted in public without the specific written permission of the original author. Messages from this forum may not be reposted elsewhere without the author’s permission.
- The staff reserves the right to move messages from one section of the forum to another in order to make sure that each thread is in the appropriate section for its topic and tone.
- Messages that are of questionable taste or which might be construed as a personal attack on another forum member or which otherwise violate forum rules will be moved from the general discussion area. Depending on the seriousness of the offense (and the users’ prior posting history), the user may get a friendly warning or a more formal warning.
- We’re sure that you expect people to treat you fairly, and we believe in enforcing such fairness as a policy. Therefore, the forum rules listed above cannot be modified by or for individual users.
- The Hebron Dollars & Sense Forum respects copyright law. Copyrighted material may not be used here without the specific written permission of the copyright holder. Brief "fair use" excerpts are allowed as exceptions, but the staff must make final determinations of where "fair use" ends and infringement begins. Roughly, "fair use" allows less than 10% of the total of the work copied, or 500 words, whichever is less. No more than 1 stanza of a song or poem may be posted, without such a grant of permission. Remember, even a "fair use" excerpt should be properly attributed.
- Disregard for forum policy or disrespect for forum staff members performing assigned tasks are grounds for disciplinary action. If a user responds inappropriately to any warnings by SysOps, or continues to violate the rules after being warned, he or she will be locked out, either temporarily or permanently depending on the nature of the offense and the type of response given to the warning.
Participation in this forum is by sole discretion of the management and based on adherence to the above rules.