Sunday, 25 January 2015

How-to: Code of Conduct and Community Rules for the Forum



"Where would we be if we didn't have rules? France. Where would we be if we had too many rules? Germany."
- Al Murray, the Pub Landlord.

Our current forum has been running just over a year and I realised only this week, there was no formal Code of Conduct and Community Rules. Fortunately, we have a considerate, polite, but small number of engaged users, so this hasn't been a problem. But there may come the unruly day when someone decides not to play nice with the other kids.


For which purpose, I have modified the rules from the PHP Community pages in order to implement a polite, but firm, 'light-touch' regime. Because in reality, no rules just looks like Italy, while wearing the straight-jacket of rules just means you're Swiss. I can make these jokes. I'm British. RC

Code of Conduct and Community Rules for the Forum

Your access to the Forum is subject to the Terms and Conditions of your membership, which you can find at /footer/terms-and-conditions/.

The storage and confidentiality of anything that you post on the Forum is subject to our Privacy Policy which you can find at /footer/privacy-policy/.

Under our Code of Conduct for the Forum, you agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-orientated or any other material that may violate any laws of the United Kingdom, your country of access or residence, the country where the Forum is hosted, or International Law.

Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned, with notification of your Internet Service Provider if deemed required by us.

The IP address of all posts are recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that (we) have the right to remove, edit, move, close or put on moderation queue any topic at any time should we see fit, based on the site-wide rules as well as forum-specific rules (published within the specific forums).

Please note that currently any very first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the site wide rules.

As a user you agree to any information you have entered to being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent, Research in Practice cannot be held responsible for any third party attacks that may lead to the data being compromised.

COMMUNITY RULES

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on the Forum. They have been compiled and are revised regularly by the team and should be adhered to by everyone.

FORUM RULES

Members should:
  • Post in the relevant forum. Users are asked to read the forum descriptions before posting. Users consistently posting to the wrong forum may be given a warning (see policing below).
  • Post in a way that is respectful of other users. Flaming or abusing users in any way will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning.
  • Remember this forum is aimed at a professional audience who should be treated as work colleagues in a working environment.
  • Post in a way which is consistent with "normal writing". That is users should not post excessive numbers of emoticons, large, small or coloured text, etc. Similarly users should not SHOUT using block capitals or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts.
  • Use an appropriate, descriptive subject sufficient to identify the area of interest when posting a new topic. Examples of bad subjects include; "Help me!", "I'm stuck!", "An awkward case!" Examples of good subjects include; "Safeguarding in Schools", "Social Work registration - Period of Updating."
  • Respect the copyright of other users, web-sites, publishers or media. Users linking to or asking for copyrighted information, attaching or or re-printing material without permission will receive a warning and their post will be removed.
  • Post in English, please, as this is an English speaking community. Posts in other languages are not consistent with our policy of open access and are liable to be removed
  • Members should respect the bandwidth of other users and web-sites and should not attach or link to large documents or media files. The use of inline ([IMG][/IMG]) image tags pointing to data stored on third party systems for which the user has not received permission to link to may be removed.
Members should NOT:
  • Act as "back seat moderators". If members note an issue which contravenes something in this policy document they are welcome to bring it to the attention of a member of the team. Please use the “post report” feature to report posts. Do not respond to such topics yourself. Members who constantly "act" as moderators may be warned.
  • Post pornographic or generally offensive text, images and links; such behaviour will not be tolerated and will lead to a warning; it will also be reported to the member's parent organisation.
  • Bully or abuse other users of this forum. Such behaviour will incur a warning and repeated warnings will bead to a ban.
  • Spam is not tolerated here under any circumstance. This includes offering third party services (charged and free), items for sale or any material deemed 'off-topic' by the Forum administrators, all of which will be removed and the person posting it will be banned. Posting of job vacancies on a 'general interest' basis will be allowed, however, 'head-hunting' and targeting of specific individuals or organisations for recruitment will be considered a commercial abuse of the Forum which will be removed and the person posting it will be banned.

ADMINISTRATION
The Team reserves the right to edit, remove or put into a moderation queue any post at any time. Please note that currently any first post is automatically placed in the moderation queue and will be approved/disapproved according to the present rules. The determination of what is construed as indecent, vulgar, spam, etc. as noted in these points will be decided by the Research in Practice team.

PRIVATE MESSAGING
The above forum rules where applicable also apply to private messaging. Abuse of the private messaging system may lead to warnings (as above) and/or the revocation of private messaging.

POLICING
The Team operates a 'three strikes' policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a ban will applied which may be temporary or permanent according to the severity of the offence.

Members who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact us using the Complaints Procedure described at: /footer/complaints-procedure/.




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